The Phoenix is a mythical sacred firebird which originated in the ancient mythologies mentioned in the Sanchuniathon, which is Phoenician Mythology and also the Egyptian and later the Greek Mythology.

The Phoenix has a detailed and complicated history…

A phoenix is a mythical bird with a colorful plumage and a tail of gold and scarlet (or purple, blue, and green according to some legends). It has a 500 to 1,000 year life-cycle, near the end of which it builds itself a nest of myrrh 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. In some stories, the new phoenix embalms the ashes of its old self in an egg made of myrrh and deposits it in the Egyptian city of Heliopolis (sun city in Greek).

Wikipedia – Phoenix

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Vanessa Barklay is RavenMadd, accomplished digital artist who has sold work on and off Red Bubble, lives in Far Nth Queensland, Australia – specializing in Fantasy, Mythology, History and Space inspired artworks.

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  • SofaKingWeird
    SofaKingWeirdabout 5 years ago

    Very nice creation, great little history.

  • Thanks alot Troy, really appreciate that, wasn’t sure about it, it didn’t transfer as well to computer as I thought it might, but still, had fun drawing it, so thanks!! :O)

    – Vanessa Barklay

  • stephaniek
    stephaniekabout 5 years ago

    Fantastic work Vanessa!!! I see tattooing in your future!! ;-))

  • lol dragons and firebirds…nice idea, my friend did her own dragon on her thigh like Pink has, maybe I could give her some design ideas! :O)

    – Vanessa Barklay

  • Helen Corr
    Helen Corrabout 5 years ago

    love the curly bits! nice colours too …

  • Thanks heaps Helen, wasn’t sure about the blue sky when my brain was saying red flames…! :O)

    – Vanessa Barklay

  • Helen Corr
    Helen Corrabout 5 years ago

    the blue sky makes sense because at this point he has risen from the ashes which would mean the fire has burnt out anyway -so blue makes sense and symbolises the new beginning – bright hope …

  • Yes, thanks, that was what I was seeing Helen…bright hope, nice :O)

    – Vanessa Barklay

  • Valerie Anne Kelly
    Valerie Anne K...about 5 years ago

    Oh love the Phoenix – beautiful drawing sweetheART ;} happy hippy hugglez

  • Thanks alot Val, always an interesting firebird for sure! :O)

    – Vanessa Barklay

  • mrcoradour
    mrcoradourabout 5 years ago

    OH Awsome I like this imagery, great artisic work

  • Thanks alot Malcolm, really appreciate that mate! :O)

    – Vanessa Barklay

  • voltaireview
    voltaireviewabout 5 years ago

    I’ve always like the allure of the Pheonix!

  • Thanks Voltaire, me too, I love most mythical things…:O)

    – Vanessa Barklay

  • Lynette Higgs
    Lynette Higgsabout 5 years ago

    beautiful, I love the colour and the story ; D

  • That’s great to hear because I am not that good at getting coloured pencil to computer graphics…pretty much just coloured up my original drawing, thanks muchly!! :O)

    – Vanessa Barklay

  • sparklezdtr
    sparklezdtralmost 5 years ago

    Congrats Vanessa!! You made the homepage. And such a beautiful image too. Well done :)

    30 Dec 2009

  • I am simply thrilled sparklez, a great way to end my 1st year on Red Bubble!! :O)

    – Vanessa Barklay

  • CapturedByKylie
    CapturedByKyliealmost 5 years ago

    Congratulations on having your work featured on the Egyptian inspired Red Bubble Home Page.
    December 30th 2009.

    Happy New Year!

  • I really am so happy!! I love ancient Egypt and have just had my head in some books tonight, what a great way to end my 1st year on Red Bubble, thank you so much to everyone who helped have my picture on the Home Page!! :O)

    – Vanessa Barklay

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