And the bells did sing, Wedding Portraits 2015

  It’s been a blessed year with numerous family weddings. Three of my cousins were wed – one in spring and two over the summer. 

Each image was created using layers. The transparency of watercolor, a favorite of mine, adds a light, glowing element to each image. 

  
The backgrounds contain text important to each of the couples – from pi-day to vows to scripture. 

Joyously, gold ‘confetti’ falls in shining squares as a frame around each couple. 

  
Congratulations, cousins! 

(Each couple also received coloring pages of their wedding – I frequently use layered pieces and projection to keep my paper pristine and white). 
       

    
 
  
  

Download Sleepy Safari – Free Book by Award Winning Artists on iTunes

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Imagine laying your child down, but rather than ducks or sheep, you have a safari of animals to sing them to sleep.

The happy animals in this book rest under a dreamy blue-vioelt sky filled with smiling stars and would add an elegant touch to any children’s library.

This book is the collected paintings of the Sleepy Safari set to a lyrical ballad that’s perfect for lulling any little one right to sleep. This book is special to me because it’s dedicated to my niece – the first of my family’s next generation. May all the children in our lives have happy dreams.

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Sleepy Safari is written and illustrated by award winning artist, K. Ryan Henisey.

On the Seventh Night of Halloween

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On the seventh night of Halloween my mom-ster scared me with seven trolls-a-trampling… six ghosts-a-haunting, Five Vampire Bats! four grinning pumpkins, three grunting goblins, two black cats and a skull for our skeleton tree.

On the thirteenth night of Halloween my mom-ster frightened me with thirteen dancing devils...

I’m counting down The Thirteen Nights of Halloween with my new, fully illustrated children’s book. I hope you’ll join me and add a little Booooooooooooo! to your books!

Happy Halloween!

#TransLivesMatter A Portrait of American Violence

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“I’m so exhausted,” Blake Brockington wrote before walking into traffic on Interstate 485 on March 23, 2015.

Blake was a handsome young man. He had been crowned homecoming king and had spoken about his trials and triumphs on the national stage. Blake was also transgender.

“When you’re a kid, parents always tell you sticks and stones may break your bones but names will never hurt you. To me that’s not true. Words hurt, and words turn up to threats and threats turn up to physical violence.” Taylor Alesana, like many transgender teens, was made to feel uncomfortable at school and in society. She spoke about it on her popular YouTube channel before taking her life on April 2, 2015, just days after Blake.

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“When I was 14, I learned what transgender meant and cried of happiness. After 10 years of confusion I finally understood who I was. I immediately told my mom, and she reacted extremely negatively, telling me that it was a phase, that I would never truly be a girl, that God doesn’t make mistakes, that I am wrong. If you are reading this, parents, please don’t tell this to your kids. Even if you are Christian or are against transgender people don’t ever say that to someone, especially your kid. That won’t do anything but make them hate them self. That’s exactly what it did to me.” Leelah Alcorn was made to feel uncomfortable with her gender by her family and the religious community to which they belong. On December 29, 2014, she took her life, stating in her note, ‘I am never going to be happy.”

Leelah was 17 years old. Taylor was 16. Blake was 18 years old.

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Transgender Americans face some of the worst examples of discrimination and violence in our nation. It is widely reported that nearly 40% of all transgender individuals have attempted suicide (although accurate rates may be much higher when accounting for those who may have lived in secret).

#TransLivesMatter is a mixed media piece, transparent watercolor, wax, and marker on 140lb paper. The painting is the fourth piece in the collection #ArttoEndViolence and depicts  the ghostly remembrances of Blake Brickington, Taylor Alesana, and Leelah Alcorn.

We can all do better. We can be accepting and kind to people of all genders. We can demand that conversion therapy be outlawed and deemed abuse. We can demand equal protections for ALL peoples.

#ARTTOENDVIOLENCE

#TransLivesMatter

Download Sleepy Safari – Free on iTunes

SS Cover
Download the book for free on your iPad or Mac.

Imagine laying your child down, but rather than ducks or sheep, you have a safari of animals to sing them to sleep.

The happy animals in this book rest under a dreamy blue-vioelt sky filled with smiling stars and would add an elegant touch to any children’s library.

This book is the collected paintings of the Sleepy Safari set to a lyrical ballad that’s perfect for lulling any little one right to sleep. This book is special to me because it’s dedicated to my niece – the first of my family’s next generation. May all the children in our lives have happy dreams.

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