Phoenix

In Egyptian mythology the Phoenix is a beautiful, legendary bird with a tail of gold and crimson that lived in Arabia. Only one phoenix exists at a time. Near the end of it’s 500 year life cycle the phoenix builds a nest of cinnamon twigs that it ignites; both nest and bird burn fiercely and are consumed by the flames. A new, young phoenix springs forth from the ashes.

Names, descriptions and life-span vary in different mythologies. In Egypt, the phoenix represented the sun, which dies at night and is reborn in the morning.

The Greeks identified it with their word phoenix meaning the color crimson. According to the Greeks the phoenix lived in Phoenicia next to a well. At dawn, it baths in the water of the well and sings an enchanting song. So beautiful is this song that the sun god Helios (Apollo) stops his chariot (the sun) to listen.

Early Christian tradition adopted the phoenix as a symbol of both immortality and resurrection. Modern folklore uses the magnificent creature as a symbol of renewal, rebirth, and starting anew.

16 Comments

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cathy sharpe 25 Jan 2010

This is awesome Diana, very impressive portfolio of works!

Artist Reply: Thank you, Cathy. The same back at you!

Cathy Jones 11 Aug 2009

Incredible work Diana! Absolutely wonderful fascinating piece!

Anonymous Guest 08 Aug 2009

Love this one

Rebecca Heaton 26 Apr 2009

simply...wonderful!!! I have always thought the phoenix is our most mysterious creature. I kinda wonder if they still exist.

Artist Reply: Thanks, Rebecca. The phoenix myth is definitely hopeful, and one of my favorites. It's reassuring to think that one can start fresh.

janae anderson 21 Mar 2008

WOW! brilliant work Diana!

michelle tabares 14 Jan 2008

i love this! there is so much movement and depth. wow

David Jackson 29 Dec 2007

Very nice,I like it. David.

Fiona Hooper 29 Dec 2007

Brilliant artwork, Diana - a bit like youself, rising from the flames after a very quiet time on AW. Good to see you posting work, especially when it's this good!!!

Artist Reply: Thank you kindly, Fiona. There is much in my life to take from the Phoenix mythology. Fresh starts and new beginnings without completely discarding the past. My personal life is in emotional upheaval once again with the diagnosis of my mother's Parkinson's and Alzheimer's. Both are horrid horrid diseases. I'm sorry to not have the time to comment on all the wonderful art I see here on AW. I still look, but rarely take the time to comment. I hope you understand. One day in the future I will be back in full force, then LOOK OUT!

Jean M. Laffitau 28 Dec 2007

Wonderful, beautiful work with amazing colors and details!

Renata Cavanaugh 27 Dec 2007

Beautifully done

indarto budi 25 Dec 2007

very dreamlike!

Inspire Art 21 Dec 2007

Beautiful!!!

Nira Dabush 21 Dec 2007

fantastic warm and so wonderful Diana...superb composition!

Emily Reed 21 Dec 2007

Impressive abstract!!!!

Artist Reply: Hmmmm. It's not abstract. It is a phoenix.

Penny Myers 21 Dec 2007

Sensational job. Love the fire feel to it.

Cathy Savels 21 Dec 2007

Very dramatic!