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Girl With Bird's Nest by Sybille Sterk

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Sub Title: The Clock is Ticking


A suitable image for Easter you may think, but not so, this image is in fact about the body clock most women hear ticking away in their heads. I think women are more aware of their own bodies and also of the fact that their child bearing years are only for so long and that at a certain age having a child may be difficult if not impossible.

This is not to say that all women want children, but even just the possibility of still being able to have them if you want them. Hence the nest, which sits squarely on her head with the eggs prominently displayed the same way the idea of maybe having children one day is squarely in many women’s heads.

However, nowadays having children also has become a ‘fashion accessory’, which is why the nest is shown like a chic little hat and why I’ve chosen a fashion style portrait for the model. Having children, self esteem and career are all intertwined if you are a woman. Having children often means a break if not a stop to a career, which changes your view of yourself. Suddenly, after being a woman with her own career and own ‘life’ you become a mother and nurturer, which changes relationships and your view on life.

The pocket watches symbolise the body clock ticking away inside…

Others in the series:


Calendar cover:




Anya stock II by DxlogicL

Egg nest by Basically-Birds
egg stock 3 by hatestock
Steampunk Objects 17 by pinkpaint-stock
Stock 198 by sophia-T
watch 5 by Luna-8-stock
Stock- Dragon Pocket Watch by idolhands
Stock- Gold Pocket Watch by idolhands
Bows PNG by AWorldOfMagic by aworldofmagic

Backgrounds, Patterns and Textures
Floral pattern by Snufver
two week heat by CKdailyplanet
Backblech 01 by sundel
grunge textures 01 by buzillo-stock
Daguerreo Texture Set by Shadowhouse
6 Faves Of Mine Texture Set # 3 by Shadowhouse
All Hallows Eve Texture Set by Shadowhouse

Brushes and Actions
17 Grunge Border Bars Brush Set by Shadowhouse
Feathers Brushes Set 1 by Falln-Stock
Mesh Lace and Fringe Brushes by Falln-Stock
Ropes n Chains Brushes by redheadstock
5 Floral Ornament Brushes by idealhut
Perfect Portrait 3 Action by TheCoffeeshopBlog

All other images,textures, brushes etc 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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  • rodeorose
    rodeorosealmost 4 years ago

    Oh that’s so very beautiful Sybille- love the green, the way you have conveyed that state of mind where we become aware of our body clocks and its limitations…oh your notes on this invite such thought…touching on the myth that we must strive to have it all..the result of which is often a sense of inadequacy… xx

  • Thank you so much Rose. :-) I am so glad you like it and all that I wanted to pack in there came across. :-) xo

    – Sybille Sterk

  • TheWanderingBoo
    TheWanderingBooalmost 4 years ago

    beautiful artwork

  • Thank you so much Boo. :-) xo

    – Sybille Sterk

  • Margi
    Margialmost 4 years ago

    superb Sybille, words fail me :))

  • Thank you so much Margaret.:-) xo

    – Sybille Sterk

  • Carol Knudsen
    Carol Knudsenalmost 4 years ago

    Beautiful in every way….emotional….touching….poignant…..

  • Thank you so much Carol. :-) It took forever to cut out the nest. LOL I think I spent almost 4 hours just on that… xo

    – Sybille Sterk

  • linifer
    liniferalmost 4 years ago

    Love it! So much depth to your thinking too. Great art :)

  • Thank you so much Linifer. Greatly appreciated. :-)

    – Sybille Sterk

  • Monjii
    Monjiialmost 4 years ago

    Gorgeous..the green is beautiful and the face very sweet. Well done

  • Thank you so much. :-)

    – Sybille Sterk

  • BasantSoni
    BasantSonialmost 4 years ago

    Super expression & composition ..with great close up ..

  • Thank you so much Basant. :-)

    – Sybille Sterk

  • Mike Paget
    Mike Pagetalmost 4 years ago

    Fab work again!

  • Thank you so much Mike. :-)

    – Sybille Sterk

  • © Kira Bodensted
    © Kira Bodenstedalmost 4 years ago



  • Thank you so much Kira. Greatly appreciated. :-) Love your collections. :-) xoxo

    – Sybille Sterk

  • Rene Hales
    Rene Halesalmost 4 years ago

    Congratulations! Creative! Fun! and well done.

  • Thank you so much Rene. :-)

    – Sybille Sterk

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