|Volcano not included.|
Image from Hock's site linked above.
I've said before that I'm grateful that my art is modern - the basic facts of how my art developed are recent enough that it's well understood by most of us. I have heard many stories of both Presas Brothers, from people who knew and studied with them.
But over time, many of these stories are going to be lost - are already lost, even, as some of the first generation students forget or pass on. There will be some important leaders in the development of my art that will pass away to obscurity. Some techniques that were once foundation techniques will be forgotten.
My art will change, maybe so much so that it won't even be recognizable as being the same as what the founders intended.
This is normal - most of our arts and lore of what we do has changed, because that's the nature of things. Regular people - and that's what our founders were, regular people, with flaws - become lionized into becoming larger than life legends.
My art is not alone in this - your art, too, will have the same thing happen to it, as we get further and further away from the origin.
I get to work with the roots and immediate branches of my art - yours may be over a century removed, thus, you're working in the branches only, as the roots are far, far below where you are on the tree of your art.
|Can you spot my branch?|
And that's okay, because the tree - it keeps growing. That's the most important thing, isn't it?