Welcoming Myself Back….(gp14_week1)

GP14_08Welcome back to the Gift Prolific!  You can’t see it, but I am smiling from ear to ear.  I have missed my ‘little project’ and I am so very excited to be able to do it again.  This week has been a fantastic week of giving.  One of the gifts early on in the week was the painting “All The Beautiful Birds Find Their Way Home” that I gifted to Burning Man for their new office.  As I have said before, being asked to make 2 paintings for them is a big honor for me.  And donating them to the organization just feels right.  I also am loaning out my Gift Prolific Sign to them to display with the paintings.

Years ago Theresa and I were walking into the Burning Man office and I was struck by the art that was hanging on the walls.  There were some cool photographs of the event, people, and art.  There was a sculpture of a blue ‘sea-horse’.  And a sign from the front gate of Black Rock City.  It was all so cool.  I even remember telling Theresa that ‘Someday I hope my art gets to be on one of these walls…’ At that point I was really only beginning to make art seriously.  And I remember feeling doubt that it would ever happen.  My art was nowhere near as cool as the photographs and paintings on those walls at that time.

Its funny how Burning Man can still make me feel like the uncool kid at the cool kids party.  I have to remind myself from time to time, that it has nothing to do with that….and everything to do with being true to myself and my art.

And that is the same struggle that I had with the second painting that I donated.  I was asked to make a painting that had to do with the ‘Burning Man sculpture’.  Which is fine….But it is such a unique form that it can kind of overpower the whole piece.  I didn’t want my painting to basically just be a direct representation of this artwork in the center of Black Rock City.  I had to authentically relate my own vision in there somewhere.

bman_fbI believe that I found a way to do that.  The man base on the top of the painting is the man base from 2009 when the theme was ‘Evolution’.  This was favorite man base and one of my favorite years.  It’s also where I wrote my first note to my soon to be born child.  I wrote “Dear little Darwin, I can’t wait to meet you!” on the wood of that man base.  We hadn’t even decided to name him Darwin yet!  It just felt right.  The birds in the painting are cutouts from ‘BELIEVE’, another piece of art that was at Burning Man 2012.  I picked them because Darwin and I shared a very nice time interacting with that piece.  We were at Burning Man together (Thanks to so many people we were gifted a ticket, rides, and supplies)….and I could not have been happier.  The bottom of the painting is my own view of the man….calmly watching over BRC.

And there you have it.  The title “All The Beautiful Birds Find Their Way Home” comes from this idea of being yourself.  Listening to your inner truth….and letting that guide you.  Burning Man can be this huge cool party in the desert and sometimes that can put people off.  But when it comes right down to it YOU have the power to make it your own.  You get to be whatever you want…and make it yours.  I really believe, for me at least, this is why they tell you ‘Welcome Home’ when you get there.  And every year I nearly cry when someone says it.  Last year when we got to the gate my 3 year old was the first one to say it.  “Welcome  Home, Dada.”

This week’s painting (top of post) is about this week’s gift.  Thank you Burning Man.  The organization.  The people.  The art.  The spirit.  Thank you for everything.  I can’t wait to see what adventures are coming up next.  Take care.

Gifting in Week 1: 

  • Sent 10 art postcards to Susan for her project.
  • Delivered a second painting to Burning Man HQ. *
  • Donated $5 to disabled children’s charity at the movies.
  • Gifted one of my wall calendars to our neighbors Jen and Josue.
  • Gifted one of my wall calendars to my upstairs neighbor Brian.
  • myself a new water bottle and dubbed it the Diet Coke Killer.
  • Donated money to my friend Amy Obenski’s CD Project.
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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 Welcoming Myself Back….(gp14_week1)

  1. Anonymous says:

    You are so amazing to me!

  2. Molly says:

    Thank you Josh. I was looking at the Beautiful Birds today, I love it so much.

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