Sympathetic Strings(2017) [A Beautiful Decay Series]
Acrylic & Oil on Wood 36’’ ⭕️ Diameter
Sympathetic Strings(2017) [A Beautiful Decay Series]
Acrylic & Oil on Wood 36’’ ⭕️ Diameter
Putting the finishing touches on a few new porcelain hands for the @uniquemarkets #uniquela show next week. Come through and check out many of these pieces and several other designers, crafters, djs', and makers at:
3021 Airport Ave
Santa Monica, CA 90405
United States on the 19th, 20th. Tickets are only $15. Everyone who signs up for our newsletter will also be randomly selected for a free pass to get in. Can't wait to see you in person! 🎶@littledragonflicks 📷 @vlc_photo 💄💇🏼 @silversunmakeup ⛓⚒👾 @leahsmithsonart
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.
In the studio putting the finishing touches on this new piece.
“Quiver” Acrylic & Porcelain on wood. 17×24″, 2017. #figurativeart
Experimenting with a new tool to finish up the painting portion of this portrait. I think I’ll call her Wonderment. She’ll be the first in a series of pieces under A Beautiful Decay. I’ll be finishing her off with sculpted porcelain, so stay tuned ✨📺✨ #^+^
Check out this awesome interview for Talon & the Suneaters by The Hedonist Magazine @thehedonistmagazine featuring:
Photography by Vania Stoyanova @vlc_photo
Models: Grace Edwards @grace_eedwards & Diana Dragidella @diana_dragidella
Stylist: DKash Taylor @kash_muny
Hair & Makeup: Marina Fisher-Soto @marina_hmua
Nails: Dayna Denise @ddnailz_.
You can check it out here: http://www.thehedonistmagazine.com/2016/10/26/leah-smithsons-interview-art-as-a-fresh-perspective-talon-and-the-suneaters/
Fussing with her lashes on a new work in progress.
Just read an amazing article that mentioned how color can affect your productivity by Talor Casti @thecoppergirl on @mashable. Even if you may have a favorite color, the effect of being around certain colors are universal. I’m putting together an experiment to try this week with my peeps on my email list. Come try it with us. It’s easy and fun. Sign up for the email list at leahsmithson.com (the link is in the profile)
Posted a quick sketch of this awhile ago. Finally able to put some paint down.
EXCERPT FROM A WORK IN PROGRESS
Happily putting the finishing touches on this piece…I’ll be sure to post a pic of the full painting when its done;)
Recently I finished a life size sculpture from Day 7 of the Ishan Project. Thought I’d share the small painting along with the finished project with you… Resist & Remember.
Thinking of the Ishan Project last year, I wanted to share something with you for old time sake 😛
Two weeks have now gone by and we are in the final days of the Wearable Art of a Forgotten Species Project. I just wanted to let you all know how much I appreciate all of your support. This Kickstarter Project can not be accomplished on it’s own. So it’s kind supporters like each of you who keep this project moving forward. With less than 12 days left, this project has been an absolute pleasure to include you all in on.
The Launch Party was an absolute success! Thanks go to all of you who were able to attend (or who were there in spirit as well). The models looked so good and it was a pleasure seeing everyone try on the different fabrics. You guys looked amazing!
I wanted to show you a few photos from our show last week which have prompted some of these hand painted scarves up close. Each painting is framed and created individually by the 4Bearance team, so every one is unique and one of a kind. They have been cast from antique frames dated some 80-130 years back. If one of these paintings catch your attention shoot me a link and lets see if we can work out a special offer. Thanks for your time today. I’m truly grateful for all of your support. I hope to have one of these lovely heirlooms wrapped softly around your neck soon. Until then, Resist + Remember.
I also wanted to hear your feedback on what areas you feel the Project could be improved. For instance, do you feel that I should include another garment i.e. t-shirts? I look forward to hearing back from you.
THANKS AGAIN & WEARABLE ART: THE UNINVITED
Here is one of the Wearable Art Designs: The Uninvited. Remember, since I’m handpainting each scarf, your design will be a little different – unique to you. In case, some of you missed one of my updates, I added in a $45 level for scarves.You can see it here Let me know if you have any questions or suggestions. Seriously, I want to know Stay tuned for the winning design you all voted on a couple of months ago. Thanks to all of you again for supporting the Ishan Project this past year.
Thanks everyone who’s had an opportunity to see the Kickstarter for Wearable Art. It was really a treat hearing all of your wonderful expressions. A special thanks goes to all of you who’ve had the chance to share and/or pledge towards this project. There’s still 3 more days to purchase the wearable Relic scarf for only $99(Retail $250)!
Today I wanted to give a special shout out to Anitra Hillman at Nisey’s Studio Salon in Marietta, Ga 30068.
Also special hugs to Tuikeva Bolden, Justin Bass, David and Joanna Weisemann, David Dutra, Marnie Wardlaw and the beautiful ladies Sophia De Young and Kristen Cheetsos.
And to anyone out there who’d like to pledge to the kickstarter at https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/303106924/wearable-art-that-restores-knowledge-of-a-forgotte . Thanks everyone for your kind support. See you at the show. Resist and Remember.
Some have been wanting to see ‘behind the scenes’ of some of the paintings I’ve been working on. Here’s the sketch and underpainting of one of the pieces I’m currently working on getting ready for the upcoming show July 25 – 27, 2014.
I’m depicting an Ishan woman as she’s leapt into part of the atmosphere where the birds usually fly. She never revealed her name, so I have to give her one in this portrait. What do you all think a good name would be?
Oh, and this is Day 13 before the official Launch of Wearable Art That Restores Knowledge of a Forgotten Species Kickstarter.
This is Day 14 before the Launch.
Here’s the official Video now on Youtube. This should make it easier to see from smart phone devices also.
I look forward to hearing your feedback. Resist and Remember.
Here’s a quick video of ANEW’s production on the last post for the year long Ishan Project. Thank you all for your continued support.
•Ishan Project: 358/7•
Olam Ra turns to Anali and continues, “We were going to let you know at the gathering the day she caused the Dark Sleep. Yet Chûndra managed to take over when the solar flare struck.
At birth, you two had different traits. Your features took more after your mother and I. Yet Chûndra’s resembled an ancient human ancestor of your mother. As a baby, her thighs had rough edges similar to our bark. Yet her extremities were more human like. So although you were twins, she took on human characteristics while you took all the Ishan ones.
Your mother and I adored you two. Yet we felt it would be more appropriate for her to be looked after by the scientist at the time. After all, he had already fallen in love with one of our own and his fascination with our magnetic properties had won our trust. Now looking back, I wish we would have done things differently.
Once you two met, we wondered if you’d catch on to your similarities. We were delighted when we saw you two getting along. We had intended on revealing this secret at that gathering. Unfortunately, we weren’t fast enough. Chûndra’s schemes have always gotten the better of her.”
THE UNKNOWING / Mixed Media / 5″ x 4″
•Ishan Project: 353/12•
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″
•Ishan Project: 352/13•
The Third Element was composed from Chaen’s Heart. The soft petals mixed wonderfully with the gouache paint but was also able to create a stimulating ripple in Chûndra’s plans throughout the year. But once they combined with the three other core elements it would cause a catalyst which would stimulate the masses.
Although these positive effects happened, Netra couldn’t help but turn her back away from them. The water began to drip down her face and stained the scarf strapped around her torso. Memories from several years began flooding her memory. She struggled to control her emotions now realizing how close they’d become to the catalyst which would rip apart the Vapor’s influence.
GO / Mixed Media / 5″ x 4″
•Ishan Project: 351/14•
A PIGMENT WHICH BREATHS
It was an honor when The 4bearance commissioned me to create the 2nd element. Jeth tried on the first prototype. The combination of the additives in the air and Violet’s terror created a dangerous toxin. We crafted an image of Anali pictured in The Euphonic on the fabric. Jeth covered his face and breathed in the scent harvested from Chaen’s flower. The pigmentation had been created and mixed with those soft petals. The dye hadn’t quite dried yet, so he was able to absorb the sweet odor which stimulated his brain synapse. The more of these we can get out, the greater impact this would have on the populace, because even though these scarves protect the wearer, the mind stirring effect is felt by those around him as well.
A PIGMENT WHICH BREATHS / Mixed Media / 5″ x 4″
•Ishan Project: 348/17•
A LOVING STUPOR
Again, as the vehicles pass by, their smoke is released in the air. Then Chûndra’s new poison sprinkles down like snow flurries. However we hadn’t counted on how quickly this spread had become. We all watch from afar as her next victim’s stare becomes glazed over. What can we do now? If we storm into Chûndra’s palace again, it’s not like it will fix anything. The Sufna formula has already been shipped off all over the world. If we approach the petroleum companies, they’ll laugh in our faces. By the time we prove what effect the additive Chûndra gave them has on people, it will be too late. Besides, by now they’re probably being controlled by her anyway. We’re going to have to figure out how to negate the effects of her ingredient ourselves.
In the meantime, we’ve been hearing that Violet started to take on new features which Chûndra is finding difficult to control.
A LOVING STUPOR / Mixed Media / 5″ x 4″
•Ishan Project: 347/18•
A SCENT DORMANT
During the winter, most trees grow dormant. However in California, it seems a flower is always in bloom. I thought of the irony of this as I walked outside today and saw the first bloom of a Pink Magnolia. We had gone through a dry spell which worried us, but now we feel the moisture in the air from the mist of a downpour from earlier today.
The first scent I inhaled struck me as sweet. Yet, this was short lived as a truck drove past me, snatching away the lingering sweetness in the air with Chûndra’s Vapor. Or at least that’s what we’re afraid of. We pulled our scarves over to help shield us from her influence. We found she was telling the truth. Evidently, she had been using several fueling agencies to disguise her secret additive. Now it’s hard not to be a little paranoid every time a vehicle drives by.
A SCENT DORMANT / Mixed Media / 5″ x 4″
•Ishan Project: 345/20•
HOWLING IN THE SHADOWS
Something has been happening in the palace today. I’ve noticed several Tritons howling in the shadows. I’ll be needing to take time to work out what’s happening in my household and thus will be relinquishing my hold on Leah’s social media, for now. I think that I pretty much have made my point, and despite all of the protest, I think you all are on my side. Even if you’re not, you won’t have a choice soon anyway. You will be hearing from me soon. Oh, and remember to breathe healthily. ~With Love, Chûndra Queen
HOWLING IN THE SHADOWS / Collage, Gouache / 9″ x 12″
•Ishan Project: 341/24•
Resistance is pointless. After tomorrow, the vapor will be shipped all over the world, and there’s nothing you can do about it. 4bear still doesn’t know how I have been administering it. Don’t worry, I have no reason to keep it a secret. I will just tell you. Then you will know how unprofitable resisting it will be.
Think. Besides food shelter, and clothing, what commodity does this world revolve around? I find it amazing how the ‘powers that be’ have caused this world to be dependent on something which is unnecessary for sustaining life, oil. In my studies of the Ishan’s branches, I found they have an amazing ability to not only cause amnesia by neutralizing brain cells, but there are properties in their branches that are very adept at neutralizing emissions as well. Marketing my vapor as an additive to gasoline companies was a perfect stratagem. People use gasoline everywhere, and wherever gasoline is used, my beautiful, peace giving Sufna formula will be dispersed. Oh, and Anali, please thank our father for making all this possible. ~ Queen Chûndra
BARE THOUGHT / Collage, Gouache / 9″ x 12″
•Ishan Project: 339/27•
As I walked downstairs today, I noticed Violet watching me. I’ve allowed her genetically modified bugs to give her a certain amount of power. I really don’t mind others having power – as long as I can control it. I still have to keep her on a short leash.
She’s been comforting me, recently. It has given me a measure of solace, but it also disturbs me. It reminds me of the fact that she isn’t fully under the Vapor’s influence. But don’t be confused; she is still completely under my influence. Kind specimen….I’ve given her the gift of a bioengineered body that took me years to develop. She is the first. If some of you are fortunate, you could be next. Everyone needs a purpose. I have plans that make room for all. There are positive aspects to being cold as concrete. Chemical love is underrated. Relationships are much simpler and people, more useful. I used to receive comfort from Kalese, but now Violet is making herself a decent substitute.
—Your Noble Servant and Queen, Chûndra
CONCRETE / Collage / 24″ x 24″
•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″
I have some disappointing news.
Chûndra, of the Tritons has now been hacking into my accounts. I’m not sure what she’ll say or what she may do but be aware that she is extremely dangerous and not to be trusted. Below shows evidence she’s now started a Google + account already.She may try to post some things even on this blog but be very cautious because I’m afraid that she’s managed to hack into my WordPress account as well. My friends continue to Resist & Remember. Take care.
•Ishan Project: 336/29•
Chundra has purported that her vapor is like a veil, a protection. Even though we have removed the main source, she is not one to give up easy. She will try to figure another way around it. In the meantime, it’s been reported that she has already built up quite a supply. There is still danger in the air. We have to breathe, but we also must keep thinking, reasoning, and creating. Resist.
DIVIDER / Mixed Media / 5″ x 8″
Just wanted to take this time to thank everyone of you personally who’ve supported the Ishan Project over these past 11 months. Can you believe how quick the time has flown by? Your likes, shares & comments have kept this project continuing smoothly & have helped support the fight of 4bear.
Something odd has been happening lately. Now that we’ve entered the final 30 days of our tale, I’ve been experiencing some interesting disturbances as I try to post & upload things online. I suspect I know who’s behind this. We’ll have to wait and see. In the meantime Resist & Remember.