Leigh’s Painting #037

I got this wonderful email a while back.  I am still trying to catch up after taking time off.  It is harder to get back on the horse than I had planned….But reading people’s letters and emails really makes me happy….Check it out.

Hello there, I just wanted to finally send you a picture of your art in my little corner of the world.  I live in a sitcom about three 20-somethings living in a one-bedroom apartment in Portland, OR.  Pictured is “my bedroom” but it’s really the “breakfast nook”.  (Or is it the other way around?)  Your art is the only piece of art I have besides my own.

I reread your entry about this piece, and two things stood out for me.  I’m kinda a weirdo about dates, and it was posted on October 11th, which is National Coming Out Day.  It is the day I came out (as queer) for the very first time over more than a decade ago, and I celebrate it every year.
I also like your reference about the fish bowl and extending your gifts to strangers and not just being generous with friends and family.  I went to Burning Man alone.  I am quite an introvert and it’s hard for me to always reach out and make contact with strangers, but it was something I made a deliberate goal of when I was at Burning Man, and just in general in the past year.  I moved from my home town to Portland just 2 months before Burning Man, so 2012 was a year of many travels and stretching my comfort zone over and over.
Anyway,  Cheers!  Keep creating!
-leigh
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Thank you so much Leigh for sending me this picture.  I miss that little guy!  Thanks for being part of the Gift Prolific.  Your story is very powerful.  I have never had to come out…I am sure it could be challenging.  And reaching beyond your own fishbowl WILL pay you back every time.  Otherwise we would have never met!  Take care.  Hope you are doing well.  See you on the playa!  -Joshy
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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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