I have been inspired to create a canvas series with phoenixes as the subject. These magical birds have always held a special attraction for me. Phoenixes are creatures that are born from flames and ashes, live a long life as symbols of light and strength, and die again in a show of flames and ashes. They symbolize the cyclical process of life and death, renewal, completeness, and perseverance through hardship.

My phoenix canvases will not be available for purchase until after I debut them at Destination Dallas September 26-28, but I thought you would like to see some of the “work-in-progress” images.

PH-001 Green winged phoenix 1

The original sketch of the first phoenix I designed next to the beginning work I did on the canvas.

 

PH-001 Green winged phoenix 2

Some progress on the front of the wings and the flames.

 

 

PH-002 Fawkes the Phoenix 1

This phoenix was inspired by the character Fawkes from Harry Potter, one of my favorite series of books.

 

PH-002 Fawkes the Phoenix 2

Fawkes stands in a basin of ashes and flames from which he has been reborn.

 

Please leave a comment to let me know what you think! I am really excited about these new designs and hope you will be too.

-Michelle