Tuesday, March 24, 2015

The Fundamental Problem

"The fundamental problem with program maintenance is that fixing a defect 
has a substantial chance of introducing another."
~Fred Brooks

I love this quote for its truth, not only about program maintenance but about almost everything in life. It seems to me that in today's world everyone is trying to fix something or someone.  When I read this quote, it made me laugh because there is a lot of construction going on right now on our garage and my studio after a long winter break of inactivity.  There are all kinds of saws sawing, hammers hammering,  trucks unloading, men climbing, cement pouring, and various other construction related activities happening.  It is loud, messy, and unnerving.  Although all of this is happening to improve our home, it never fails that fixing or improving one thing leads to a new problem or two.  Tear off the roof and find a structural problem.  Dig for the foundation and find unstable gravel.  Fix, fix, fix.  Two steps forward, one back.  Home ownership at its best!

On a more serious note, I thought about this quote in relation to my teens.  I want them to know, as they both enter an age where they are interested in girlfriends and boyfriends, that you can never fix someone.  I think it is a trap young people fall into thinking that if there is something you don't like about a person, you can change them.  It is a slippery slope looking for a life partner that way and I want them to be very careful in how they approach considering potential mates.  No one is perfect, so I want them to know if you love someone then you need to love and live with their faults as well as their good qualities.  A person can not be saved unless they want to save themselves.  Know what I am saying?

I was really excited about this piece when I finished.  I felt it really conveyed the message I was looking for.  We can fix something to death yet we can still continue to find things to fix if we look hard enough.  I used three vintage images and a public domain image of a skull to create this collage painting.  I then layered all of those, masked out portions I didn't want, added adjustment and texture layers and then digitally painted the piece for a cohesive look.  I am looking forward to seeing how my other piece, Progress, turns out printed on aluminum, as I am waiting for it to be delivered any day now from the printer.  If that piece looks great on that medium, I am looking to have this one printed as well.  Check in tomorrow for the second print that will be hanging in the upcoming April show at The Gallery at 122 Main!  See y'all then!

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