Lady Godiva by Sybille Sterk


69 Favourites ~ 9 Features ~ 537 Views 7/02/2012

This image was inspired by the legend of Lady Godiva. After trying to persuade her husband to lift the oppressive taxation she finally ended up giving in to his challenge and riding naked through the town ‘clothed in her hair’ to get him to lift the taxes.

From that original idea I went on to think how women have used their hair to hide behind, to ‘embellish’ themselves, and the legend of witches who stopped being witches when their hair was cut off. Seems there’s magic in hair, as it is one of our greatest weapons still and used in all sorts of ways to entice people to do what we want, which makes hair a double edged sword.

Another image created with a stock image of the beautiful Jessica Truscott (Faestock).

Red silk13 by faestock
Vintage Oil Painting Texture Set by Shadowhouse
Another Mixed Texture Set by Shadowhouse
Hair brush set by para-vine
Hair Brushes Set 6 by Falln-Brushes
hair brushes by WCS-Wildcat:

All other images/textures/brushes my own. Created with 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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  • Fiery-Fire
    Fiery-Fireabout 3 years ago

    wow Sybille instant fave !! beautiful flow & palette

  • Thanks so much. The hair took forever and was done and redone and redone again until I was happy with it. :-) xo

    – Sybille Sterk

  • scottimages
    scottimagesabout 3 years ago

    OMG! OMG! OMG!!

    I so wish I could fave this a thousand times! :D

  • Thank you so much Rosemary. :-) xoxo

    – Sybille Sterk

  • Mieke Boynton
    Mieke Boyntonabout 3 years ago

    Wow, Sybille! This is gorgeous!!!

  • Thanks so much Mieke. :-) It took forever! I spent three days on it until I was happy with it. xo

    – Sybille Sterk

  • Carol Knudsen
    Carol Knudsenabout 3 years ago

    This deserves the HIGHEST praise! Absolutely STUNNING work Sybille!!! One of my all time fave works of yours!!!! ♥

  • Thanks so much Carol. :-) Have to admit it’s one of my all time faves, too. Took forever to paint the hair and get it just right. If I hadn’t told myself ‘enough is enough’ I’d probably still be trying to mess around with it. LOL xoxo ♥

    – Sybille Sterk

  • twistwashere
    twistwashereabout 3 years ago

    ooh , wow , giving it the story , makes it even more beautiful , a lovely piece.

  • :-) Thanks so much.

    – Sybille Sterk

  • Linda Lees
    Linda Leesabout 3 years ago


  • Thanks so much Linda. :-) Greatly appreciated. :-)

    – Sybille Sterk

  • vampvamp
    vampvampabout 3 years ago


  • Thanks so much Jacqui. :-) Greatly appreciated. :-)

    – Sybille Sterk

  • fototaker
    fototakerabout 3 years ago

    excellent concept Vision and execution. i love that flowing red, and actually thought you had used flower parts!! gorgeous finish and yes, i do love hair too and look for it (or lack of) when i photograph people! congrats on the features soon to come! ;)

  • Thanks so much. :-) Greatly appreciated. :-) Hair is magical. :-)

    – Sybille Sterk

  • Jan Clarke
    Jan Clarkeabout 3 years ago

    This is so beautiful. The intricacy and light are just wonderful, and your colours are my favoaurites, too!

  • Thanks so much Jan. :-) Greatly appreciated. :-) xo

    – Sybille Sterk

  • Valerie Anne Kelly
    Valerie Anne K...about 3 years ago

    Beautiful sweetheART 5*****zz ;~} happy hippy hugglez

  • Thanks so much Val. :-) Greatly appreciated. :-)

    – Sybille Sterk

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