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Oil painting on canvas  32x40''

Sometimes the title of a painting comes very early, sometimes it even imposes before any stroke is sketched. There it was the opposite: the painting was completed, standing on the easel for weeks without any good name coming to mind. Then Phenix popped in my head, claiming its obviousness.

The story of that painting began one day of August 2012, a day when I was nervous and confused for many things were going wrong in my head, that I couldn't clearly identify or heal. That day I decided to take a week off, packed my easel and my paints, stopped at a store to buy a fresh canvas, and drove to the mountain. My parents have been owning a small chalet in the Pyrenees since I was a kid. 
I have organized my days waking early, going hiking in the woods the mornings, and painting the rest of the day long. After five days in this active seclusion my canvas was painted. ( Well, one should read that it was "covered with paint", which means that the underpainting was done, and that almost no blank was visible, because it took me one year and a half to complete the actual painting nonetheless.)
The painting was about this. Going back to your roots ( childhood ), going back to the earth ( were we're heading at ). Use that fertilizer for growing anew. It has also this verticality that symbolizes the bound between earth, our human nature, and the skies, our spiritual aspirations. (And also there was in it, a house to bury)

Phenix is the mystical creature that came to mind for symbolizing the life circle in which one shines, then falls back to the ground, and seeds that ground to feed one's own rebirth. 


Image details
Image size
3355x4144px 7.99 MB
Canon EOS 5D Mark II
Shutter Speed
1/11 second
Focal Length
40 mm
ISO Speed
Date Taken
Feb 4, 2014, 4:09:57 PM
Sensor Size
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Zelthea's avatar
The stories behind your work completely captivate me. I feel so entranced as if I'm deep into a novel and they make the art so much more meaningful. Thank you for sharing. 
dianawsage's avatar
Wow! I am at a loss for words. I am simply mesmerized by this work. I'm incapable of putting into words the beauty I see in it.
KatieNeumann's avatar
So interesting. I like it
Likaseth's avatar
This is amazing! Great idea, great colours, perfectly done. Stunning <3
Zindy's avatar
Beautiful artwork :heart:
this is very good
I-am-His-artist's avatar
Very thought provoking concept! Great execution :clap:
umbawa's avatar
This is wonderful. I've always loved the tree of life symbolism.
mariaineselvira's avatar
extraordinary creative....CongratulationsClap Elsa Clapping 
Aguyfeelinggreat's avatar
Its like we melt into the ground, dissove into nature. We're a small piece of nature.
You brought fresh air to us. Thank you so much :)
Nancyxxx's avatar
Perfect! Love it <3
KoiCatCreations's avatar
All of your work is beautiful and detailed, I just went through a couple of them and I really am in awe
Withelight's avatar
Wonderful artworkHeart +fav 
Lady--Heather's avatar
Beautiful work and very inspiring. Heart I love the description under as well. It gives you another piece into your thought process behind the painting, very beautiful.
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Erirr's avatar
really good! Nod 
MaxTat's avatar
The older I become,the more thinking about ROOT comes to my mind.
nikabelar's avatar
So creative! Beautiful art!
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