It’s time for another Soaring Twenties (STSC) Symposium. The STSC is a gathering of folks who become friends through creativity. This month’s Symposium theme is “isolation.” My submission to this month’s Symposium is a collaboration between me and Jeanne Thompson, a dear and supportive friend who is also a member of the STSC. Jeanne is an astounding oil painter who captures the emotional essence of people and the powerful essence of Nature in her paintings. I struggled with this month’s theme, considering everything from essays about my friends in prison to essays about the isolation of not sharing food, until Jeanne sent me the oil painting she planned to submit to the Symposium, and finally, all cylinders started firing. See below for her painting and my response story.
Very nicely done Jeanne and Trilety. Thanks for sharing!
Oh but you *are* good.
what a beautiful collaboration by you and Jeanne 🥲
as usual some of your descriptions struck me right in the gut - a child's dress flapping in the wind like a flag around a pole, or the spilled salt of stars. also i can totally see how jeanne's painting inspired your story, and how your story paid homage to jeanne in return - in short, a perfect collaboration. thank you both for this beautiful meditation! 🙏
Belle. Très belle.
"isolation is a context, but loneliness. . . is a feeling.” "Not as far off as a star and not as close as a kiss." Such beautiful turns of phrase. Lovely painting, lovely story, and a wonderful integration of the two.
Love love love everything about this entry.
Brilliant, as usual.
Collaboration on Isolation -perfect! Thanks for collaborating with me!
Beautiful words, Trilety! Beautiful painting, Jeanne! ❤️