Covid Creativity: 20Dec2020

by Bob May


In my usual penchant for experimenting with all sorts of materials and mediums, the creative process has proven to be very slow this summer, with the exception of some fancy woodwork projects.

Sitting at my art table with my tin of watercolours coaxing me to do something, one evening I took a piece of stock and fudged up a forest scene to fit a small 2-inch frame I had. It took all of a couple of minutes, then I sat back and looked at it in awe.

It was so small — yet complete, without all the mental trials of the larger works we do.

People love them and I sometimes give them out as gifts to family and friends. They are a joy to do and tiny frames are cheap at Dollar Stores and yard sales everywhere. Give it a try, I’m very sure you will enjoy the experience . . . 

[Note: Bob has included nibs, coins and a thumbtack to illustrate how small these miniatures are!]

Mini Set
Farm Scene

The last painting is a beach scene on a 3/4″ long hummingbird feather but I draw the line there!

Beach Scene painted on hummingbird feather, ¾ inch long

Collectif members, send an image (or a few) of very recent work to with up to 100 words describing what you did, materials used, inspiration, etc. Maybe share how you’re feeling & how creativity helps. We’d like an informative, inspiring show & tell. Writers, send us poetry, lyrics, a short piece or excerpt.


  1. Lovely miniatures! Great idea! Something to try and frames cost almost nothing. I am sure your family & friends appreciate receiving these. Thanks for sharing with the group.


  2. These are adorable! I once saw a documentary about a man who replicated Van Goghs on pinheads… your next project, Bob???


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