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December 7, 2009
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Phoenix by Iribel Phoenix by Iribel
"A phoenix is a mythical bird with a colorful plumage and a tail of gold and scarlet . It has a 500 to 1,000 year life-cycle, near the end of which it builds itself a nest of twigs that then ignites; both nest and bird burn fiercely and are reduced to ashes, from which a new, young phoenix or phoenix egg arises, reborn anew to live again. The new phoenix is destined to live as long as its old self. It is said that the bird's tears contain healing abilities of pureness, and their cry is that of a beautiful song. Phoenix represents resurrection, immortality, and life-after-death, and it is closely associated with the rising sun."

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Another piece for my "Mythical Creatures" series - here is my version of phoenix, the firebird. The Greeks and the Romans pictured this mythical bird like a peacock or an eagle, and in my piece I wanted to combine all of these features. I have always imagined the phoenix as a creature that is strong and graceful at the same time - majestetic like an eagle and yet delicate like a crane. A gaudy peacock for one represents beautifully the dazzling appearance of the phoenix.
I had good time painting and combining the tail, the flames and all the fancy little details. I must say really like the glowing tones of yellow and red - my biggest inspiration for the color choices and tints was definitely the amazing background stock, I really loved its vibrant tones and I think they fit my theme pretty well. So here is my immortal phoenix in all his finery. I truly hope you like it. :heart:



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Huge thanks for amazing stock images and brushes! :tighthug:

I give #DaydreamersRealm permission to display this piece in their gallery.


Iribel 2006-2009
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First of all, I adore the concept of the phoenix flying towards the Earth, with its fiery tail. And exactly I love the way you came up with the tail: I like the idea of using peacock feathers for it. I think it could just be blending a little bit more with the background, especially on the right side (I mean, just a few more painted lines), but perhaps it's just my view... Anyway, it still looks wonderful.
The second thing, what I especially like about this work, is the background; colours, lighting and the way you combined all fire brushes is simply amazing :love: I adore the left side, the sparks near phoenix's wing. I can almost feel the embers and heat.
So, tu sum up a little: powerful and imaginative work, captures really well the mythical phoenix. Greatly done! :clap:
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mace1234 Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012
Hello Iribel, i want to use your Phoenix for the cover of a book? Do i have your permision? I like your work a lot, i have thought about Phoenix these days.

In love and light, Alex from Romania
LadyFenix Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2012
This is beautiful!
Zacariel Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2012
DealenDawnbreaker Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2012
Giant Peacock! :D
thegothims Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2012
RoseOfTheNight4444 Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
hate much? :/
LadyPho3nix Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Fire of my soul! Amazing!
SORR93 Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2011  Student General Artist
This is just so beautiful, and the intensity of the colors are just amazing, phoenixes are such beautiful creatures! Brilliant job! :rose:
tanit-isis-stock Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2011  Professional Photographer
:aww:Lovely one!!!!!!!!
PaliDA Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2011
Maybe inspired by the song "Phoenix" by Stratovarius?
No matter, it's fantastic work.
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