Ok, so it looks like my monitor has gone boots up and I'm using a sort of emergency backup. The upside is I can still browse around, check notes, that sort of thing. The downside is the color/brightness is crap and I've been unable to bring it to a satisfactory state. Everything is kinda 'muddy' and dark. Unfortunately, this means no art until I either figure out how to fix this or get a new monitor. And one is just about as likely as the other, given my financial situation
Edit: Aaand I've just realized that the specks I'm seeing are not, in fact, dirt or gunk on the monitor. It's a scattering of dead pixels.