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Phenix by zancan Phenix by zancan

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. 



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:iconzelthea:
Zelthea Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2018
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. 
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dianawsage Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
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.
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Lunablu55 Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2017
spettacolare
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KatieNeumann Featured By Owner May 20, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
So interesting. I like it
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:iconlikaseth:
Likaseth Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
This is amazing! Great idea, great colours, perfectly done. Stunning <3
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:iconzindy:
Zindy Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
Beautiful artwork :heart:
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:iconanna-b-seas:
Anna-B-Seas Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2015
this is very good
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ShenaniBOOM Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2015
Very thought provoking concept! Great execution :clap:
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Salabetta Featured By Owner May 26, 2015
Amazing!
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:iconumbawa:
umbawa Featured By Owner May 24, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
This is wonderful. I've always loved the tree of life symbolism.
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mariaineselvira Featured By Owner May 24, 2015
extraordinary creative....CongratulationsClap Elsa Clapping 
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demons-I-weave Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2015  Student General Artist
Spectacular
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Aguyfeelinggreat Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2015
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 :)
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Nancyxxx Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Perfect! Love it <3
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KoiCatCreations Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
All of your work is beautiful and detailed, I just went through a couple of them and I really am in awe
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Withelight Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2014  Hobbyist
Wonderful artworkHeart +fav 
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Lady--Heather Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
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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WisdomIs Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2014
beautiful
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:iconerirr:
Erirr Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2014
really good! Nod 
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AdaEtahCinatas Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome :heart:
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MaxTat Featured By Owner May 28, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
The older I become,the more thinking about ROOT comes to my mind.
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nikabelar Featured By Owner May 16, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
So creative! Beautiful art!
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chuckattack Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Breathtaking!
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ElenaCervellati Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2014
Wonderful!
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anniania Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2014
interesting work. remembers of my project that I've interrupted now by persnal reasons.
calling <the soil breathers> and it's about the soil that preserve over the time human feelings and moods, preserving and making it increasingly  complex; it's like a reincarnation but not as well definite; it's about the humans metabolism on the Earth and the way that  they can manifest on the Earth so close to the soil. doesn't matter if humans pollute the soil with their idiocy, they will come one with the their polluted soil.

the humans always forget that they breathe soil.

now you will think that's an ecological project but isn't

anyway, nice work.
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gensanity Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
beautiful work 
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Silvers-crow Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I always find your work inspiring, absolutely beautiful!
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RHPotter Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Beautiful concept and colors--the details alone blow me away!
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lomartistic Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2014  Hobbyist
Absolutely outstanding!
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Pokingaround Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2014
Interesting...
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the-elemental-writer Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Beautiful!
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ephart Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2014
Dammit, this deserves a DD!


The storytelling and execution is stunning <3
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Chaosbayne Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2014
It's so beautiful and thought provoking.
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missgrinny Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2014
Je suis toujours autant stupéfaite par la poésie, la quantité de détails et la finesse de vos tableaux. Merci de nous offrir la possibilité de nous évader quelques temps dans un splendide coin de nature! Et merci de nous avoir fait partager l'histoire de ce tableau, c'est très intéressant!
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Deosuke Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2014
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Fairy-Slayer Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2014

It's quite beautiful and evocative, even if a bit creepy at first glance. However the sunny clearing, beautiful trees, and especially the young tree he's reaching out and handing to the world make it seem more positive about the future. (I did skim your description but I like to comment on what it makes me feel so that the feedback is better.) I wonder what the house and other edifices are going to become as they take root and feed a new generation, or evolution, of what they represent.

 

So in the end, it's not so scary but actually quite poignant. Plus it's a terrifically beautiful painting of the forest plus a peaceful, hopeful view of what came before. (Or perhaps I'm reading way too much into it… or way too little?)
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jetlevin Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2014
Love it, zancan. Nice one. Puts me in mind of reincarnation, yes, the cycle of life / death...
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Slicenndice Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2014   General Artist
This is lovely work!
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N-rose5 Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Beautiful work!
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spongepuppet Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2014
Wow nice painting!
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EternaLegend Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2014  Professional
I love the story behind this piece, and it's hard to believe that this is entirely done with oils. The lighting and colours are just spot-on. Much respect :heart:
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zancan Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you! Oils can do a lot, they can show a beautiful brilliance, deep hues and very fine shading. It's often the transfer from canvas to computer that make some oil paintings look weak, it's such a picky task to do. 
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CristianaLeone Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Wow! Amazing piece!!! The concept is incredible and I love all the details in this!! Great great job!!!
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:iconzancan:
zancan Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you !!
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CristianaLeone Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Welcome!!
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KarinClaessonArt Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Brilliant work ans outstanding concept!!!!!!!
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:iconzancan:
zancan Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you very much !
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KarinClaessonArt Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
You're very welcome:heart::hug:
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DenzelAJackson Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2014
This is quite a lovely idea and I like how well you brought it to life, nice work and keep it up!
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:iconzancan:
zancan Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you Denzel !
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