Pretty Bird by Sybille Sterk


Inspired by Imelda May’s song You’re Smotherin’ Me

32 Favourites 20/01/2012
Featured in The Group, The Fantasy Art Group, Art Universe, All Out Emotion, and Favourite Fantasy Creations

See video here:

and read the lyrics to the song here

The song made me think of the interaction between “the prisoner and the prison guard” (so to speak). The obsessional tendency itself in the “prison guard” creates its own prison until it becomes unclear who holds whom prisoner. I tried to show this ambiguity of cause and effect in the image. Hence the ambiguous title. :-)

Isla9 by faestock
Textures (Dirty Wall) by Shadowhouse
Hair brush set by para-vine

All other images/textures/brushes my own. Created in Photoshop.

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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  • Rookwood Studio ©
    Rookwood Studio ©over 3 years ago

    Tis beautiful Sybille. Well done you!

  • Thank you so much Lisa. :-) xo

    – Sybille Sterk

  • Dave Callaway
    Dave Callawayover 3 years ago

    Beautiful work Sybille.. love it.. :-))

  • Thanks so much Dave. :-)

    – Sybille Sterk

  • dovey1968
    dovey1968over 3 years ago

    that is BRILLIANT, your mind is amazing, absolutely beautiful !

  • Thanks so much Dovey. :-) LOL My mind is totally cluttered and messy, with all sorts of stuff rolling around in it. :-) xo

    – Sybille Sterk

  • AmbientKreation
    AmbientKreationover 3 years ago

    Beautiful image.

  • Thanks so much. :-)

    – Sybille Sterk

  • sandraharris10
    sandraharris10over 3 years ago

    Amazing stuff Sybille, well done :-)

  • Thanks so much Sandra. :-) xo

    – Sybille Sterk

  • Angela  Burman
    Angela Burmanover 3 years ago

    Wow Sybille. Stunning work

  • Thanks so much Angela. :-)

    – Sybille Sterk

  • autumnwind
    autumnwindover 3 years ago

    what a concept. you are a marvel! beautiful and thought provoking! xoxoxoxox

  • Thanks so much Shar. :-) Been listening to a lot of Imelda’s songs recently and found her really inspiring. :-) xoxoxoxoxoxoxo ♥♥♥

    – Sybille Sterk

  • Bumchkin
    Bumchkinover 3 years ago

    great work

  • Many, many thanks. :-)

    – Sybille Sterk

    JUSTARTover 3 years ago

    wonderful work

  • Thanks so much Sylvia. :-) xoxo

    – Sybille Sterk

  • linaji
    linajiover 3 years ago

    Oh how I wish she would land on my wrist!! lovely lovely indeed!!

  • Thanks so much Linaji. :-) I loved the sensuality and freedom in her posture in juxtaposition to the shackles… I love contrasts. :-) xoxo

    – Sybille Sterk

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