Solitude  |  digital painting  | self-commissioned 
Step into Serenity: A solitary figure in his thirties sits on the doorstep of a quaint house surrounded by enchanting apple trees. The house stands an otherworldly landmass suspended and adrift in the evening sky, while the dark blue heavens are gently illuminated by the radiant presence of the Moon, peering from behind delicate clouds. The painting evokes a profound sense of tranquillity and contentment in solitude, rendered through a palette of muted, neutral tones with shades of blue and a soft, pale yellow Moon, contrasted by the warm, inviting orange glow emanating from the house.
by May Sarton
Alone one is never lonely: the spirit adventures, waking
In a quiet garden, in a cool house, abiding single there;
The spirit adventures in sleep, the sweet thirst-slaking
When only the moon’s reflection touches the wild hair.
There is no place more intimate than the spirit alone:
It finds a lovely certainty in the evening and the morning.
It is only where two have come together bone against bone
That those alonenesses take place, when, without warning
The sky opens over their heads to an infinite hole in space;
It is only turning at night to a lover that one learns
He is set apart like a star forever and that sleeping face
(For whom the heart has cried, for whom the frail hand burns)
Is swung out in the night alone, so luminous and still,
The waking spirit attends, the loving spirit gazes
Without communion, without touch, and comes to know at last
Out of a silence only and never when the body blazes
That love is present, that always burns alone, however steadfast.

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