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An English artist named William Wolcott went to New York in 1924 to record his impressions of that fascinating city. One morning he was visiting in the office of a former colleague when the urge to sketch came over him. Seeing some paper on his friend’s desk, he asked, “May I have that?” His friend answered, “That’s not sketching paper. That’s just ordinary wrapping paper.” Not wanting to lose that spark of inspiration, Wolcott took the wrapping paper and said, “Nothing is ordinary if you know how to use it.” On that ordinary wrapping paper Wolcott made two sketches. Later that year, one of those sketches sold for $500 and the other for $1000. Quite a…

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