The Adventure Begins Anew

GP14_beforeEvery adventure needs a beginning.  A first step.  And I suppose today is a good a day as any…so here goes.  About 6 months ago (maybe more) Theresa came into my art studio to ask me if I wanted a large canvas that someone had listed on ‘Freecycle’.  I was probably in the middle of a painting and not paying that much attention.  ‘Sure, whatever…’ I grumbled.  I remember thinking that this gift canvas was going to be a pristine canvas that someone just didn’t use.  Maybe they bought it and decided that they hated painting or something.  After a few hours Theresa produced this. (See the above monstrosity)

When she brought it home it not only had this crazy mismatched graffiti on it but it was covered in gesso, dirt, and paper.  It was a homemade canvas that had been abused.  In my head I remember thinking that it just wasn’t ever going to be usable for anything.  I wasn’t even sure if I could paint on it.  You see acrylic paint doesn’t stick to oil paint and I wasn’t sure I could cover up the spray paint either.  So I sat it aside and tried not to pay attention to it for a long time.

Months went by as it sat in the garage.  Then, as if it had waken up, it spoke to me.  I pulled it in the studio and started covering it with new paper.  I started to see a few different ideas in this giant canvas.  But somewhere along the way I paused again.

In October, I held my Open Studio, and invited everyone I know to stop in and see my latest artwork.  It was a huge success.  Around this time my friend Lady Bee had told me that the Burning Man Organization was changing locations and that she was looking for art for the new office.  She asked if I would be interested in making some art for the new office.  To me….This is a HUGE honor.  There is no way I would have said NO.  So I went to visit the office to see the spaces that I was going to make paintings for.  I had no idea what I was going to create…..until I got home and this canvas called to me again.

It hit me like a train.  I had been struggling to figure out how to continue The Gift Prolific.  And now I could do just that.  In 2014 I will give a gift everyday.  Instead of posting about it each day and making a painting each day, I will pick my favorite one from the week and post about it with one small painting!  52 paintings, 365 gifts.   That way I can still do my project, I can still make art….and I can still have a life.  Thanks for coming along for the ride.  Take care.


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My name is Joshua Coffy and I am an artist living in San Francisco. You can see my art at as well. Thanks for your time.
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3 Responses to The Adventure Begins Anew

  1. Love it. And that canvas? I could surely work a Godzilla in there somewhere. And a spork.

    I have a huge blank canvas sitting in the hall. The frame needs mending, then I’m supposed to make camp art. I paint small scale, so I’m being such a chicken. Fingerpaints won’t save me this time.

  2. LG/RP says:

    I believe this is called “finding the balance”…..I love it! Looking forward to reading about what unfolds from this version of your project……XOXO

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