Rendering small scenes can be a nice distraction at times.
Small scenes are abstract. They don’t need to tell the entire story, just a small piece of it. Everything doesn’t need to be figured out in advance, things evolve as the scene is constructed.
You have full control over the environment and can find any number of nice elements online to liven up the atmosphere. Finding the right scale, reflectivity and bump map for a texture is a pretty relaxing task, as the feedback is immediate and the output (for whatever reason) makes you smile.
More small renderings to come.