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I liked to do pen-and-ink drawings as a kid, and as I finished a very carefully done drawing as a gift for my mother, as I picked up the pen from making the absolutely last line, a big drop of ink fell from the pen and landed in a perfectly round dot, and a very large one, right in the middle of the picture. I stormed away in misery and fury. My mother said, "Well, maybe you can fix it." That made me more furious and miserable, since it was clear nothing was to be fixed. However, when I looked at the picture again, the big black dot made a very dramatic sun, or moon, just above the horizon, and I didn't have to do anything. The picture stood. Improved.

John Ptak

Found art. Or intentional. Who knows? I imagine that your mother still has it, yes?

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