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The phoenix is a sacred firebird that originated in the ancient Phoenician, Egyptian and Greek Mythologies. It symbolises life, death and resurrection as well as fire, light and the sun. Upon reaching old age a Phoenix was said to build a nest of myrrh twigs before igniting itself. A baby Phoenix would then rise from the ashes, born anew.

I wanted to illustrate the seamless connection between bird and fire that is so iconic and important to the Phoenix fable. To do this I decided to transform the plumage into flames. The challenge was to capture an expression of power and intensity, but not create an aggressive or horrific atmosphere as a result. It is important to note that the Phoenix is in no way hurt by the flames, it is ‘one’ with the fire that engulfs it.

Small songbirds such as Robins, Larks, Thrushes and Cardinals inspired my design of Phoenix. This is somewhat unusual, because many times artists have depicted a Phoenix as some kind of large Eagle or Peacock. But I wanted mine to appear small and precious, yet dramatic and feisty. I wonder what kind of song a Phoenix would have?

My sincerest thanks to *sweetychan for suggesting this as a DD and to ^Norke for featuring it. Also, thanks to everyone who has commented. Even though I don't reply to every single one, I do read them and am very flattered! I appreciate the support!

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Given 2010-07-11
The Phoenix is an alltime classic subject. It's amazing how ~mike-nash keeps the idea fresh and hot. Be sure to give his other work a peek! ( Suggested by sweetychan and Featured by Norke )
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poisen2014 Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2015
nice work Clap 
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McBump Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Oh my. This is just... perfect.
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ElZahir1989 Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2014
Wow.
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Jacob-Cross Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2014
Nice
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Douce-Illusion Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2013
really nice
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GothicBlackAngel Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I love your take on the subject!
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Onix-ceptable Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Student Digital Artist
He looks like he just ate Taco Bell... otherwise AMAZING! :D
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roguephoenix311 Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013  Student Digital Artist
aaahhhhhhh!!! its so good i hate it! awesome!
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Eresya86 Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2012
Wow .......you have capture like a Photo, this moment, of maximum full of energy and diapason of phoenix, in my opinion.
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ANOZER Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2012  Professional General Artist
Wowwww...Fantastic...Super...Bravp
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Ishnet Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I think this one is best from your gallery
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nARThanael Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2012
Awsome!!!!! You rock!!!!! :)
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iZarago Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2012
Too epic to be true.
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Liminality27 Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you so much for a phoenix with a longer beak! And it's just beautiful.
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RAIS1 Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
amazing painting
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termani Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2012
just amazing!!! :aww:
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BiBiARTs Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
WOW...amazing work and wonderful glowing, love it :love:
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ThePhantomsSoprano Featured By Owner May 26, 2012
this is beautiful
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Gwasanee Featured By Owner May 13, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Your work has been featured here: [link]

If you want it removed, please let me know :heart:

Have a wonderful day!
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mike-nash Featured By Owner May 13, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you, I'm flattered! :)
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Gwasanee Featured By Owner May 14, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Pleasure is all mine :heart:
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Gwasanee Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow this is absolutely and totally awesome and breathtakingly beautiful artwork my friend,
a absolute stunner.....love it.
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Trinitite Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2012  Student General Artist
Love the feathers!
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Hibisko Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2012   Digital Artist
I think the phoenix is imposing and beautiful, i can see this in the image, amazing!
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Sagittarius1992 Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2012
nice^^
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Aquilla-Whingate Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2011   General Artist
This does have such a realistic finesse about it the white boarder and how but just comes off like coming out is a wonderful touch ans accents the piece as a whole. In its own way this pic has photorealisim as much as a surrealistic flame quality emanating from the phoenix itself. As well i cannot tell what bird style to make it look this way I have got it down to either peacock based on the long fiery tail-feathers,or how the head makes me think woodpecker in shape even though the wing shape makes me think eagle, in the end though the only thing I can say is those is a piece of pure excellence and well worth the daily deviation it got well done. :D :thumbsup: :+fav:
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mike-nash Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you for your kind comment. I'm very pleased it ignites your imagination and that you support the DD it received.
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Aquilla-Whingate Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2011   General Artist
Well what Can I say think DD show case the best in art, and when in my case it involves fantasy as realistic looking as this I say it is all worth it. Besides myth and fantasy such as this does get my creative wild side going any way.. so glad you like the comment the DD is well deserved and you are very welcome.
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Pyronautilus Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2011
Ever since I learned and researched the Phoenix I've become obsessed with this mythical creature. This is phenomenal both in the skill and technique (You have some incredible skill) and the creativity put in it as well. The peacock is such a template of the phoenix and it really pleases me that you strayed away from that. This is now my desktop background and the best Phoenix drawing/photo I've come across so far... And me being as obsessed as I am, that's saying a lot. Thank you.

Brent
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mike-nash Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Hi Brent, I'm very pleased my version of Phoenix inspires you. I have it as my desktop too! Thank you for the support and encouragement.
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Julia-Aurora Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
wow. this painting is simply amazing.
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Mellios Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2011  Student
I love the composition of this piece, the contrast is perfect!
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:iconmike-nash:
mike-nash Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
I'm pleased you like it! Thank you.
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Nikt2 Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2011   Digital Artist
Cool work. Very impressive!
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SilverNight1996 Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2011  Student General Artist
The detail is amazing!!
Awesome job!
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Illiumm Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2011
Beautiful! I love it!
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Illiumm Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2011
Beautiful! I love it!
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ViktoriaOfficial Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2011
I Love It . <333
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RedNosE2 Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Very nice work.
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Schwarzfang Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2011
wow I love that pic (:

got a new favourite now ;)

good job!
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fromashesirise Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
Love it. Nice
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forty-two-point-five Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2011  Professional General Artist
I've featured this piece in my journal here: [link] . Keep up the great work!! :glomp:
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mike-nash Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you very much!
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forty-two-point-five Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2011  Professional General Artist
You're more than welcome! :hug:
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forty-two-point-five Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2011  Professional General Artist
This is BEYOND amazing!!! :faint:
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mike-nash Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Hehe, thank you :)
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forty-two-point-five Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2011  Professional General Artist
You're welcome! :heart:
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VelVel456 Featured By Owner May 31, 2011
I love this. The idea of a phoenix being a songbird is amazing. When I make phoenixs they are more based on different types of jays. <-rambling.love this peice.
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mike-nash Featured By Owner May 31, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
I'm glad you like it. It's always good to try something a little different to make your work stand out. :)
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chrome-mate Featured By Owner May 30, 2011
This is AMAZING! The colours are perfect, I can just smell and feel the fire (in a good way, haha) Your talent knows no bounds, I swear!
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