Lisa Johnston Hancock

"The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance." Aristotle

Category: Drawings

Forest Burn


Forest Burn 7.5″ x 9.5″ watercolor on 400lb paper

Night Sky

This one was a lot of fun and I did some more experimenting with lost and found edges. Maybe next time I can get my “model” to sit a few more times. Getting this nature loving, ball of energy to sit for longer than a minute is a challenge but I would not trade her spirit for anything. I love you to the moon and back sweet girl!


NIght Sky 15″ x 20″ Watercolor on 400lb Coldpress paper

Trying New Things

I finished the portrait of my “little man” last night. I tried out some new ideas and techniques and ran into some successes and problems…of course. Mainly I am trying out new ways to “mask.” In the past, when I worked strictly with oil paint, I used making tape. With watercolor, I have used masking fluid. Here, I combined the two.

Overall, I’m happy with the results and I thought that I would share! Happy Sunday!


“Owl watched the sun go down…”


Plein Air

I did some plein air painting today with a group of artists. It was nice to be out in the open air on a day like today. Hazy in more ways than one. 😉 I was a little rusty. Its been at least 3 years since I painted outdoors. We had a nice relaxing time sharing ideas and techniques. It was much needed! Thank you!



Last Spread!

I finished the last spread of Night Owl! Now its time to go back and do some editing…..


Perceptual Drawing 1 & 2


This is a handful of the trois crayon and conte crayon assignments that my drawing class completed. We had the critique on Thursday and some of the students hung up the finished works. The Drawing 1 students had a more geometric still life and the drawing 2 students worked from a (Georgia O’Keefeish) still life with bones, rope and bottles. Both classes had to deal with textural elements and mark making, using conte crayon.

I think that they all turned out so interesting. Each student interpreted the still life in an interesting way. They are all so different! I think they did a great job.

He Sleeps….

A quick sketch of my tired babe. Happy Saturday.


A Collaboration…of Sorts

My daughter and I just finished this collaborative piece. She started the acrylic painting several months ago. Today we pulled it out to add a little oil pastel on top. She directed me every step of the way. For example I was told to, “Add some pink grass at the bottom of the tree. Now add some dark blue.” In the end, she felt that my tree was a little too representational for her liking. I suggested that maybe it was finished and she told me that we were “not finished” as she pulled up her black stool and made the necessary changes to the tree. The marks do add a little more movement. 😉 I am fascinated by the way that her “artistic eye” has started changing. She really likes to draw circles with dots of color in the center (see the details to the right).

They remind me of Chuck Close’s technique, used in his contemporary work. Do you think that he was inspired by a 3 year old?


Who knows?! Maybe she will end up being the next Chuck Close. Either way, I’m having a lot of fun watching her creative side grow.

New Spread

Just finished the latest spread for Night Owl today! Just keep painting…