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I felt like painting something colourful! ;)

The firebird or zhar-ptitsa (I can't do the Russian characters!) is legendary bird from slavic and Iranian folklore. In some stories, the hero would set out on a quest to seek the firebird, or sometimes only a feather from its tail. The feathers were said to remain alight and glowing even when removed from the tail of the firebird, and one feather could light a room. In other tales, the firebird was a hope-bringer, or captured as punishment for eating the Tsar's apples.

A version of one of the firebird tales was the basis for The Firebird, a ballet by Stravinsky.
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i love how this design is deceptively simplistic, but there's so much to it. the color and how the feathers fan out around the head make the composition really work.