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Love Bird by BeaGifted Love Bird by BeaGifted
A friend of mine, here on DA, SKTAF asked what this one meant. She wasn’t the first because a lot of folk thought it kind of creepy that this woman has a Bird Cage for a chest. I like to think of it this way: Women look for that special someone who will make their heart sing-- and while they entertain the opposite sex with sweet love songs and shows of affection, the fear of being hurt, or having known the pain of being hurt, or even the unrealistically high expectations women have set on men have become a cage which locks their heart away from truly accepting and knowing.

The heart is a precious thing; therefore it should be guarded carefully, and not passed around to anyone who will take it, as some do. But, it should not be locked away because of fear, past bad experiences, or high expectations.

I would love to do more with this one—by adding more birds and tightening it up, buuut this is about as far as I’m going to get on it for a while, with all the commissions I have occupying my time. It’s sometimes rare that I have the opportunity to indulge in my own work ^_^. Perhaps you can give me some suggestions for some birds to include in the composition.

Oh, and check out the original sketch : [link]
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Piishii-isdzan Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2010
Gorgeous. The feathers in her hat look so soft.
CharlotteEvil Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2010
it reminds me of steampunk - how did future exist in the past.
and that is a scary vision.
Looking at her clothes - probably victorian or later - that's how people would see the future: empty people.
PaulaMela Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
I loooove everything in this!
Elemental-mother Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2010
i understood the bird in the cage :) for some reason i saw the dove as temptation and the one on her shoulder as past bad experinces, like a weight...
Oruba Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2009
That's beautiful! The look on her face is wonderful. I love the colours and the cage is just genius! :+favlove:
happyspaz Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2009
beautiful piece. The color use is amazing
runswithvamps17 Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2009  Hobbyist Writer
i wrote a poem and it goes with this perfectly...lovely, please finish
Pim-s Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2009
awesome work! I really like it!
Alosa Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Amazing work,very nice idea :hug:
Genki-Chu-Hi Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
this is absolutely gorgeous, both in meaning and execution. I love it!!!
Gettinfresh Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Even before I read your Comment I could tell what the implication was. You did a beautiful job of truly capturing what some women feel like.
Rosemary-Niehaus Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2009
this is so amazing!
GlassGlobeFlower Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2009
I'm in love with her hat ;P. Awesome work, I love the meaning behind it and the execution of it! <3
Seyreene Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is a beautiful, melancholic picture! The strong, saturated colours make it so lively... (And I really like the hat.)
cabepfir Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
the artwork is fascinating and really symbolic, but it is your comment that adds that special flavour.
yeaboikat Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
i think it's cool...
cori-stays-fresh Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2009
they are beautiful birds
Perfection0080 Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2009
I hope you put some depth on the cage and whatnot. I know its not done yet but you really going to have to work it when it comes to that part. So that it dont just look like a Cage over her chest but as her actually chest. I would suggest having a Raven luring somewhere in the back respecting the devil
arekudemon Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2009
Gorgeous. I dont see why people were creeped out by this. It's simply beautiful. Both in concept and in execution <3
Stultuscaudex Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2009
That's cute. :)
Kuzunari Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2009
thank you for the explanation. how moving. i love the concept, especially since as a woman i can identify with what you are saying :) i like her 'yes and no' expression, like consoling a child who's crying for a hug. 'oh honey i want to but not right now' ^_^ i can't even imagine how much more spectacular you can make thiss piece. we will see.
samwongsart Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2009
Stunning and pretty. :)
ElizabethDane Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2009
This is my favourite "Favourite" ^^
Thanks for the amazing work!
tonifasic Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2009
Beautiful. I love how you've shown us the sketch as well, and the change in emotion between the two is lovely. She seems so.. forlorn. :heart:
Achen089 Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2009   Traditional Artist
Stunning,love the concept and colours.Great work.
flinx Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
i love the message:) so dang much:)

I'd love to see a hummingbird:) flittering away like an emotion.
iamjustin Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2009
this is really creative! i love the concept behind it.
mistyteardrops Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2009
please finish it. it's one of the most beautiful and meaningful paintings i've seen (and it's not even done yet).
cannot wait to see the finished version (:
Eurii Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2009
it's beautiful. it's like she wants to be set free.
she has a purpose and she's passionate. but is locked away..
ParvaLupa Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Lovely idea, for additional birds that fit the meaning behind it I'd think of a contrast between domestic birds and bird of prey as some cling to one owned like a great kakatoo, in contrary to eagles or other which only will return to one person for the purpose of food and nothing else. I've no idea how exactly those'd fit in one picture, but with the meaning that's what pops in my mind. :)
Pandazdesuyo Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2009  Student
I really like the concept and the colors. What program are you using? Painter? I love the textures of your brushes. :D
wendystolyarov Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Oh, I ADORE this! Is it wrong that it reminds me of Mary Poppins? :)
Sedge31 Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2009
*Reads artists comments. Wipes away little tear*

I think this picture is beautiful and I hope you get a chance to work on more of your own ideas if this is the sort of thing which results. Jealous much?! Yeah, totally ;o)
Ichanwoman Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2009
Love it! It´s hands made? of by the PC?
Sussi1 Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2009   Digital Artist
Truly a great piece!
raddishh Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2009
So beautiful, and very passionate! I love the spots you left a little rough. And her hat is beautiful.

Have you heard this song? It reminds me of this picture. 8D
raddishh Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2009

EH crappy link, so here's the same song, diff video.
raddishh Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2009
Wow, DA hates youtube. XD
GreyOculus Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
That's a beautiful concept. I hope you can finish it one day :heart:
WaterAngel42 Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2009  Student Traditional Artist
awesome concept! ^^ remindes me of Alice in wonderland! but with a more 50's fashion beat to it! :clap:
kyria Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2009  Professional General Artist
This is an amazing concept; I love both the sketch and the final image.
Isuzu-san Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2009
I love it! What an awesome idea and message!!!
(Haha, even though at first, it reminded me of one of the birds in Disney's "Alice in Wonderland" that also had a bird cage for a body - but I definitely like your idea better =] )

I also love how it looks so much like an actual painting, great job!!!
Muirin007 Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2009  Student Traditional Artist
Beautiful, beautiful, even in its unfinished state. Gorgeous highlights on her face. A wonderful concept as well, very thought provoking.
art-baz Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
it's very nice and very shiny colors but the girl looks sad..
nekobomb Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2009
There should be more art like this on DA. Thought provoking is awesome. I love the brush textures and her expression.
SydneysDoodles Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2009
This is really cool!! :D
paflion Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2009
She looks almost sad but hopeful while looking at that bird.. maybe someone she loves but she knows she can't have? And the bird on her shoulder the one who wants to make her heart sing but is ignored?

I'm overanalyzing oTL
Salthy Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Ooeh I love the idea.. a bit creepy indeed, but interesting non the less! Maybe you could insert an lovebird as a bird? Cause they really exist XD


(they are really cute <3 Like mini parrots!)
Pumkkin Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2009
a blue-cheeked bee-eater bird ... its very beautiful, and supposed to be quite rare, a bit like what your trying to convey about love :]
Dimaar Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is so beautiful!
I love the idea with the bird cage in the dress.
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