Our Monday art this week is an exercise in working small and fast. Lately I’ve been doing my real-world art on tinier and tinier “canvasses,” and this week I used an actual tiny canvas, stretched on tiny wood, which was three by four inches.  I think I got it from Hollar for a buck. It even came with a tiny easel.

I wanted to see what I could knock out on a tiny canvas with a ten-minute time-limit, so I wound up doing a Chicago Skyline from memory, using cheap watercolor markers and some grayscale markers. I wasn’t in the mood to bust out fancy oils or acrylics for such a small piece. I painted this on a tiny spot on my desk, right next to the keyboard I’m using to type these words.

Unless you’re looking at this on your phone, you’re probably seeing it larger than actual size. Rather than scan it, I photographed the finished piece because I was too lazy to clear a stack of stuff off the scanner. Give me points for being honest. You can see the tiny easel in a rejected photo (the flash was too strong) to the right. Notice how gigantic the USB drive in the background seems. The whole thing is less than five inches tall.

You can click the top image if you want to see it even larger than that.

Meanwhile, over in radio-land, Monday on The AIR, our Radio Free Charleston Marathon runs from 7 AM to 7 PM, and brings you a full 24 ours of our flagship show before we get back to whatever passes for normal these days after the holiday weekend.

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