Week 6 – Running Out Of Time!

Death by Alex Grey

I have been thinking about death for a couple of days now.  Not in a morbid or depressing way but more of death as a motivator…as a way to judge my time spent.  I believe that “what matters most in my life, is what I do with the time that I have.”  What experiences have I created?  What did I share with the people around me?  Did I waste my time being distracted or, is there real value in the things that I have done?  Giving, answers a lot of these questions for me.  Through giving, I create joyous shared experiences.  I am far more efficient with my time.  I share a great deal of life with the people around me.  I actively participate in the world.  This project makes me stay as present as possible and answers death’s call.  I am not ready to be done yet.  I am still here…working.  I am still here….giving.  Not distracted easily.  Present.  Valuable.  When my dad was about to die, he wrote each member of my family a letter.  In my letter, he asked what it would look like to paint death on canvas, as it was so near.  I have not been able to fully appreciate that question or even come close to an answer.  I think it would look very much like Alex Grey’s ‘Death’ painting (above).  As for the underlying question about death itself…I have been thinking of death as a reflection of my life.  What you have created here and now will be shown to you in death.  You don’t have to wait to die to go into some mystical light….or heaven….or nirvana.  You need to embrace what you have and where you are now.  You possess the power to make the world as you want it to be.  Just be.

The Gift Prolific is an extension of what I want this world to be.  My reality.  Giving to your friends, family, neighbors, and strangers is a creative process that I have chosen to make my daily meditation.  It only really works if you are present and living within each experience.  Painting is my answer to how I want things to look.  It is what I want to see….what I want to show others.  This ‘Blog’ is also about sharing this process with all of you….And getting to see how the project changes through your participation!  Where will you take this idea?  What will you create?  How are you going to create the things that you want in this lifetime….before your time runs out.


About giftprolific

My name is Joshua Coffy and I am an artist living in San Francisco. You can see my art at www.undersong.com as well. Thanks for your time.
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4 Responses to Week 6 – Running Out Of Time!

  1. Tom Coffy says:

    Move toward it today! -I like. -Tom

  2. Linda Garrity says:

    That’s a lot of serious thinking for a young man like yourself! Wish I had had your thoughtful insight and clearness of mind when I was your age…..

    I knew nothing about the artist who created the painting you featured, but did quite a bit of online research about him this morning and through the wonder of worldcat, have requested a book of his from our library system. Quite an interesting guy-thanks so much for exposing me to people and things and thoughts I wouldn’t have arrived at by myself.
    This is the Alex Grey print that makes me think of you….

    I don’t talk to that many people about it, but I’ve never met anyone else who share’s my opinion about what comes after death; for the people who want it to be so, I do hope there is a heaven and that it’s all they believe it will be. The concept is so illogical to me, I can’t even think about it and have no desire to go there. I also can’t believe there are only two choices; I’m no saint, but I can’t believe I done anything so terriible that will condemn me to an afterlife of horror just because I don’t believe certain things that groups of people have decided I must.

    And so, I live my life very much in the manner of what you seem to be striving for, believing that it’s only how you live your life here on earth that really matters.
    We shall see……..

    • giftprolific says:

      I love Alex Grey….there is also a great dvd about his COSM (Chapel of Sacred Mirrors) project. You can get it on Netflix. It might even be on instant watch. I got to briefly meet him at Burning Man one year. I really believe that he sees the mystical anatomy that he paints just as he sees the actual anatomy. He is great. I am constantly inspired by his work…and his work ethic. I have a few of his books and they are truly amazing. I love that ‘Artist’s Hand’ painting. It is interesting to hear people’s views of the afterlife. I think that part of my adulthood has been recognizing how I see it. Not just being told what to believe but deciding for myself what I believe. And the freedom that comes with that….I only have to answer to what I see fit…has been incredibly liberating. I am glad you got to check out a new artist because of me. I have lots of others that I consider influences…I will post about them too. Take care….Thanks as always.

  3. Anonymous says:

    DITTO……..this would be it.

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