First, Louise's cool Sphinx Moth:
Louise has had moths as a long-running subject in her pieces. They are really well drawn, scrawled, and painted into being and each one of them has its own personality. She also makes the most interesting background textures for her moths-- some look like bark, some like lichen-covered stone, some like leaves gone all blurry... You can read more about her HERE.
Then my mom's piece:
Janina Stout, "Survived Wild Fires IX / 2011" --Acrylic, burned wood and glue
My mom got to experience some of the Texas wildfires up close and personal--a little too close for comfort, really. But her little family there as well as the property survived, and now she gets to share her story visually.
Janel Macy Jasper, "Leo at Rest" -- Acrylic, drift wood and cotton embroidery floss
I actually intended on having the nail put under the drift wood so that there would be a space under the wood and the retablo, but I like what they did with it, too. This piece is in memory of our dear little kitty Leo. I found him as a kitten in a window well and took him and his sister in. After finding a home for his more social sister, Jon and I ended up taking him in "temporarily" but he won us over with his antics and love of cuddling. He went missing one day around the same time as our neighbors moved away... and he hasn't been back since. We only hope that he is as loved wherever he is now...