“Aperture”

🍃Here’s a detail of a new piece for an upcoming exhibition that’s invitation only. (Send me an email or comment if you’re interested in receiving an invitation) “Aperture” Oil + Acrylic on 24” Round Panel.

Porcelain on “Liquid Dreams”

Added a few new porcelain mushrooms to “Liquid Dreams” (The Millennial Mona Lisa) now on its way to San Francisco to dwell at @artattacksf. If you’re in the Bay Area you’ll be able to see it soon.

Voyage Magazine Interview ‘Hidden Gems’

So awesome to be part of VoyageLA Magazine’s ‘Hidden Gems’ series. Check out my & some other amazing creatives’ interviews by clicking the link in the bio ✨💎✨ (Thanks Kris Voyagela & @ellerali) 📸 @beckgraben

Location @angelcitybeer in curation with Art Cher @mrscheyanne & @kfrags

http://voyagela.com/interview/meet-leah-smithson-talon-suneaters/

‘Bridge’ Mural

‘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.

Unofficial After Party

Come join me @artshare_la for @laartshow after party and closing reception for our All Stars show. It is FREE to attend! There will be 2 DJs @azul213 @djfrancescaharding, and a cash bar available with cocktails from @mulhollanddistilling & @qmixer and beer from @pabstblueribbon.

Appreciating the small things in life that give us joy

I have a some fun new projects coming up related to appreciating the small things in life that give us joy. Here’s a quick timelapse of a sketch, including the,✨ #vectorearrings ✨, that I possibly will develop into a painting or sculpture later.

Appreciating the small things in life that give us joy

I have a some fun new projects coming up related to appreciating the small things in life that give us joy. Here’s a quick timelapse of a sketch, including the,✨ #vectorearrings ✨, that I possibly will develop into a painting or sculpture later.

Feeling inspired in Peru & Parts of a painting

Feeling inspired while walking Peru tonight

Sympathetic Strings(2017) [A Beautiful Decay Series]

Acrylic & Oil on Wood 36’’ ⭕️ Diameter

Sympathetic Strings

Sympathetic Strings(2017) [A Beautiful Decay Series]

Acrylic & Oil on Wood 36’’ ⭕️ Diameter

Unique Craft Fair and New Work

Excited this week to be prepping for a show in Santa Monica August 19, 20. @Uniquecraftfair #uniquela. I'll have new and limited release pieces available to those on the email list & visiting the show. Come by and take a closer look and feel of the jewelry along with some new work in person.

Radio Interview with Patrick McCarty

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Just finished an interview with Patrick McCarty on Insight Radio. I’d love to hear your thoughts.

Best,

Leah

http://www.insighttalkradio.com/insight-radio.html

https://archive.org/details/GiftedArtistLeahSmithsonOnInsightRadioSeeTheWorksDiscussedOn

The Constant

•Ishan Project: 361/4•

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THE CONSTANT

She stands proudly. It was all a front, though. We can see the terror in her eyes. Finally, the realization of what was happening must have started to click for her. Her counterfeit smile couldn’t mask the disappointment she felt. The world she spent centuries building was crumbling before her, but we are not fooled. Chûndra is not one to give up so easily. Right now she needs us. For some reason, she can’t handle Violet on her own. Violet is a person she recreated and gave power to. For Violet to turn on Chûndra, ripping away all of her power and taking away her throne, all of this has to be horribly embarrassing for Chûndra. Her hatred for Violet is much stronger than her hatred of 4bear. She needs us, so she’s using us. She takes us for granted, though. She won’t expect that we will be using her as well.

Defeated, she laughs and tells us, “You will never be able to stop her. Her symbiotic relationship with those insects has grown too strong. Her tiny ‘Impostors’, as you call them, are too powerful and cannot be stopped by anyone but her. ” And thus we realized what we needed to do to take down Violet and the Impostors.

THE CONSTANT / Mixed Media / 4″ x 5″

Crossed

 •Ishan Project: 359/6•

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CROSSED

The 4bearance crossed over the vicious woods and found the trail to her palace.  As they grew nearer, Anali began feeling her sister’s presence. It was unusual, yet as she looked back on her life, things were beginning to make sense now.  No wonder they’d shared similar aspirations throughout their lives. As she gets nearer, she pulls back the adjacent tree’s limbs which gave a glimpse of the North wing. That’s when Chûndra looks out her window.  Despite the commotion around her, she immediately draws eye contact with Anali. It seems as though she felt a similar connection as well. Anali’s stomach turns a little bit as she remembers how well she knew Chûndra. So much so, she could read her body language, which was showing she’d become rather inpatient, pacing back and forth with her eyes fixed on Anali. As Chûndra made a fist, sparks from her magnetic charge begin spewing out.  Chûndra assumed 4bear would rescue her. Apparently she felt they weren’t moving fast enough. It was only right. She had, after all, been entitled to this sort of attention.

As the Sun reflected against the glass wall’s exterior, you could see the warped reflections held within. Under further scrutiny, we realized that Violet imprisoned her in the same glass Chûndra encased her parents in. Preet released the N-oid tincture. The dense smoke traveled across the moat and made contact with the glass. As Chûndra proceeded to step backwards, she taps her foot quickly and waits for the chemical to take it’s effect.

CROSSED / Mixed Media / 5″ x 4″

The 4th

•Ishan Project: 353/12•

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 THE 4TH

Jess’ courage never failed despite her infirmities. Her efforts led us to the fourth and final Element.

We had scanned the petals from Chaen’s heart and noticed they pulsated rapidly once the Guardians and I brushed our skin against them. It was quiet interesting seeing their pulsations glow in the dark light cast by the moon’s shadow. But this experience would not have been possible without The 4th.

I felt a slight tremor in the air as we all realized it was all because of the Observers who have helped us propagate this seed. Yes, YOU. You’ve been reading this project’s story. With open minds you’ve come to understand our invisible enemy. You’ve supported us in this public awareness. And you’ve had a strong impact on weakening its influence by exposing it, every time you‘ve mentioned or shared this project with others. In a partnership, we’ve been able to actively fight Chûndra’s influence.  So yes, the fourth element was, is you: The Audience aka The Observers. This would serve as the final Element which could overthrow Chûndra’s agenda.

Through an analysis we will determine how all these pieces will fit together to form our cure.

 

 THE 4TH / Mixed Media / 5″ x 4″

Tracking Shadows

•Ishan Project: 349/16•

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TRACKING SHADOWS

Violet’s insatiable appetite to please Chûndra caused her to become a monster she always feared. Aggressive, vicious, and instinctive: Her psyche was unstable now.  She tracks Chûndra’s movements as she sticks to the shadows.  She’d been following Chûndra’s activity for some time now. She now senses her Crown’s power wain.

“Now would be an excellent time to intervene,” Violet reasons.

TRACKING SHADOWS / Mixed Media / 5″ x 4″

Pursuit of a Renegade

•Ishan Project: 346/19•

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PURSUIT OF A RENEGADE

I have to apologize for Chûndra’s interference this past week. Somehow she managed to hack into various accounts through negative magnetic waves.  Thanks so much for your patience.

Take what she’s said with a grain of salt, however. Chûndra enjoys mixing truth with fallacy. Regardless of what she says, she didn’t allow us to commandeer our station back. The 4bearance and I captured it back with some struggle. One thing though which came to our attention did have a strong tie with the truth. Olam Ra has confessed to her being one of his descendants. We are still working out the details of how this has happened and why he decided to keep this information quiet.

Another portion of Chûndra’s deceit was how she downplayed Violet’s odd behavior. It seems as though things are a lot worse than what we realized. Her impostors have matured, and have somehow become responsible for the slaughter of a number of innocent civilians. Aram has been looking into finding a way to track her and the Impostor’s movements.  We’re not sure of what her end game is, but we’ll keep you posted.

PURSUIT OF A RENEGADE /  Mixed Media / 5″ x 4″

Things That Sparkle

•Ishan Project: 342/23•

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THINGS THAT SPARKLE

Where was I? Oh, right. Yes, so just in case you didn’t understand my post yesterday, I am saying Anali’s father is also my father. Now you see why I am saying that everything that girl has is actually mine. You also see why it is important for me to figure out how to get magneto-sensor powers from the Ishan. Those powers are wasted on them. My mother was half Ishan. My father is completely Ishan. That power is my birthright, and I know what to do with it.

All the pain and suffering of the ones I experimented on will not go to waste, including Aram. In fact, they should be honored to have been sacrificed for the sake of my plan, because it will lead to a better world. In the meantime, if I can’t have the power, I will control those that do. Thanks to Koyu and Rïden for waking the Ishan for me. I needed them awake.You see, I can appreciate others and admit my mistakes. But remember, I will not be denied power over them. ~ Chûndra

THINGS THAT SPARKLE / Collage, Gouache / 9″ x 12″

In Memory Of

•Ishan Project: 338/27•

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IN MEMORY OF

“She was truly like an only child. Kalese had normally been very observant. Yet, it seems she lost focus. What is this feeling I have now that she’s gone? She would’ve seen a monster approaching, which makes me think this must have been done by someone she knew. I don’t understand who could do something that horrible.

4bear is too small in their thinking to understand they aren’t the only ones who’ve experienced pain. I have endured a tremendous amount in this long life I’ve lived. With this wisdom, I have figured out a wonderful solution everyone should benefit from. This is what my Vapor is bioengineered to fix. It will eliminate all injustices done like this one, because it will destroy the will to do such things. You see, the 4bearance wants to put an end to my solution, but have they given you any other options? I’ll answer for you. No, they haven’t. Do not Resist me.”-Chûndra, Triton Queen

IN MEMORY OF / Collage, Gouache, Embroidery / 9″ x 12″

Veil of Platitude

•Ishan Project: 337/28•

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VEIL OF PLATITUDE

Here…

“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″

Deliquesce

•Ishan Project: 335/30•

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DELIQUESCE

Chûndra walks into her palace after an inspection of the damage The 4bearance had caused to her lab. Losing Anali’s parents…was it infuriating or terrifying her? Maybe both. There was no way of knowing how much of her secrets they were able to pick up in their coma-like state. Besides, she had to figure out how 4bear was able to weaken her Crown’s powers.

She begins to sense a disturbance in the palace. Suddenly, she smells something putrid in her dining area. The stench became stronger and more bitter as she turned the corner. As her eyes met the source of the smell, she fell to the ground. This was something she wasn’t prepared for. A deformed and mangled body had been placed at the bottom of the dining room’s stairway. She gets closer, then reels back as she realizes that these had been the garments of the woman who was like a daughter to her, her apprentice Kalese. The flies had already began buzzing quite nosily now. Chûndra’s body began to tense up as her shock dissolved into curiosity. She knew this couldn’t have been the work of the 4bearance. They didn’t have it in them to do something so vicious. The scene which lain before her was evidence of someone who’d taken their time. But who’d dare do something so horrible?

DELIQUESCE / Mixed Media / 5″ x 8″

Young Anali Transfixed

 •Ishan Project: 333/32•

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YOUNG ANALI TRANSFIXED

(Con’t from Day 332) My heart beats quickly as he continues telling us the events that caused the Dark Sleep. His wife and daughter, Anali, were the last Chûndra poisoned. He noticed her wait awhile as she glared down at Anali, now that she’d been paralyzed. Then Chûndra turned her gaze toward him and grinned, knowing his mind was still capable of understanding what was happening. He remembers now how rough the smell of her leather sole had been as it smashed against his left cheek. His vision had already grown dark as she uttered the last few words that echoed in his mind for several centuries: “Struggling will only cause you more pain. Give in. Your power is already in my hands,” she said in monotone. And everything turned black. As calculated as she was, she missed something crucial…

YOUNG ANALI FROZEN /  Mixed Media / 5″ x 4″

Cradle

•Ishan Project: 329/36•

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CRADLE

The San Joaquin River ran drier this year. This drought has been one of the driest we’ve seen in over a 100 years, even before the time when mankind’s records began, so say many potamologists.

There is another kind of drought resonating around Chûndra’s lair today. It feeds Violet’s obsession for her, and Violet’s body still serves as a cradle for the larvae. As she hides in the shadows of the hallway waiting for Kalese, the larvae begin moving excitedly upon her suggestion. Kalese turns the corner, then she begins feeling a tingling sensation crawling along her left leg. She brushed off the irritation when suddenly a sharp pain struck her in her abdomen. She begins to panic now grasping for breath. As her vision finally adjust to the darkness, her consciousness wavers. And just before she passes out, the last thing she sees is Violet’s dark grin.

 CRADLE / Mixed Media / 5″ x 6″

Focal Point

Ishan Project: 326/39•

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FOCAL POINT

They creep into her fortress, but not too carefully. This time they want to be seen. They make their way into the atrium and instantly Anali’s eyes meet her mother’s once again.  Anali’s parents were enclosed in a glass crypt. All of the memories of what she believed to be their death, begin flooding into her head.

Though her mother’s face remains expressionless, her eyes tell everything. Anali feels her concern. There was no time for lingering in that moment. In the distance, she hears the sirens.  Chûndra and her army come storming in and the arrows start flying.

Netra snatches the N-oid ball in time. As she directs her breath around its’ curves, it dissolves into a powdery substance drifting into the air. They watch as it first begins to float. Then the powder  begins to adhere to the surfaces around them. The glass entrapment was the first item they heard shatter.  Chûndra feels the electric discharge in the atmosphere and starts to retreat, but not fast enough…

 FOCAL POINT / Mixed Media / 5″ x 4″

Consume Awake

 •Ishan Project: 324/41•

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CONSUME AWAKE

“As you know, Chûndra’s crown gives her a certain amount of power,” Anali continues. “She has come to rely on it quite a bit. If there is a way to alter magnetism the way the geomagnetic storms alter the earth’s magnetism, this could give us an edge. It would weaken Chûndra so that we could overtake her.”

CONSUME AWAKE / Mixed Media / 5″ x 8″

Watchful Guardians

•Ishan Project: 323/42•

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WATCHFUL GUARDIANS

“So what you’re saying,” I asked, “is that the Ishan had been wakened by the magnetism from the earth’s atmosphere?”

“Right,”she answers.”Yet, we also selected several humans to join the 4bearance. These individuals had come from a variety of backgrounds ranging from common farmers, powerful poets and artists. A few came from wealthy backgrounds as well.

Waking the Ishan was a gradual process however. So, across the planet, we collectively laid the rare and precious salt deep down in the earth.  The Guardians protected these minerals until the next solar flare in 1988.”

WATCHFUL GUARDIANS / Mixed Media / 5″ x 4″

Brilliant Particles

•Ishan Project: 322/43•

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BRILLIANT PARTICLES

(Cont. from DAY 320)  Anali continues, “I told you that both the dark sleep and the awakening had been marked by two storms. The storms I referred to were not the product of rain or thunder. These storms were created by solar flares.”

“What do you mean by ‘solar’?,” I ask.

“Solar flares create geomagnetic storms.” She continues. “During these storms, the earth’s magnetic field is disrupted. During this event, the same high-energy particles that make the Aurora Borealis most brilliant are the same particles that disrupt the magnetic field that dance through our limbs. As Ishan, our bodies are extremely sensitive to this change. We suspect that this was critical to us going into the Dark Sleep. So Koyu figured that this was also critical to us waking up.

 BRILLIANT PARTICLES / Mixed Media / 5″ x 8″

Grit

•Ishan Project: 320/45•

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GRIT

Koyu was the first victim to fall prey to her new hybrid formula. We had been in the laboratory working when he started repeating himself over and over.  We figured some of the nano tech must have bypassed the vents and seeped into the cracks of this room. And then he started transforming. I could see his limbs shake hard, then tremble. His eyes turned a purple, violet color.  While we all stood stunned, Anali reacted quickly. She snatched the scarf from my hand and wrapped it snugly around his neck. I was afraid to see his response, because the paint hadn’t quite been allowed to dry.

We watch solemnly as his convulsions begin to slow down, and his focus returns. He rolls over and stands up. Embarrassed, he grits his teeth, now that he had regained consciousness. He couldn’t believe that after all of these years of dodging, he almost succumbed to one of Chûndra’s devices.

GRIT / Mixed Media / 5″ x 8″