Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Losing Another Painting Friend

I received word last night that another painting friend passed from us. Floyd Gibson was a member of the SWAP (SharingWithArtistPartners) group for a long time and many had paintings from Floyd. But it wasn't just the paintings that meant so much. It was all the positive and kind comments Floyd made to everyone all the time. He was a gentle, giving, caring soul and I hope he is with his lovely Angie again and they are watching the sunset together.

I am honored and a bit awed to discover that I was the recipient of Floyd's last SWAP painting. It says so much with its simplicity and almost zen-like quality. Perhaps it says where Floyd was in this stage of his life, too. If that's so, it was a good place.
Happy painting, Floyd, wherever your latest travels lead you. You will be missed.


Ann Buckner said...

Rhonda, I was so saddened to hear this news of Floyd. Although I didn't have much interaction with him, he was delightful artist. I just saw the set of trees he did at Wet C. like the one you have posted. My heartfelt sympathy to his family.

Nava said...

That is a wonderful souvenir.

RHCarpenter said...

Yes, it was a shock, Ann. These sudden losses always seem so unfair - but how can it be fair or unfair - it just is. I'll have to check out the trees at WetCanvas.
Yes, Nava, a wonderful painting on my wall to help me remember and smile.

Teresa said...

Floyd???? No way, how? It's really a loss, I was his swap partner once and he sent me a lovely photo from his backyard as a thank you note, such a gentle person :(

RHCarpenter said...

Yes, Teresa, it was sudden and unexpected - a stroke on the 14th of October. He was 68 and had just had a big 2-person art show that he was thrilled about.