The Blue Butterfly

This illustration was inspired by a South American folk tale called “The Wings of the Butterfly” in which a girl gets lost in a forest and meets some interesting creatures along the way.

“Dear Chimidyue,” said the butterfly gently, “that is the way of the forest. Among your own people, things change slowly and are mostly what they seem. But your human world is a tiny one. All around it lies a much larger world, and you can’t expect it to behave the same.”


Earth Day Festival

I’m getting ready for the Earth Day festival at the Fairhope Pier in Fairhope, AL. “Its a celebration of the earth for the people living around our incredibly diverse,beautiful,fun,ecologically rich and nevertheless fragile bay area.”

An aerial silk performer will be there, Mike Turner, Sassafrass, Two Suzys and Grayson Capps is playing at 4:00! Come on out tomorrow April 22 from 10:00 am – 6:00 pm. I’ll be at the tent with Renee Edwards (Marnee Studio) so come find us!


The Waiting

“The Waiting” is an in progress work in which I am attempting to tackle the complex surface of what is called aquabord by Ampersand. I think that I am starting to figure it out and if it looks great sealed, it might be my go-to support from now on. No framing needed! Works out great for the artist and the buyer. 😉 Stay tuned for the finished product and if you feel so inclined, let me know what you think. Peace and love friends.


Petroglyphs in Wyoming

This is another commission that I finished this week and mailed off yesterday. The work is a 14″ x 19″ watercolor on 140 lb Cold Press Paper. The imagery is from a shot of petroglyphs in Wyoming (one of the most beautiful places in the U.S.). It took a practice painting and some studies to figure out how to complete this one. Eventually I learned that it would take masking fluid and many layers to achieve what I wanted. I really like the way that it turned out and thought I would share! It was fun to work on and now I think I will tackle some compositions from our trip to Portland. 😉

Petroglyphs in Wyoming
Petroglyphs in Wyoming

For fun, here is a beautiful shot that my Mom took during one of our visits to Jackson Hole and Dubois, Wyoming….several years ago. I am standing in a field of grass at the Yellowstone National Park.

Yellowstone National Park
Yellowstone National Park


Farm Animals

Last weekend, we visited my family’s farm in Leroy, AL. Leroy is about an hour north of Mobile, AL and my Mom keeps “a few” animals there. I thought that I would introduce some of them.

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All Images © 2013 L.J. Hancock