Holly and her Ah Ha experience


My grand daughter, Holly Conrad, is a self reliant, self taught artist. The other night I had dinner with her at the Tallyrand restaurant in Burbank. We were talking about her art show which will be at The Secret Headquarters, 3817 Sunset Blvd, 8:00 pm Friday, May 20th, 2011.

She was telling me that, a few weeks ago, she had been struggling with a direction for her show.  She said, with excitement, that at one point she did a drawing which she liked, a drawing that she couldn’t believe she did. She was awed by her own drawing, her own creation. This wasn’t arrogant of her; she was just seeing the magic and mystery of it all. That drawing boosted her enthusiasm and gave her the motivation to work late into the night and continue in a direction for her show that she was satisfied and happy with.

I think this is an occurrence with most artists. This being amazed at the creation of our own art has nothing to do with ego or self admiration; it’s more of a connection to the big unknown which I’ll call the mystery of the universe. An ah ha experience, which seems to just occur on its own, while your brain is seemingly in neutral.

Now if we could, just occasionally, all have an experience such as that, a moment where we are awed by our own thought or creation, amazed by our own self when no one is looking. I’m happy that Holly can do that, she’s a better, more aware person for it.

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2 Responses to “Holly and her Ah Ha experience”

  1. Dave Brain Says:

    Yes Dorse. I can identify with that time when you make a much better drawing than you usually make. When that happened in my career I realized it was because I really had a clear idea of what I wanted to do with the pose I was approaching. The other thing about all this that you can pass on to Holly is that old saw is correct. The one that says, ” The more you draw, the more great drawings you produce.”.

  2. Dave, thanks for the comment. I do believe that every artist, no matter what their personality demands of them, has deep inside of them a place where they are awed by their own creation.

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