"Learning and innovation go hand in hand. The arrogance of success is to think that what you did yesterday will be sufficient for tomorrow." William Pollard
When I was 12 years old my father remarried and we moved into a new house full of brand new appliances complete with wall to wall shag carpet. We were even supplied with a special rake for the carpeting which seems like a weird detail my memory manufactured but I'm quite sure the shag carpet rake was real. Along with our new place to live was our 1972 Pontiac Grand Safari station wagon parked in the garage next to our Ford Pinto. The Pontiac had a special feature called cruise control. With a push of the button the car would maintain a perfectly consistent speed and the driver could set back and enjoy the ride and enjoy better gas economy at the same time. What could be better?
I know my father made use of this on our long trip from Michigan to Maryland every summer and found it to be a great convienence but like a lot of great ideas it can become death in the wrong context. I am able to make a living and support my family through the selling of my art. I have been doing this now for over 20 years and so much has changed over all those years and my methods have had to change as well. I feel like I am in a constant state of learning with a steady mixture of success and failure keeping things always feeling like an adventure. Cruise control was great during those long drives in the Pontiac but it doesn't seem to be something I have much use for as I steer my art career through all the twisting roads of modern landscape that is both physical and virtual.