Two Cardinals

I recently finished this very special custom work. Did you know that some people believe that a red cardinal is a representation of a loved one who has passed? When you see one it means that the loved one is visiting you and they usually show up when you most need them, to let you know that they will always be with you.

“Find hope in the darkest of days, and focus in the brightest.” – Dalai Lama

Two Cardinals

A is for Alligator!

I’m going to an SCBWI conference in March and working on some new things to add to my portfolio. My goal is to eventually turn this into an alphabet book. Here is the first page! If you are interested in following my process, you can find more videos and in process photos on my Instagram (@lisajohnstonhancock) and Twitter (@LisaJHancockArt) accounts. Give me a follow and see what I’m up to! Thank you friends. 😉

AisforAlligator

 

Colorful Doe

This is a sketch that I created with some of my new sketchbox materials and loosely inspired by the work of Gustav Klimt. The doe is actually cut from a piece of paper that my 4 year old painted. Shhhh, don’t tell her. I really want to make more collage pieces like this. It SOLD and is framed and ready for a new home!

Process

I thought I would share a little bit about my process today. When painting forest scenes, branches, pine needles etc., I like to use a #1 round brush and a liner brush. The round brush is great for creating varying sizes in the branches and I really like to use the liner brush for the spindly pine needles. They also work great when painting fur or whiskers. Learn more during my upcoming watercolor and/or drawing class at Marnee’s Studio this winter! www.marneestudio.com

Art Classes

Registration for Winter classes is now open at Marnee’s Studio, a new art gallery in midtown Mobile, AL.  I will be teaching two classes, Capturing the Natural World (a watercolor class) and Drawing the Delta, beginning on January 22.

We made a promotional video so I could introduce myself. 😉 You can register by clicking on the link below. I hope that you can come draw and/or paint with me this winter/spring! Its warm in the studio and we have been known to serve coffee and even (spoiler alert) hot chocolate!

https://marneestudio.com/collections/classes

 

‘Tis the Season

Wishing you a very happy holiday season filled with peace, love and joy!

I created this illustration just in time for Day 5 of #illo_advent. If you are not familiar with the illustration initiative, it was created by Penny Neville Lee and you can find more information through her twitter feed. https://twitter.com/PennyNevilleLee What a great idea!

WishingYouOwls

Water Ways Art Exhibit

My Loggerhead Sea Turtle will be included in the 2017 Water|Ways H2Outstanding Art Exhibit at the 5 Rivers Delta Resource Center now through January 5 (closing reception).

“Water affects our lives, climate, agriculture, jobs, recreational time, culture, and has a direct impact on our art.  Local artists of all ages will have the opportunity to enter a contest and showcase their work alongside the traveling Smithsonian Exhibit, Water/Ways.”

I feel so fortunate to be included in this show and have my work on display alongside work from the Smithsonian! The work of 165 artists will be on display within Delta Hall at 5 Rivers. They are open from 8am – 5pm seven days a week and admission is free.

See the links for directions to the facility and more information on the exhibit.

http://www.outdooralabama.com/5-rivers-alabamas-delta-resource-center

http://outdooralabama.com/juried-art-show-waterways-exhibit-set-5-rivers

SeaTurtle