Alpha & Omega

Happy New Year!

My final Art Journal Adventure prompt for 2017 was “Endings and Beginnings”, obviously an apt subject for the turn of the year.  This year there will be no page in my art journal that sets an inspirational, aspirational or encouraging word to focus on, no listing of goals, nothing like that.  I have never been one for setting resolutions but I have previously fallen prey to setting myself goals.  I am increasingly failing to achieve (m)any of the goals I set for myself.  Apart from participating in and completing a set of drawings for Inktober, I achieved not a single one of my goals for 2017.  Not. A. One.  In fact, I still have a goal for 2016 that I did not complete in either that year or last year.  So my sole goal for this year is to not set myself up for failure.

Therefore, my turn of the year art journal page is neither about reflecting on the year past or looking ahead to what 2018 might have in store for me.  Instead, I chose to focus on the theme of beginnings and endings, of cycles of time, of opposites, of cusps, alpha and omega.  This is what I came up with: two figures in a composition that has echoes of yin and yang without the required geometric precision.  Once the figures were dry, I decided to unify them in some way and plumped for writing.  I defaulted to my own handwriting, albeit a little higgledy-piggledy, for the phrase “Alpha & Omega” but I think my own handwriting works effectively enough in this piece.

52a - Alpha & Omega

52c - Alpha & Omega

52g - Alpha & Omega

52h - Alpha & Omega

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15 thoughts on “Alpha & Omega

  1. Excellent illustration (and handwriting!). I agree with the goal setting and striving – seem to not be relevant to many of us any more – so it’s wonderful to just start to explore without that odd pressure. Good on you for setting it all aside. And thanks for continuing to share with us your wonderful creativity.

    • Thanks, Ellie. There was a time when j was very goal oriented and very driven to achieve those goals but life got busier and more complex with each passing year and my focus is just so split that reaching goals was just setting myself up for failure. I’m a control freak so going with the flow doesn’t come naturally but that’s what I’m going to strive to do.

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