Create your own Jackson Pollock 'masterpiece'

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In 2006, a painting by Jackson Pollock, a key figure in American Expressionism, sold for $140 million. The 2000 film of his life starring Ed Harris served to rekindle public awareness of his seemingly-random splash art.

At the risk of sounding like an arts rube, I've long thought that Pollock's art is the Rorschach ink blot test of the art world, depending entirely on the viewer to impose his or her ideas on a random field of dribbles and doodles. Apparently, there are at least 140 million reasons to discount my opinion.

If you've ever had a hankering to own a Pollock-like work at a reasonable price (meaning free), check out the web site JacksonPollock.org. Here you can create one of your very own, much as I did above. Although Pollock was known to fuel his muse with alcohol, you needn't tip a few to enjoy creating your own masterpiece.

It might help you appreciate the result, though.

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