Oil on archival panel, 8 x 10 inches
Although this looks almost like a shrine or memorial to this person, in reality each of the objects has a different meaning and memory to me. It is nostalgic, just a few different recollections rather than all tied up in one.
As for technique, I'm continuing to keep solvents out of the studio. I'm surprised that the studio smells only a bit different; odorless mineral spirits are pretty odorless, and most of the smell comes from the oil paints themselves. That's not to say I mind the smell of the paint, but it has to be healthier!