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Heaven October 22, 2013

Posted by indigobunting in Uncategorized.

Late last week, our community lost a sweet man and a great artist: Brian. It was a freak accident. He was walking his dogs. Someone else was walking her dog(s). One of Brian’s dogs bolted toward the someone-else’s dog, and Brian fell, sustained a head injury, and died. At least, that’s how I understand it.

None of us can believe it.

I have two tiny paintings by Brian. I love them. I couldn’t ever afford the big ones. Once a year, at an annual community art show, he’d offer paintings at much-lower-than-gallery prices, but the ladies from the rich towns would lie in wait for him and grab them all up. I just could not get into that scene.

We’re all in shock, really.

Saturday morning, I ran into Roy at the post office, had the Brian conversation with him—Roy, the artist of chicken icon fame. He told me he’d dealt with his mourning the day before through his own art. He’d begun to paint seven virgins for Brian—you know, the ones the good guys get in heaven. He said that while he was painting, he heard Brian say that he needed only one. So Roy stopped after the first.

“What do the ladies get?” he mused. “Five porn stars?”

I stopped by Roy’s on Saturday to see the virgin. The sun was too low for a good photo. I drove by today to try to take another, but she’s disappeared, no doubt already in heaven with Brian. So here’s the sun-setting version of the virgin, offering cake. Godspeed, Brian.




1. Mali - October 22, 2013

A virgin with cake. Roy has done Brian proud. As have you. So sorry you lost your friend.

2. Eulalia Benejam Cobb - October 23, 2013

Thank you for saying what many of us are feeling.

3. Lynda Corbett - October 24, 2013

So nicely said…a sweet tribute.

4. Helen - October 25, 2013

Oh, I’m so sorry Indigo. I hope Brian is living it up with that virgin in some other realm.

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