Ever find yourself making the same mistake twice?  You learned something yesterday that you were unable to apply to life today?

I recently left a gallon of milk on the counter overnight.  My wife discovered it in the morning.  The milk had gone bad.

Not too long after that, I woke to find that I had done it again, but this time I slid the milk back into the fridge before Julia discovered the repetition of my error.  It was 2% milk, so I figured its hardiness might give it some counter-staying power that the skim milk previously lacked.  Sure enough, by supper the milk was just fine.  Thus it was safe to report the experience to Julia.

I am beginning to wonder if leaving things overnight is my curse.  This morning I woke to the realization that I had left the pickup running all night long in our parking lot.  It had of course run dry and dead.  I only meant to run it for a few minutes to juice up the battery after a couple sub-zero days of not running.  Will I ever learn?

This blog is about applying yesterday’s discoveries to today’s difficulties.  What good is it if we learn something new every day only to forget it tomorrow?  I have recently begun working with some Adobe products and I have been trying my hand at a few techniques.  I figure the stakes are low when fiddling with design and production software, so it is a good testing ground for improving my waning ability to relate yesterday’s experiences to today.

Here is an example of some superb art that I have already produced

I made this in Adobe Illustrator.  I’m painfully new to art, so it didn’t take long to break some of my own records.  First came the outline of the distant mountain slope.  It was an accident.  After jerkily clicking and dragging my mouse across the screen, I had a mountain.  And I saw that it was good.  The snow covered slopes were smooth, and I noticed a bit of surprise and ambition begin to creep up in my subconscious.  Ahh, that’s what it feels like when you’re awesome.  It was like getting an “A” on a test you hardly studied for.  Somehow I need to save that feeling for a rainy day.

I refuse to give away my secret method for creating pine trees, but I’m not opposed to hints.  It has something to do with the brush tool, clicking and dragging, and seeing beauty in sub-amateur ability.

I made the orangish orb using a simple the live-paint tool and a two-color-radial gradient – some basic tools that I discovered yesterday.