An accident is anything that happens by chance; uncontrolled occurrence. Although this may traditionally have negative connotations, an accident may be taken as a positive thing, as an oportunity. The word "accidental" is usually an adjective ? aleatory ? but it is sometimes used as a noun: an act interpreted as an accident occurring in the production of art is sometimes called "an accidental."Quote: "Quality is never an accident; it is always the result of intelligent effort." John Ruskin (1819-1900), British writer, art critic. Modern Painters (5 volumes, 1843-1860, epilogue, 1888). See quality. "In art, there is one thing which does not receive sufficient attention. The element which is left to the human will is not nearly so large as people think." Charles Baudelaire (1821-1867), French poet and art critic. "Accidents, try to change them ? it's impossible. The accidental reveals man." Pablo Picasso (1881-1973), Spanish artist. Quoted in: Vogue (New York, Nov. 1, 1956). See Cubism. "I throw down the gauntlet to chance. For example, I prepare the ground for a picture by cleaning my brush over the canvas. Spilling a little turpentine can also be helpful." Joan Mir? (1893-1983), Spanish painter. See Spanish art and Surrealism. "There is no accident, just as there is no beginning and no end." Jackson Pollock (1912-1956), American painter. see Abstract Expressionism. "I don't use the accident. I deny the accident." Jackson Pollock. "All painting is an accident. But it's also not an accident, because one must select what part of the accident one chooses to preserve." Francis Bacon (1909-1992), English painter. See English art and Expressionism. "I have meant what I have done. Or: I have often meant what I have done. Or: I have sometimes meant what I have done. Or: I have tried to mean what I was doing." Jasper Johns (1930-), American painter. See Pop Art. "Half of art is accident, but there is no accident without free experiment." Ralph Steadman (1936-), English writer and illustrator. "Doesn't 'expecting the unexpected' make the unexpected expected?" George Carlin (1937-), American comedian. Also see blot, cleaning art, clean up, Dada, stain and stain removal, and Surrealism.