The guy (or lady-spider, I can't tell) on the right was the one that arrived today-- a hacklemesh weaver spider. HWS's were fond of mysteriously appearing in the sinks, tub and walls of my childhood home. They are big (to me-- about the size of a quarter at largest), hairy and look MEAN, although I'm sure they are very nice once you get to know them. In any case, upon the frightful shock of discovering one, I would holler for my dad (the entomologist), who would come eagerly running with an empty, re-purposed yogurt cup and a piece of paper. The bigger the spider, the more excited the dad. The disgruntled spider was then given a gentle ride to the yard. I'm sure they cursed us most viciously and then headed back for the plumbing as soon as our backs were turned.
The original paintings of both of these spiders will be available at Studio Gallery on 1815 Polk Street for their 'tiny show,' opening November 3.
If you are interested in purchasing either or both of the magnets ($2 each, 1.25" in diameter), don't hesitate to contact me! As always, thanks so much for your support!