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I Will Break Free by InertiaK I Will Break Free by InertiaK
Sorry for the length, but it is necessary to explain the image and the meaning behind it.

I was debating this image for a while. I asked myself what is it I dream of the most for my future. Where do I see myself? What do I want to do when I "grow up?" -- the thing is, I couldn't get past the next few weeks, let alone the years until I solve and heal issues that have been long lying with me.

This piece of art may seem very strange to a person, but I wanted to express "myself" and the situation I currently am in, along with the light at the end of the proverbial tunnel.

I am sick. I have major depression and severe anxiety, along with insomnia due to other situations both health wise and personal that I am dealing with, such as a benign tumor that is wrapped around my lower spine and cannot be operated on due to it's risky location. It is a battle. Every day is a struggle to remain positive. I was diagnosed a year ago and to this day, I am still not "right". The old me is lost and I need to focus on creating and becoming that new me.

This image represents depression and a hope of overcoming the dark demons. I wanted to achieve something ultimately different in terms of depression and how people view it. For myself, I feel like I am a prisoner to my emotions. I'm not sure how to deal with them correctly so I tuck them away and try to be numb. Hence the rock and the woman who is caught within it's grasp. The net is around her, but on one side, she has broken free, the other hand is still surrounded by it, capturing her. The netting resents the anxiety I deal with - sometimes it is debilitating and traps me in this 'fear' so badly that I cannot go out the front door, meet with people on a social level, or do the things I once use to do. The darkness, the gray represent the moods that overcome me at times, sometimes literally blocking out all light. The water in front of her is impossible to see through, murky and dank, because I cannot look into the mirror at times - I'd rather hide. Nature surrounds me. I love nature, adore it - and yet at times, even though I am so close to it, I am stuck, unable to truly relish it's beauty for it is overshadowed by this dark cloud that is constantly with me.

And yet.. all is not lost! Within the darkness from the very tears she spills, buds a tiny new plant. New life that generates a small light. A beacon of hope and as she peers upwards, tears spill from one eye, but the other side of her face is touched with dew from the leaves above, a taste of life. Soaring high overhead are two hawks, free and reaching heights, offering the hope and the glimpse of a dream to attain for. With the splash of warmth from the sun, the dark clouds are ebbing away. And that is my dream. It is my dream for all people who "suffer" the same ills as me. While I aspire for so much more in life, I must first overcome this obstacle, one step at a time.

There is much more symbolism painted within the image, but the general idea of it is explained.

Stock used:

[link] Hawk
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[link] - face
[link] - Sky


The rest - painted and or my own personal resources.

Thank you for taking the time to read.
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:iconlumberlung:
lumberlung Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2015  Professional Writer
I think that there is a direct correlation between your willingness to talk about that which drives your art and the honesty and vulnerability that is so pervasive in your work.
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JoanneKay Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2014  Professional Artist
Very nice imagery
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Ppole Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2012
Dear InertiaK! I'm delighted and impressed by Your work "I Will Break Free". This is very powerful in the force of the expressions work. I wrote a small non-profit brochure. 68 pages. It will be released in December 100 copies. There is described the origin and development of life on Earth, the man's connection with animals, nature, cosmic mind (spirit), it is shown the necessity of human care about his soul. The book is published in Russian language. I ask Your permission to place Your work on the cover of my book. I promise specify Your authorship and send a copy of You, if You only wish it.
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WolvenHeartRose Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2011
this spoke out to me, your description, the beautiful work of art. what your feeling, im begging to go through. but you gave me so much inspiration. i just wanted to thank you for this.
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ArtemisChick Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2011
i love all the meaning behind this piece, i can totally relate with the feeling too :/ thank you so much for creating this and sharing your thoughts and concepts, you have to be a really beautiful person to acknowledge all your negatives but still keep fighting and not give up, and actually share all this with us, thanks so much, i dont feel so hopeless anymore.:)
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ayanoofdapapz Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2011
amazing.. !!
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SweediesArt Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
wooow, beautiful!!
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angeleyeslpn Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2010
will come back and comment when i am alone...this touched me more than you know...i understood the meaning on sight before reading
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Peace-Taurus Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2010
Wow! this is beautyful! xoxo
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InertiaK Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you so much! :heart:
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dynamitehackr416 Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2010
I relate so much with this. For so long I was trapped within depression, but have found hope since being medicated for ADHD. I still battle with it at times, and anxiety as well, but it's manageable and I now have hope. I look at this picture and I see and feel myself looking back at me, and reading about the picture just strengthened that feeling. This work is beautiful, in more ways than one.
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ojuditho Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2009
This reminds me of the fictional story of the kidnapping and murder of Purity Knight
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Fooledsweetness Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2009
i have to tell you that your words touched me. the piece is amazing and i can relate to alot of your dark demons as well. I myself have depression and anxiety. I struggle everyday and now that I am coming out of a 5 year relationship *he broke up with me I never seen it coming* this piece is very helpful for me. Now I have to learn who the new me is. Great job
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InertiaK Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
:heart::hug::love: I am glad that my art could touch you in some way. Continue to be strong.
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PoetryMan1 Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2009  Student Filmographer
amazing!!
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InertiaK Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you so much. :heart::hug::love:
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PoetryMan1 Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2009  Student Filmographer
your welcome.
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billndrsn Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Featured here [link]
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InertiaK Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you so much! :heart::hug::love:
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billndrsn Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
:highfive: :)
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Lancerey Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2009
I hope I haven't faved this too late! Best of luck!
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:iconinertiak:
InertiaK Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you so much! :heart::hug::love:
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isabeljoanvalentine Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2009  Student General Artist
Okay. but will you add mine? It's called putting dreams down on paper'.... :)
Izzy
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InertiaK Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Will do.. thank you so much! Merry Christmas! :heart:
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isabeljoanvalentine Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2009  Student General Artist
you too. <3
izzy
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KalosysArt Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Lovely work dear!
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InertiaK Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you! :santa::xmas::snowing::cuddle:
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p00g0b Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2009   Traditional Artist
Wow, hun!
Another breathtaking piece of work! :D

:+fav:'d
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InertiaK Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you! :santa::xmas::snowing::cuddle:
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creativemikey Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2009  Professional Photographer
This is worthy of a DD. Very well done:nod:
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InertiaK Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you! :santa::xmas::snowing::cuddle:
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SuzanneHole Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2009
I hope you feel better soon also! :-)
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SuzanneHole Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2009
A beautiful piece so cleverfully put together!
So much thought and feeling has gone into this, you have coneyed your feelings very well. The light on the new plant and the birds that are free lend a glimmer of hope to the entangled situation.
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InertiaK Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you! :santa::xmas::snowing::cuddle:
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SuzanneHole Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2009
you are welcome
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anjyil Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
I am still learning a lot about art and painting--stuff I didn`t know before. But I really love this. The transitions are very smooth, especially blending the girl into her surroundings. It really shows the struggle and hope for freedom. Though people are in different situations, we can all relate on some level. I love the choice of textures, the soft and lush greenery and the hard, course rock around her. The growing sapling is positioned almost where her heart is, which gives it a very profound meaning, to me at least. I really love this piece!
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InertiaK Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you! :santa::xmas::snowing::cuddle:
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anjyil Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
You are welcome :)
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ArtAnda Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Actually, this is very good. I kinda feel like her. I know who I am and what I can do, all that I need is to work-work-work more and make myself known.. :love:
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InertiaK Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you! :santa::xmas::snowing::cuddle:
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ArtAnda Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
:huggle:
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BlackMagma Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2009
amazing blend of elements!
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:iconinertiak:
InertiaK Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you! :santa::xmas::snowing::cuddle:
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stormyuk73 Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2009
I love it, def a fave!!
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:iconinertiak:
InertiaK Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you! :santa::xmas::snowing::cuddle:
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williamfdevault Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2009  Professional Writer
Expressive and beautiful!
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InertiaK Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you! :santa::xmas::snowing::cuddle:
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Josiane-Rey Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Amazing concept and details. Very impressive :clap:
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:iconinertiak:
InertiaK Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you so much :heart:
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inObrAS Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2009
Excellent work! :clap:
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