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.