‘Bridge’ 10’ x 12’ mural art for Angel City Brewery’s Heritage Festival. Thanks to everyone for coming out to participate in this live event. Hearing many of the conversations spoken after everyone threw their worries away helped create the title of this piece. A special thanks to @kfrags, @mrscheyanne, @lucid_morgan, @artshare_la & @ely2000k and all the Angel City Staff for all of your help with organizing and assisting throughout the event.
I’ll be doing a live painting in connection with Angel City Brewery on May 26 during their Annual Heritage Festival. Much of my artwork is related to finding beauty among chaos. One way we can do this is by letting go of things we can’t control so we can put our energy towards things we can. In connection with this mission, this mural will be interactive.
The first 150 people that come to the event will be able to take an egg filled with pigment and write their latest concern, failure, or worry on the egg and at a scheduled time, we will all throw our eggs against the wall of the mural. So together we will put away all of those frustrations and make something beautiful out of it as I’ll incorporate the colored pigment thrown at the wall into the design of the mural.
There will also be a live band, great food and other surprises. Hope to see you there!
12:00 pm – 6:00 pm
216 Alameda St.
Los Angeles, CA 90012
A violin duet today on the easel. #wip
Taking a break from the studio today. Bringing my #workinprogress to the coffee shop.
‘Liquid Dreams’ More parts of a painting.
Excited to have new prints available next week for #uniqueLA. All those on the email list will get first dibs. Come by and see them in person Dec 2 & 3.
Finishing up a few last strokes on a commission piece.
•Ishan Project: 337/28•
VEIL OF PLATITUDE
“I’ve been a victim of circumstance, and I never have gotten the chance to give my side of the story. If I don’t take over, no one will know the truth. Leah has told enough of the Ishan’s side of things. Poor misguied thing, this woman doesn’t understand what I’ve been trying to do. No one really does. I’m not angry. I’ve actually been quite amused. It’s cute. All the kicking and flailing against me when all I’m trying to do is save you all. All my research, all the hard work that I have done has been for your good. It gives one peace. Despite the lies she tells, Sufna is beneficial. It gives you peace. Don’t resist. It gives all peace.
The feeling is hypnotic. Even your pupils dilate rhythmically. I will show you all what it feels like to experience the light, light from me.”
—Chûndra, Queen of Tritons
VEIL OF PLATITUDE / Collage, Gouache, Embroidery / 9″ x 12″
•Ishan Project: 305/60•
(Cont. from DAY 303) Fortunately, the young woman felt no pain. This, they were thankful for, and they’ll ensure her cure. As she marches to the beat of Chûndra’s drums, they remembered an experience Preet had earlier this week. The difference was that Preet’s experience was painful. She, then, was struck to sleep and awakened by Anali. But despite the penetrating affects of the flower, she experienced a case of mild amnesia temporarily.
Today, Preet leans back and reflects on the 4bearance’s efforts this year. So much has happened. Her limbs crackle in the cold darkness outside. A stiff breeze rattles her branches and it just…feels…so…good. She embraces this moment as she hears someone counting down in the distance.
Although her memory had been lost temporarily, and although she experienced pain temporarily, they at least are much closer to the source of Chûndra’s vapor.
RUSTLE / Mixed Media / 5″ x 8″
•Ishan Project: 107/258•
Chaen was going to have trouble slipping by this many guards. He’d have to use his cloaking power and imitate a Triton guard.
His body leans forward as he transforms into their dazed look. He uses his covert ability to reach his family now trapped in this lair.
Underneath this building there’s too many twists and turns. All of the tunnels zig-zag like a maze in here.
CHAEN / Gouache, Pencil / 5.5″ x 8.5″
•Ishan Project: 52/313•
He laughs when he thinks of how he used to give her such a hard time. Anali’s father, the Judge of the Ishan people, had made a decision that caused him to lose the respect of the community. They were only kids at the time, but you know how kids are. They act off of what they hear the adults say and follow the crowd. She was too cute when she got angry, though, so even after time had passed and he didn’t really believe all the rumors, he would make fun of her just to watch her nose wrinkle up and her cheeks get flushed. Good times.
AWHILE / Gouache, Pencil / 5.5″ x 8.5″
•Ishan Project: 43/322•
SPRING EQUINOX I
Just like we style our hair, the Ishan like styling their branches. The difference is instead of it taking minutes to style, it takes months. It’s easier this part of the year because of the longer days in the sun.
SPRING EQUINOX I / Pencil, Marker / 5.5″ x 8.5″
•Ishan Project: 40/325•
She had been watching him for three days.
He would wake up about 1 p.m. and grab a late breakfast from the nearest trash can. After watching people walk around Central Park, he quarantines himself in an abandoned building to have lively conversations with a man named Bob and a child named Booger that are very real in his mind between the hours of 4 to 6 p.m. Then she watches him wail for his mom for another hour. After each psychotic episode, he begs at multiple locations. He has to keep moving to avoid police and other homeless men that would either try to seize his spot or seize him. He was only 11.
Aram couldn’t stand to watch him anymore. Tonight, when he goes to his usual spot to rest she’ll have to grab him there.
ARAM / Pencil, Acrylic, Chalk / 5.5″ x 8.5″
•Ishan Project: 24/341•
THE BRANCH THAT DOESN’T BLEED
Time: 1643. Netra battles the Birdface Crew and decimates them. Afterwards, Chûndra investigated how Netra was able to cause this type of destruction. She finds out about the Bleeding Chair which gave Netra these restorative and magnetic powers. She tries to replicate these by digging up the buried Ishan and chopping of their limbs. But it doesn’t work. The limbs she cuts only survive a day then die off. Now this opportunistic huntress turns her attention to Rïden.
THE BRANCH THAT DOESN’T BLEED / Pencil, Pastel / 4″ x 6″
•Ishan Project: 14/351•
Just before she went into the Dark Sleep, AnaLi Q recalls seeing a cloaked figure hovering above her. As her eyes closed his eerie grin was etched into her memory. A large hood was draped over his head so it was difficult to see his facial features. As she describes him, I start sketching. In her description, though, he has a feather tattooed on his left cheek below his eye. Further investigation revealed that he is associated with the Triton Queen Chûndra. They call him The Forecaster, because when he shows up, bad things are about to go down.
THE FORECASTER / Acrylic, Ink, Markers / 5.5″ x 8.5″
•Ishan Project: 1 /364 •
Due to a mysterious occurence, mankind’s memory has been wiped clean of a group of people that look like us but whose extremities streach to the heavens like branches from a tree. Through a series of Art projects for the next 365 days, Leah Smithson is documenting her investigation of what this occurrence actually was. In addition, she is creating a visual anthropologic documentary of the Ishan’s story and history. Resist + Remember. Follow this compelling story through pictures and interviews of the Ishan.
There were two storms. The first, happened 774 C.E. This storm, while putting the Ishan to sleep, gave humankind amnesia. May 7, 1988 the second storm started coming in waves creating an unsettling condition in the earth. And so begins the awakening…
THE AWAKENING / Charcoal, Pencil / 9″ x 11″
4 Days Until the Ishan Project Begins. Materials: Ready. Sign up to Follow this Gripping Tale at http://leahsmithson.com/blog.html
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