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Sub Title: The Betrayal

I think I might need to explain the sub title. This image – although very pretty and seductive is actually about the way we ‘deal’ with beauty. It’s more often than not something we use and abuse rather than just admire. The flowers (my own pictures of cherryblossom) symbolise the lure whereas the hummingbird symbolises, the ‘vampires’ that feed on the beauty. Of course beauty isn’t always seen this way, but open a magazine or watch the ads on TV and you know exactly what I mean…. In part it was inspired by Madame Butterfly, a tragic opera by Puccini about a geisha abandoned by her American lover, hence the slightly ‘oriental’ feel.

Others in the series:

Calendar cover:




Model 1

Kimono 31 by Kechake-stock

Hummingbird Stock 02 by rml-stock
Gothic Lace fan by allyekhrah-stock

Backgrounds and Textures
mr youngstrom by CKdailyplanet
just gave it to him by “_CKdailyplanet:
*blood red bokeh
by DyingBeautyStock
floral embossed texture by beckas_*”:
BlueTextures by letinhastock
Oriental Black 1 by inspyretash-stock
6 Faves Of Mine Texture Set # 4 by Shadowhouse
Rich Tones Texture Set by Shadowhouse

17 Grunge Border Bars Brush Set by Shadowhouse
Hair brush set by para-vine
czchagas decorative curlys by caiojosechagas

All other images/textures/stock/brushes my own.


I am a very creative person and it’s my way of dealing with the world, inside and out. I am only happy when I am making things or painting or writing. There are just not enough hours in the day…. I am into poetry and photo manipulation at the moment and also dabbling in photography. :-)

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  • Cosimo Piro
    Cosimo Piroalmost 4 years ago

    No matter what interpretation one reads into this it is a beautiful image… initial impression was how great beauty in one is not accepted by oneself and in self doubt we turn our backs and not share it to those who see it. Beautiful in all its splendour, Sybille. xoxo

  • Thank you so much for your thoughtful comment. Your explanation works really well too. LOL xoxo

    – Sybille Sterk

  • autumnwind
    autumnwindalmost 4 years ago

    your creativity astounds me and this is an extremely beautiful image. I love looking larger and studying the detail. at first I had trouble identifying a hummingbird as a vampire, for to me they are such good, enchanting and most positive creatures. but then in knowing how they operate so keenly as nature intended, I understood your point, but, I must say, it is difficult still. I wonder how you feel about it? it makes sense, but I could think of other darker creatures. I am supposing you meant it as a caution to be wary of that something may appear to be what it is not?
    your biggest fan, shar xoxoxoxoxoxoxo ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥

  • Hi Sweetie, the point I was trying to make is that even the vampires use beauty as a lure… If I’d used a bat, it would have just confirmed stereotypes, but not made the point I was trying to make about the “business of beauty”, where everyone is beautiful. The Greeks had this idea that beauty equals goodness, but that’s not really true now (if it ever was), the predators of today are very good at hiding their claws and teeth. So I think, yes, the point I was trying to make was that you need to be wary about things which aren’t always what they appear. :-) xoxoxoxox ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥

    – Sybille Sterk

  • Albert
    Albertalmost 4 years ago

    Albert was here!

  • LOL

    – Sybille Sterk

  • Pat Moore
    Pat Moorealmost 4 years ago

    Outstanding Sybille!!!!!!!!!

  • Thank you so much Pat. I spent forever ‘cutting out’ the cherryblossom and blending them in… Glad it to hear it was worth it. :-) xo

    – Sybille Sterk

  • Lisa  Jewell
    Lisa Jewellalmost 4 years ago

    beautiful and delightful…makes me swoon which is what true beauty does to me xxx

  • Thank you so much Lisa. This is exactly what true beauty should do. It shouldn’t be the idea of how much money we can make of it or how we can ‘blemish’ this beauty that first springs to mind… xoxoxox

    – Sybille Sterk

  • cdcantrell
    cdcantrellalmost 4 years ago

    Beautiful piece!!

  • Thank you so much. :-)

    – Sybille Sterk

  • Tammera
    Tammeraalmost 4 years ago


  • Thank you so much Tammera. :-)

    – Sybille Sterk

  • ✿✿ Bonita ✿✿ ђєℓℓσ
    ✿✿ Bonita ✿✿ ђ...almost 4 years ago

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    (¸.·´ (¸.·´ .·´ ¸¸.·¨¯`·.♥♥ Wonderful creativity,Wonderful colour Beautiful image Nicely done and presented

  • Thank you so much. :-)

    – Sybille Sterk

  • Margi
    Margialmost 4 years ago

    Simply superb !

  • Thank you so much Margaret. :-)

    – Sybille Sterk

  • Mary Sedici
    Mary Sedicialmost 4 years ago

    April 16th, 2011
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  • Thank you so much Mary. :-) Much, much appreciated. xo

    – Sybille Sterk

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