The first is a Nativity scene, except I have transformed Bethlehem into the Georgia woods and the 3 Magi into you know who. You can't tell as much from the studies, but the characters are inspired from this amazing Nativity set I bought last week during a trip to Mexico of hand painted clay figurines.
The second piece is based on one of my favorite things about Christmas: The lights! More specifically, memories of sitting on the couch as a little girl opposite the Christmas tree. At 5 or 6 a Christmas tree seems massive, and I used to relax my eyes so all the lights would blur into giant soft orbs of color.