In Honor of the Phoenix


A phoenix is a mythical bird that is a fire spirit 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 1000 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.

So, with this drawing, I honor the idea of hope and new beginnings which the Phoenix represents to me.

This drawing is part of a much larger drawing. It was created on Arches 190 lb watercolor paper with colored inks, brushes, markers, rulers and rapidograph pens (c-2004).