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Started to put together an online site on Etsy for some of my work. The site is still relatively small and I’ve not really busted my butt to really pull it into a tighter page.

I’m getting there!

Destination by lifencompass on Etsy.

As things progress I will be adding past illustration work, the new series “The Happy Ones” will appear here as well.

Be well.

Scott K Smith

Hi there.

Sorry for the late post but it is getting closer to Thanks Giving and there is a lot that we’re working on here at the house. That said I do have an update on the next show, “The Happy Ones” will be part of a collaborative show with Phil and Jenny, in February most likely at the El Dorado Lofts lobby.

I don’t know if you have seen the inside of the El Dorado Lofts (currently under construction) but it’s a historic jewel in Downtown Los Angeles. It touted to be the largest deposit of Batchelder tile in the world, and it is studded with these little pieces throughout the lobby.

The happy ones continue to come along. I present to you today’s piece, remaining untitled.

The photo is a little dark but following the same formula I’m more excited about what can be created and brought out. Color. Shape. Frost. Light. Oh and the essential oils I am using for this group are the following:

  • Thieves: for it’s antifungal properties. We don’t want the paper mache to sour. Thieves® was created based on research about four thieves in France who covered themselves with cloves, rosemary, and other aromatics while robbing plague victims. This proprietary essential oil blend was university tested for its cleansing abilities. It is highly effective in supporting the immune system and good health.*
  • Joy: Joy™ is a luxuriously exotic blend with uplifting overtones that creates magnetic energy and brings joy to the heart. When worn as cologne or perfume, Joy exudes an alluring and irresistible fragrance that inspires romance and togetherness. When diffused, it can be refreshing and uplifting.
  • Three Wise Men: 3 Wise Men™ promotes feelings of reverence and spiritual awareness with a blend of therapeutic-grade essential oils formulated to open the subconscious. This blend, considered a gift by many, enhances emotional equilibrium as it soothes and uplifts the heart.
  • Peace & Calming: Peace & Calming® is a gentle, fragrant blend. When diffused, it helps calm tensions and uplift the spirit, promoting relaxation and a deep sense of peace. When massaged on the bottoms of the feet, it can be a wonderful prelude to a peaceful night’s rest. Peace & Calming may be especially calming and comforting to young children after an overactive and stressful day.

“The Happy Ones” was inspired by the incredible response I received about the painting Frosti (“A Hidden Place, sold) pictured below.

I’ll update you on Phil and Jenny’s work as it progresses, in short we’re looking at photography and sculpture. There is still a lot of planning to do but that’s to be expected.

If you are interested in keeping in contact for the upcoming show you can join add me on facebook, or stay tuned at the blog.

I will probably be skipping my next two posts because of the holiday but I will be sure to update you with all of the fun recipe’s that we are preparing for the day of Thanks.

Be well,

Scott K Smith

for more information on Essential Oils and Young Living Products click my link under “Follow me” or feel free to send me a message.

*This statement (see Thieves) has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent disease.

Wow what a holiday! We really had a great time on Halloween and partied it up with friends. B and me said goodbye to Andy, a friend who has stayed with us the past week and then “laid low” on the Day of the Dead. Brunch at Panini Cafe, some smart shopping at the market and a particularly scary movie called quarantine. Ending the night with spaghetti marinara.

Monday is my day of rest. Meditation, cooking, cleaning, games, painting, and reading. Doing the things that keep me level through the rest of the week.

Frosti_detailI started three little paintings. An exploration of hidden color and blurred light, that I’m calling The Happy Ones. Finding the right technique to simultaneously take advantage of the texture of the paper mache and canvass, while playing with color -I’m trying to create this “through the snow” sort of feel- is a learning process. I painted over with A Hidden Place, and now I’m attempting to reveal through softening. Indicate rather than reveal. Suggest instead of tell all.

I need some inspiration.

Back to some R&R.

Be well,

Scott K Smith

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It’s funny to realize how working on, and trying to  produce my little show at the Rowan really robbed me of my time. I’m at a bit of a loss without canvass at this point but ready to paint! Hitting a few stores this afternoon around downtown to see if I can fins something to paint over.

I’m kind of fuzzy this morning so please excuse any typo’s or brain farts.


Frosti was one of the last pieces I spilled out for “A Hidden Place” but ended up being one of the most popular. From comments like “The texture is really intense” on most pieces to “That one” (Frosti) “is easy to approach and so soft.” gave me a few ideas about how to spin these little messages out.

I keep getting asked how “the Show” went and I find it hard to communicate in a few words. First tho I was displaying my work, I was also among many artists at the Gallery Space so there were venues within the venues and a few surprising additions. I met some incredible people. I…

I listened quietly without introducing myself to hear what people said about the work, mine and others.

I met another artist who was from my home town -it is a small world after all. Warm hands, loving smiles, deep ideas. I can’t wait to do some collaboration with him.

I got my ass grabbed a few times by friends. : )


I loved watching everyone take photo’s of “Fertile”. It was as if no one had seen a penis before but aside from that I also got a little education about the symbol from Ancient pompeii. Corrina forgive me for misspelling your name if you have stopped by to read the blog but I never got your card. Anyway this great lady Corrina and I talked for a spell about her work and Young Living and she told me that in Pompeii they would hang little penis plaques outside of the doors for fertility.

I’m glad “Fertile” was by the door. I sold three pieces.

I felt surrounded and supported by friends.

The Rowan, no the streets of Downtown LA were a mess! I couldn’t believe how  many people were out to art walk but it almost seemed more of a circus than an Art Event. Me thinks I gotta tune in for the January show and make it a bit more private or exclusive. I don’t want friends to have to fight through crowds of party-goers and I’d love to create a different sort of dimension. Hey. I’m not complaining it was awesome.

When I said I was truly grateful, I meant it.

Oh man! I almost forgot. BOLT BARBERS was HOT! They had people lined up for cuts and Matt blew me away with how upbeat, positive and enthusiastic he was about the event. I mean it really was more than just creating a “buzz”. Yeah. Good job Matt. I can’t wait for BOLT to open at the Rowan.

Full event page at


I have a few things on my mind that I will try to spell out for you later like Elemental Attunements, and “what’s this story about soy causing cancer???” but I’m not guaranteeing anything until the coffee kicks in.

Much love,

Scott K Smith

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Scott K Smith / Bolt Barbers™ Barbering Exhibition / Jodi Bonassi @ Rowan Gallery.

IMG_4388I’ve been sent an update two of the other attractions at the Rowan Gallery Space. If you didn’t know it, there is an awesome little barber shop opening up at the Rowan, BOLT Barbers. Information on the new retail tenant and a collaborating artist are below.

This is said to be The Rowan’s LAST night of participating in the art walk as new tenants begin to fill our their retails space. We will miss the Rowan Gallery. It has always been a great attraction of artists and art appreciators. I know personally that in many ways the success of these shows belongs to Joji Dreyfus, the guy who took the reins of an empty space and opened the door for the temporary venue. Hat’s off to you Joji!
(Official Press Release)

Bolt Barbers™ Announces First Barbering Exhibition At The Rowan Gallery, Artwalk Downtown Los Angeles, September 10th, 2009

Founder & Chief Barber of Bolt Barbers™ announces Bolt’s first artwalk exhibition at The Rowan Gallery.  Bolt Barbers has teamed up with artist Jodi Bonassi, to display her award winning barbershop oil paintings at the gallery, located adjacent to the future location of Bolt Barbers at 460 South Spring Street in Los Angeles

Mohawk Matt and his team of Bolt Barbers will be offering guys free haircuts all night within the exhibition space.  Guys will be shorn in one of Bolt’s five vintage Koken President Barber Chairs, dating from the 1950’s. The exhibit including the live barbering will convey not just the look but also the feel of an old school barbershop, something that has gone missing from Downtown Los Angeles until now.

The artwork of Jodi Bonassi conveys the important role barbershops played for men as a social garage.  Jodi was inspired to paint barbershops by her own grandfather, Jacob Feldman, who was a Barber. She recently completed her ninth painting in her Grandpa Jake series,  which will be unveiled at the exhibition. Jodi’s goal is to complete 100 paintings in the series as a tribute to her love for barbers, barbershops, and her own grandfather. The first Grandpa Jake Painting, which was reviewed in The Boston Globe and published in Harpers, was stolen at LAX.  Since then, her Grandpa Jake series has continued to get reviewed and published in articles such as Flavorpill and other noteworthy publications.

The Barbering Exhibition promises to be a memorable evening, enabling visitors not just to see, but also to feel, smell, and experience an authentic real barbershop.  Mark your calendars.  Thursday, September 10th.  The Rowan Gallery.  460 South Spring Street, Los Angeles, CA 90013.  Exhibit hours are from 4pm-10pm.


About Jodi Bonassi

Jodi Bonassi’s work has been reviewed in the Boston Globe, Flavorpill, LA Times, Daily News, and The Chronicle Review.  Other publications include Art and Living, Art Calendar Magazine (cover),Harpers Magazine, Studio Visit Magazine (Ocean Press), 2007 Emerging Artist Calendar and others.  In 2008 and 2009 she received the University Scholars Award for her “CREATE” Program.  This unique community service based art program is targeted for High School students in need of art programs.  She is a dedicated artist whose recent work has merited inclusion in the Alchemy of Art Exhibition juried by esteemed Los Angeles critic, Peter Frank.  Other noted curators who have selected her work in juried gallery exhibits in Los Angeles are Ann Philbin (from the Hammer Museum, gallery 825 Open Show, 2006), Cliff Benjamin ( “Out There”, LAAA, 2008), Bert Green of Bert Green Fine Art (“Out There”, Gallery 825, 2009), and Marc Pachter from the Smithsonian Institute(Best Painting Award, Cambridge Prize Show, 2003.

Her work has been selected for unique depictions of centers for communal exchange, specifically barbershops, malls and cafes.  She has also used recycled materials such as soccer balls, and broken plates or furniture to paint on.  Jodi Bonassi has an extensive exhibition record in regional institutions and galleries and is fiercely committed to her painting career and to teaching. More information is available at

(BOLT BARBERS™ , a Delaware LLC was founded in 2008 by Global Marketing Entrepreneur Matt Berman.   BOLT BARBERS will open its first barbershop in November 2009 at The Rowan Lofts, 460 South Spring Street in Downtown Los Angeles. More information is available at




As the name may suggests the work I am presenting at the Downtown Art Walk might be found in a secret location but it is not, directly. A Hidden Place is an exploration of a reflection that I found in the music and meaning of the Album, Vespertine, by Björk.

Vespertine draws its name from evening prayers, or Vespers. (Björk, Vespertine) Listening to the album and reflecting on my own home life, my inner world, and the tiny beats with parlor-like dances in Björk’s music I found a muse.

I present to you “A HIDDEN PLACE”. The interpretation of the work is your own. I found image and movement in the music. These suggested, resonated with aspects of my self and life inspiring creativity and deepening my sense of home, Vespertine parted a veil between what is and what is not seen. Less about objects, more about feeling and flow I introduce to you my little paintings here. My evening prayers.

Art Walk @ The Rowan
460 S. Spring Street
(at 5th and Spring)
Los Angeles, CA 90014

*Art walk is always free*

*Note about Parking Downtown:
Most streets have free parking (at meters) after 6:00 PM on Thursday Night. You will find that there are quite a lot of people on the street so you may have to pay for parking if you didn’t decided to take the public transportation in or stage your exploration of new art at a local’s loft / parking.

Invite on  facebook:

I hope you can make it.

Scott K Smith

Scott Lifencompass | Create Your Badge

I hope to see you there…


As the name may suggests the work I am presenting at the Downtown Art Walk might be found in a secret location but it is not, directly. A Hidden Place is an exploration of a reflection that I found in the music and meaning of the Album,Vespertine, by Björk.

Vespertine draws it’s name from evening prayers, or Vespers. (Björk, Vespertine) Listening to the album and reflecting on my own home life, my inner world, and the tiny beats with parlor-like dances in Björk’s music I found a muse.

I present to you “A HIDDEN PLACE”. The interpretation of the work is your own. I found image and movement in the music. These suggested, resonated with aspects of my self and life inspiring creativity and deepening my sense of home, Vespertineparted a veil between what is and what is not seen. Less about objects, more about feeling and flow I introduce to you my little paintings here. My evening prayers.

Art Walk

*Art walk is always free*

Original Idea: A Hidden Place

EDITED: Removed some of this because it doesn’t like or is irrelevant now.

Reiki: Barter or trade?

I’ve decided that my urge to pass the healing touch has been thoroughly transformed by our swiftly tilting economy and crazy global crisis. It’s time to heal!

In the past I attempted to find a regular location where I could offer Reiki for free, once a week, to those who need it. Well with many attempts and offers to find a place in downtown Los Angeles I had to let that one go to the Gods and the Universe. Eventually the “proper path” would be revealed.

Stew. Stew. Stew… moving onto other things. Talks with friends and folks but nothing seems to click.

This week I’ve been thinking a lot more about conservation, recycling and wondering how I can save even MORE resources at home. How can I give back, more? Reiki came to me again and so I decided to offer my services for bater, trade or donation.

I do not depend on Reiki as an income, in fact it has very rarely been profitable. I believe in the “feeling of the healing” and the rest has been secondary or a side bonus.

After my stewing I came to this conclusion, I’ll give Reiki to those who need it. So let’s barter, drop a donation or just ask when I am available in Downtown LA.

My mother

Mom is doing a lot better as well. There is some family strife but my Dad and I have been the family healers. Literally. My dad is a Reiki practitioner as well. 😀

I wanted to keep those who helped out in the loop. There is a surprising lack of communication going on there but at least my mother is out of the hospital, back at home and recovering. If you are on the list or sending out the harmonic healing vibrations *smile* please keep Mom, Sister, family in your thoughts.

You  have  my gratitude.

I’ve been asked -as some of you may know, to participate in the Downtown Art Walk. I am thrilled although initially I was not inspired.

The sketch in the title photo and the one above are some of the things I have been pulling together for the Art Walk. Paper Machete, wire frames, organic meets leather paint, lines. Two colors. Shapes and images. Organic + recycle.

Big. Big. Big, as I can make them. I hope to have three by December. I’ll send you an invitation when complete.

I also have happened to have been blessed with a second collaborative project for a deck of cards. Wonderful Nancy Stenn at will be crafting word and image to create -Gods willing- a new deck of Oracle. That’s a long term project but a bit is in the excerpt from journal above.


Have you seen this site?

“Welcome! The Freecycle Network™ is made up of 4,632 groups with 6,121,000 members across the globe. It’s a grassroots and entirely nonprofit movement of people who are giving (& getting) stuff for free in their own towns. It’s all about reuse and keeping good stuff out of landfills. Each local group is moderated by a local volunteer (them’s good people). Membership is free. To sign up, find your community by entering it into the search box above or by clicking on “Browse Groups” above the search box. Have fun!”

Since we have been so into conservancy at home and at work, I was delighted to find Freecycle.

Check them out, you may be able to find exactly what you are looking for: To give and receive.

So, yes. I have been a bit “out of your loop” but in a round about way I’m still around. I love the creative flow when I finally find it again.

Keep me posted with events in your world.



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