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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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Kanara102 Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
I love this concept ^.^
the bird on her shoulder and the hat are super nice too.
ChiseledDiamondGTB Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
these are not love birds XD
pinballwitch Featured By Owner May 17, 2015

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ABelladonna Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh My God! Im in love with your art! <33
Ardinaryas Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2014  Professional Filmographer
really nice idea :D
beautiful image
Monsterdog9 Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
WanderingSketch Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2013  Student Digital Artist
This is the most ingenious thing I've seen all day!
Ragini123 Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2013   Traditional Artist
Very interesting idea!
L1ghtningpaw Featured By Owner May 2, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
what a brilliant idea well done :)
x-Lunairetic-x Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013
This is just beautiful!!! I love the concept, and your style has such a simple elegance.

Love her hat too!!
Mehlda Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
This makes me think of my idol Emily Dickinson. She wrote a poem that goes perfectly with this.
Hope is the thing with feathers
That perches in the soul,
And sings the tune--without the words,
And never stops at all,

And sweetest in the gale is heard;
And sore must be the storm
That could abash the little bird
That kept so many warm.

I've heard it in the chillest land,
And on the strangest sea;
Yet, never, in extremity,
It asked a crumb of me.

flying---High Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2012
wow Beautiful, original... amazing ... <3 <3 <3
Hummmingbird Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Wow, I lovbe this! So beautiful!
ChuruyaSensei Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2012  Student Writer
Even if it's WIP, it's coming out great. Excellent idea too!
SilverMusicDebonaire Featured By Owner May 17, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This concept is a prominent theme in Kate Chopin's "The Awakening".
Minkymy Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2012
This is an excellent metaphor.
migglex Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2011
that is beautiful
i never comment on work because im lazy
but this is beautiful
lealealooloo Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2011
this is beautiful i love it
habedihublawblaw Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
this really makes me think much about women.
missdarkweaver Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2011
This is just brilliant. I love the concept and I love everything about this.
Kfames Featured By Owner May 3, 2011   Traditional Artist
great facial expression!
RzeznikFreak Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2011
this is wonderful.
Shembre Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2011  Professional General Artist
Just alone as a wip, I really like this, and how rough it is. It's really beautiful :D
wa-wa-wa-wa Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2011  Professional General Artist
wintersmagic Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Beautiful, featured:[link]
Lucy-Sky-Diamonds87 Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2011
When I look at this image [which is beautiful], the song, "Green finch and Linnet bird" from Sweeney Todd plays in the back of my mind. Though utterly unconnected in theme, maybe still appropriate?
Deadkitty-X3 Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
LOVELOVELOVELOVELOVELOVELOVELOVELOVE the concept (and the picture of course)! :iconfaintsplz:
MyartMystyle Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2011
This is so beautiful! I like the lighting on this piece. =)
Nikita-Norway Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2011
beautifull :)
PrincipessaSharadin Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
ah i love it! beautiful painting and explanation behind it :D <3
sunriseintrees Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2010  Student General Artist
love it[link]
siberiantiger1980 Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It's beautiful. As is your explanation of it. (:
vintagemusicbox Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2010
Love how so many of your works are more significant that just a picture, that they have stories attached.
PrOxYnEsS Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2010   Traditional Artist
When I saw this, it made me want to just sit and think about the meaning behind one day the finished product would be really interesting to see.
Noon12 Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2010
I wish a had a bird as a heart... THAT WOULD BE SO COOL
RukahTsubasa Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2010
fantastic concept and beautiful work!!
jayliena Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2010
this is amazing, beautiful concept.
MagicPen Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
This is so Beautiful! The concept is FANTASTIC!
lucasbruinen Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
So beautiful and peaceful
Kuzunari Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2010
i found you again!!! I love this piece so much. So inspiratoinal, and empowering!
ZaneEyre Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
this doesn't look creepy at all. it's lovely and the meaning behind it is just beautiful.
ImmortalEcstasyDream Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2010  Student Writer
Love the symbolism of the bird as her heart!
marvelleftw Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2010  Professional General Artist
Oh i love the story behind this, so well thought-out as usual ;)
Dragonfly22 Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Very interesting and captivating work, I love it. I fully agree with your view of the women heart and I think the visual rendering matches perfectly with it.

I can't even think of anything else to suggest, at least as far as concept goes, though in the technical aspect you could change a couple of things here and there. Lovely! :heart:
Invierno1505 Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2010  Student General Artist
Love the concept, even if I could tell from the caged bird :) Our heart is a caged bird after all... lmao, if you count the ribs as bars... XD

:heart: But yeah, I think I should loosen up about my own heart after reading the description, but... I just don't feel apt to reach out to the people that I'm attracted to. You see, I'm afraid of scaring them off xD That's why I ignore them.. lol

Beautiful piece, though :] I wanna see if it's done yet, but yeah :+fav: first ^.^ ♥
K-taru Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2010  Professional General Artist
wow, I really really love the concept o didn't figure it out at first, and then after I read the comment I stared at the picture for minutes ; __; the simple idea is amazing, and the painting looks great :heart:

and go on! for more birds please!!! they'll look lovely there :3
zefiraelRain Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
I think this looks pretty good as a wip, actually XDD
I'm a fan of the rough painty-style rendering, though i do think more birds would be cool.
Avey13 Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Hum. I thought the painting meant something about freedom. The woman envy's the birds because they can fly away at anytime while she is stuck in whatever situation.

No matter what it's beautiful. I terribly hope I can paint like that one day.
Ariana-van-adelwolf Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2010
lovely idea
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