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.


•Ishan Project: 318/47•

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One of the Guardians dropped a package on my doorstep today.  The contents weighed heavily on her mind.

The 4bearance deliberated last night. We need to create something which will allow us to breathe while avoiding the harmful affects of Chûndra’s poison. But first, we we needed to discuss how it works. Koyu reports his findings. “This vapor she’s created  works in two ways,” he tells us. “The first component depletes both human and Ishan’s memory. The second component kills free will. It’s toxin has spread quickly across the planet coercing individuals to do her bidding. We already have the antidote, just not enough of it. What we need is to create a molecular substance with the limited amount of the antidote that will penetrate through her Vapor. And that substance needs to unfading. At least until we get rid of the Vapor permanently.” They later decided to commission me to help with the application of this substance. The first ingredient was in this package.

HEAVY / Mixed Media / 5″ x 4″


•Ishan Project: 300/65•



A putrid smell became more apparent as they continued cautiously down the hallway. This scent along with the motion they heard behind this laboratory door where the Impostors had been flying was more than disturbing. As they watch them fly into the shoot, their flexible bodies shed a green substance which oozes down the door.

Inside, they could see the flying insect’s motions more clearly now. They fly around in their drunken fashion in a circle over a structure which resembled a chair. But this structure seems to inflate and deflate, pulsating as if it were drawing strength from the energy found inside of the Moth’s belly. As Anali and Preet quietly move in closer, they watch in terror as the structure arches to the side, and then forms itself upright. It was now evident what this structure was. It not only served as a hive for the Impostors, but there was a symbiotic relationship they had with some life form underneath. Suddenly they noticed, the larvae from its’ dome begin to creep backwards forming structures like scales. This leaves a hole in the dome, revealing a soft complexion of a young woman’s face.

“No, it can’t be!” Anali whispers. “Violet. Why?”

PEER / Mixed Media / 5″ x 8.5″


 •Ishan Project: 293/72•



I watched as Jess turn abruptly to Anali while she was relaying this story to say, “So you’re saying that Chûndra’s mother is from Ishandria. Does that mean Chûndra is part Ishan?”

“Not exactly.” Anali replied, “Chûndra’s Great Grandmother was related to the Ishan somehow, but I’m not sure of all the details. Chûndra was pretty much human. Except for one thing…”

POCKET / Mixed Media / 5″ x 4″

Aram in the Street Light of Hyde and Beech in San Francisco

•Ishan Project: 201/164•



Aram now travels from Brooklyn, NY to San Francisco, Ca. The 4bearance had initiated a thorough investigation as to who had been stealing the seedlings. She must travel in the night however. Chûndra’s army stay lurking, hunting for the leaders of their small pack.  So she walks silently but ever cautious. Yet to the average night walker she seemed like just another average girl walking the streets of SF even though as she crosses Beech and Hyde Street, the reflections from the traffic lights cast dark shadows on the flowers peaking through the sweater on her small frame.


A Heart’s Prism

•Ishan Project: 197/168•



(Cont. from DAY 190)  News from 4bear shot through the right ventricle of his heart bending light, and creating a pulsation that was indescribable. He no longer could listen to its efforts. He would become a part of it’s resolving influence.

A HEARTS PRISM / Gouache, Acrylic, Color Pencil, Graphite / 3.5″ x 5.5″


•Ishan Project: 188/177•



Time: September 5, 2013

Location: San Fransisco(Telegraph Hill)

He first heard of the 4bearance from a friend who’s eyes budded so brightly his retinas became transparent. “What was this group all about and what was their agenda?” he wondered to himself. The winds in San Francisco began to pick up as he rolls up the collar from his trench coat and crosses the street.

Meanwhile, The Forecaster had been studying his tracks from on top of Coit Tower. This young man was of interest. He knew this one would lead him to his prey. He patiently stays behind the shadows waiting, listening, studying, observing.  Soon… he’d even the score.

WONDER /  Gouache, Graphite, Color Pencil / 3.5″ x 5.5″


•Ishan Project: 166/199•



Aram leans forward and unbuttons the back of her blouse to let her flowers breath in the sun. She takes in a deep breath as the petals transform from its warm radiant energy. She begins to smile softly to herself as thoughts of her brother echo through her mind. She knows he’d have been proud of her. The task ahead would be no small feat, but she’d be ready.

EXHALATION / Gouache, Acrylic, Color Pencils / 8.5″ x 11″


•Ishan Project: 135/230•



As if she has laser beams streaming from her eyes, Chündra is on a path of vengeance and even the animals try to stay out of her way to avoid being pierced. This will be difficult, because now she’s changed her focus.  She has an even bigger target in mind…us.

 PIERCE / Chalk, Pencil, Color Pencil / 5.5″ x 8.5″


•Ishan Project: 122/243•



They’ve been communicating underground using vibrations.  She hears the last Thump.  Through trial and error Anali Q has cracked the code of the BirdFace Crew.  It won’t be long until she figures out where he’s been.  Koyu’s too smart to get caught by Chûndra.  “But, I will always find him,” Anali whispers to herself.

WHISPER/ Gouache, Pencil /  5.5″ x 8.5″

Ishan Project Begins: The Awakening

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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 Ishan Project Begins


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5 Days Until the Ishan Project Begins

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