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Sub Title: Working on it

This is another image in my Girl with … Series.

Everyone must know by now how much I love fairy tales and how much I hate the way women are depicted in them – unlikely role models for our daughters. The Princess and the Pea seems to be one of the worst of them – I ask you, a girl chosen to be the future queen because she looks pretty after having been out in a storm and because a pea hidden under her mattresses makes her bruise… Hmmm.

Well, this is her daughter, struck by the same ‘pea affliction’ she decided she was having none of it, so now she’s attempting to desensitise herself by surrounding herself with peas, hoping to cure the disease…

However this is also an image about mothers and daughters and the need to rebel against your mother and all she stands for – Princess of the Pea’s portrait can be seen standing in the corner looking with surprise and disapproval at her daughter’s shenanigans.

Others in the series:

Calendar cover:




Model 1
Greek statue by Sinned-angel-stock

Model 2
Anachronic 3 by senzostock

Mirror 1 by wrecklesstock

Backgrounds and Textures
Room in sepia by stocksbyannaforyou
Sweet Pea by Qi-lin
WTF Texture Set by Shadowhouse
Attic Treasures Texture Set by Shadowhouse
Aged and Crackling Effects Texture Set by Shadowhouse
6 Faves Texture Sets 3 by Shadowhouse

Brushes and Actions
Ropes n Chains Brushes by redheadstock
Lace Brush Set by CourtHouse
Hair brush set by para-vine
17 Grunge Border Bars Brush Set by Shadowhouse
Perfect Portrait 3 Action by TheCoffeeshopBlog

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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    LESLEY Bover 3 years ago

    BEAUTIFUL creation, lovin it, that look in her eyes so does depict the desensitising, gorgeous piece … xox Lesley xox …

  • Thank you so much Lesley. :-) xo

    – Sybille Sterk

  • Lissywitch
    Lissywitchover 3 years ago

    fabulous creation Sybille

  • Thank you so much Lissy. :-)

    – Sybille Sterk

  • Carol Knudsen
    Carol Knudsenover 3 years ago

    Awesome execution Sybille!!!!

  • Thank you so much Carol. Spent hours taking pictures of peas and masking them… LOL xo :-)

    – Sybille Sterk

  • annacuypers
    annacuypersover 3 years ago

    Wonderful work again Sybille, for me one of the best in this series ! xoxo

  • Thank you so much Anna. :-) I can’t decide which one I like best. LOL Probably girl with toads… xoxo

    – Sybille Sterk

  • Declan Carr
    Declan Carrover 3 years ago

    beautiful!! title had me thinking.

  • Thank you so much Dec. :-) Thinking about my spelling? LOL xo

    – Sybille Sterk

  • michellerena
    michellerenaover 3 years ago

    Fantastic work Sybille

  • Thank you so much Michelle. :-) How are things? xo

    – Sybille Sterk

  • Vicki Ferrari
    Vicki Ferrariover 3 years ago

    Wow, Sybill, absolutely BRILLIANT!!! And love your story!!! :)))

  • Thank you so much Vicki. :-) Glad you liked the story. Just a bit of wondering ‘what if’. I love doing that. xoxo

    – Sybille Sterk

  • Traceyisanozzy
    Traceyisanozzyover 3 years ago

    How gorgeous Sybille, love those peas and your message! :)

  • Thank you so much Tracey. :-) It’s the one thing I hate about (western) fairy tales. So few strong female characters. Other cultures seem to have far more strong female characters, I wonder why that is? xo

    – Sybille Sterk

  • Anna Shaw
    Anna Shawover 3 years ago

    Love it Sybille – and the message is just spot on.

  • Thank you so much Anna. :-) It’s something that always annoyed me… LOL xo

    – Sybille Sterk

  • Thelma Van Rensburg
    Thelma Van Ren...over 3 years ago

    So cooool!

  • Thank you so much Thelma. :-)

    – Sybille Sterk

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