Rainbow Art Journal – Sunrise and Sunset

This page is the transition between the orange section of my art journal (which is finally completed after a year – woohoo!) and the yellow section.  Those colours combined with the idea of transitions made me think of the cycle of sunrise and sunset and gave me the inspiration for this illustration.  It also left me with the earworm of “Sunrise, Sunset” from ‘Fiddler on the Roof’.  Sidebar: when I lived in Edinburgh in the 1990s, I saw a production of ‘Fiddler on the Roof’ at the Playhouse starring Topol.  It remains one of the best productions I have ever seen, especially the set design.  So, yes, while that song played on repeat in my head, I created this art journal page.  I plagiarized my own artwork for the concept and composition as this is a version of my “Alpha & Omega” page from last January.

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Each Day is a New Beginning

After five weeks, I finally managed to open my art journal and create a page.  This was thanks to me actually being able to go along to my art journal meet up group for the first time in months.  I decided to use the most recent Colour Me Positive art journal prompt as my jumping off point.  The prompt was the theme of “new beginnings”.  There are a lot of ways I could have chosen to interpret that prompt, from the personal to the more expansive and profound.  I chose, however, to think about the regular beats of life, its cycles and rhythms, and the idea of each passing day being a new beginning came to mind.  I decided to illustrate a winter sunrise.  I was actually going to keep the page monochromatic, just shades of black and grey, but one of the other ladies at the meet up suggested I add just a splash of colour to the sun so I added some yellow and orange.  I cannot decide if that was a positive step to take or not.  I think maybe yellow would have looked nice against the greys but not so much the orange.  But such experiments are precisely what an art journal is handy for.

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