5.6.19

Revamp Older Artworks

ReVamp Older Artworks by Minaz Jantz

Time to celebrate my years of past, add a dash of change, contemplate thy art children & put them into their new archival frames. It is an artists prerogative to revamp older artworks and update a FRESH layer using matured skills and new mediums. 


DRAWING: James Douglas Hewett, later a CD Cover.
DRAWING: James Douglas Hewett, later a CD Cover.

Listen to the Music series was created from 1999 to 2003. I was going out to clubs, recording studios and band practices with some sketch papers using only a few colors. My intentions were to create LIVE music influenced drawings to which a few sketches became finished artworks. 


DRAWING on CARD: The Bands Beer
DRAWING on CARD: The Bands Beer
Cramped and sitting in darkness, aided by alcohol, a spontaneous movement goes through my arms as the intensity of the live music pushes me to let go... no perfect renderings allowed! I wanted to capture the moods, stories, ambiance & the equipment of each music gig. 

Can read more about my experiences and the various musicians that became my muse in another blog post here...


Mark Henry Band at The Yale, Vancouver. B.C.
Mark Henry Band at The Yale, Vancouver. B.C.

* 2019 Time to REVAMP Art * 

A few household moves and storage over the years have damaged 4 multi-media artworks from the 1999 - 2003 Listen to the Musician series. Another birthday passes and it's time to celebrate 2019 & 20 years of art making! 


Restore, Revamp & Frame!!


Custom Frame in Black Contemporary Wood with Conservation Museum Glass
Custom Frame in Black Contemporary Wood
with Conservation Museum Glass

FRAME Decisions: 

I do all my own custom framing. Those who live close or buy my art, I offer you services in custom framing using archival materials!

Had to keep in mind what would feature my brightly colored paintings. I came across the PERFECT frame but it did take me 3 weeks back and forth till I settled with the classy, black, Italian modern wood moulding. 

GORGEOUS and sleek!!  It gives the appearance of looking past a dark doorway or from behind the curtain so very typical of where we find LIVE music.


Soft black angular wood frame.
Soft black angular wood frame.

The finish of the frame is so soft and touchable. There is a matt sheen to the finish so subtle light is shone. 

Very pleased that the 2-inch thick frame holds it's own with its size and blackness supporting the viewing pleasure of my vibrating artworks with all its variety of mediums and the foils that add sparkle reminiscent of night clubs and drinking establishments.


The frame is 2" inches wide & 1 1/2 " depth.  Has clear 1/2 spacers to keep the glass away from art.  The wood finish is soft black and modern shape molding.
The frame is 2" inches wide & 1 1/2 " depth.
Has clear 1/2 spacers to keep the glass away from art.
The wood finish is soft black and modern shape molding.


I decided to have no mat showing around the art edges.  The frame molding is 2 inches on the outside width and goes right up to the edges of the artwork. I did not want these 4 painting to get caught up with mat boards so made sure the frame had a sense of weight to hold up lively colors & the energy of the art.


No mat board around the artwork.  Black spacers create depth into the framed art  while keeping the glass away from the art.
No mat board around the artwork.
Black spacers create depth into the framed art
while keeping the glass away from the art.

The frame is 1-1/2 inch deep from the wall to the top giving me enough rabbet space for the art, foam-core backing, plastic spacer inserts, and glass. The 1/2 inch plastic spacer keeps the glass away from the art, especially needed when not using mat board.


My house has lots of windows & reflective light loves the glass on paintings.  Conservation Museum quality glass and notice little reflective light.
My house has lots of windows & reflective light loves the glass on paintings.
Conservation Museum quality glass is used on this art 

and notice no reflective light.
FANTASTIC I am pleased!
This painting is in the same spot photographed as the newly framed Musician Series. This painting has UV Glass with no reflective quality.
This painting is in the same spot as the Musician series.
and has UV Glass. 
Notice the reflection in the glass.
This is framed with Conservation Museum Quality Glass. Clarity & non-reflective in quality.
Above is framed with Conservation Museum Quality Glass.
THE BEST glass choice for clarity & non-reflective in quality.
Clearly better to view the art behind Museum Quality glass.



WHY $$$ BUY Museum Glass?

I live in a small house with lots of windows so YES there is lovely light but it wreaks havoc with art and glass. So I decided to break out of the budget and spring for the Museum/Conservation glass instead of just UV art glass. 

I have tried using NONE GLARE glass to which it does keep some of the glare down but it sacrifices the edges of the art dulling it with a soft pebble-like surface texture. Some other none glare type glass has slightly blueish tinge like sunglasses and it helps too with some reflects but it adds color. Still, both glasses & UV glass is better than regular glass and will protect what's behind it. 


Closeup of Recording Lullabye for Donna Lee
Closeup of Recording Lullabye for Donna Lee
...THE BEST CHOICE...
 Museum Quality glass versus UV glass/nonglare glass. 

Museum Quality is the best choice to clearly view the art with all its textures usually not noticed behind other types of glasses. 

The Museum/Conservational glass seems to slightly magnify what is behind it which is a really nice bonus for all my multi-media pieces with no color distortion. 


I am SOLD, Museum Conservation glass, money be darned, my art is worth it!

To read more in-depth about the variety of glazing/glass choices for framing your artworks...https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Picture_framing_glass

Boyz in the Band: Oliver & The Elements Version #2 by Minaz Jantz
2019 ReVamp Artworks
Pastel on Canson Paper

Version #2 and final of Boyz in the Band... Canson Mi-Teintes comes in colors and this one is an orange paper surface with a waffle texture using soft pastels for the medium. One of the positives with soft pastels it can be applied dryly onto a surface so little issues about adding new layers of pastel at any time other than filling up the tooth of the paper to which I use the softest pastels for the last layers.


  CLOSE-UP of waffle side of the orange Canson Mi-Teintes paper
CLOSE-UP of waffle side of the orange Canson Mi-Teintes paper
When I am going back to older artworks to REVAMP I want to keep the original intention of the art of that time and add only what makes the piece complete while repairing damage and smudged areas.

This painting was badly smudged into dullness and was needing another layer of pastels to tidy up and bring back the sparkle. Since the early 2000's I have built up a fine collection of soft pastels and can now add more layers of colors, values, and textures. 



Boyz in the Band: Oliver & The Elements Version 1 by Minaz Jantz

Version #1 of the Boyz in the Band... I had only one brand of Rembrandts Semi-hard pastels back in 2000 and could get only a couple of layers with Rembrandt pastels using limited value ranges.  

The Canson Mi-Teintes paper can only handle a couple of layers of pastel before the tooth of the paper fills up. I did find out thou that I can revamp the artwork with my super soft pastels like Mount Vision, Sennelier, Terry Ludwig and Dianne Townsend which could easily add another top layer over the Rembrandt pastels.


Boyz in the Band: Oliver & The Elements DRAWING by Minaz Jantz


The drawing of Boyz in the Band is the original sketch using conte pencils on drawing paper with a few pastels to smooch around some color. I attempt to capture the movement on stage at The Fairview Bar.

Stages to prepare for the final artwork:
  • start with ideas, loosely rendered, no commitment.
  • create the loosely rendered drawings into a compositional design with defined shapes and spaces.
  •  Take the finished compositional design drawing and trace onto the final surface.
  • NOW BEGIN to paint on the final surface!



I use tracing paper but found it does not work well with some pastel papers leaving waxy black or white lines that are not easy to cover up with many mediums. 

I found an old fashion method of tracing

Using cheap chalk is less permanent and mixes in with the pastels leaving no drawing traces. I take cheap chalk and rub the back of my finished drawing making sure I get all the lines covered in chalk. 

* The final surface is laid underneath the chalked back of the drawing.
 * trace with medium pressure with a pen or pencil. CHECK
* want to have darker lines???.. retrace the cheap chalk lines on the final surface with hard pastel pencils. 
* for a permanent drawing can spray with Pastel Fixative before painting and the drawing lines will stay strong.


Recording Lullabye for Donna Lee Version 3 by Minaz Jantz

Recording Lullabye for Donna Lee Version #3 
& the revamp of version #2...

The surface of this type of Canson paper has a waffle top with its ability to catch the sides of soft pastels skimming over the weave creating broken lines and edges for a softer and speckle effect. I look at the colors mixing on the surface of the paper and think of a bag of polished jewels.

To hear the tune Lullaby for Donna Lee by James Hewett go to his site and click on his music player.


CLOSE-UP: See how the pastels catch the waffle side of Canson Mi-Teints paper
CLOSE-UP: See how the pastels catch the waffle side of Canson Mi-Teints paper.
I added hair and blue foil into the EYE for Version #3.


 
Music Box Groove by Minaz Jantz
Music Box Groove by Minaz Jantz
What fun going back to these older art children of my past! 


I have since collected a larger selection of soft pastels and ready to take this artwork to a final completion adding a few more minute details but still keeping the overall dark mood of recording music late at night with only the console of colorful lights to set the mood. I couldn't help myself but stick on a few more foil bits adding the sparkle of chrome equipment & console lights. Otherwise, the reality of most of these rooms is dull, cold, dusty, and dingy but such as it is the music gets recorded in a studio basement of an industrial building on the East Side of Vancouver, B.C. 

To read more about the muses behind the musical series...


DRAWING of Lullaby for Donna Lee Sketching paper & soft pastel
DRAWING of Lullaby for Donna Lee
Sketching paper & soft pastel



Recording Lullabye for Donna Lee Version #1


The first designed composition is on Canson MiTeintes yellow paper using only a few pastel colors I had available. I also added the lines with black Chinese ink and foils for sparkle. I decided I didn't like the feet out of the composition on the first pastel so made another one, in an orange paper for Version #2

Last Version #3 of Recording Lullabye for Donna Lee
Last Version #3 of Recording Lullabye for Donna Lee


Recording Lullabye for Donna Lee Version 2 by Minaz Jantz

Recording Lullabye for Donna Lee Version #2 was never finished and was shoved into a folder for years. I enjoyed going back into this version with a new set of eyes and lots more choices in pastels. This version is now the ABOVE finished Version #3.


Rock Cafe at Port Credit Blues Jaz Festival Version 2 by Minaz Jantz


Rock Cafe @ Port Credit Blues Jazz Festival VERSION #2
This is a multi-media piece using a variety of mediums such as soft pastel in reds/oranges on mica grounds and acrylic paint for the colors. I used black Chinese ink for the lines with the foils adding favorite BLING to the musical art. I refreshed some of the backgrounds and added little details like guitar strings.


BEFORE REVAMP: it needed some repair and refreshing of new pastel colors.
BEFORE REVAMP: it needed some repair and refreshing new pastel colors.
Rock Cafe sketch drawing by Minaz Jantz
Sketchbook drawing of the outdoor LIVE music show on the deck.
In the back view of the guys playing music,

 a RETRO holiday hotel just finished renovations.

I sit at a table with my art kit jotting down what catches my eyes on this very day of the guys playing outside on a deck. The building is filled with a history of holidays and men who worked for months at Port Credit docks with seasonal jobs.


Boogie Blues at the Fariview Bar by Minaz Jantz

Boogie Blues @ The Fairview Bar Version #2
Another one of my multi-media paintings using watercolor crayon, Chinese Black Ink, soft pastel, pastel ground, foils, beads, and acrylic paint. I worked back into the pastel refreshing another layer creating more depth. I tidied up my acrylic painting areas where I had some sloppy edges. AND few more spots of foil!


Boogie Blues at the Fariview Bar by Minaz Jantz
Original Version needed some tidying up and repairs.

The drawing started with a drop of wine on my clean white sketching paper center of the flower shape lines. I decided to start my lines there and took off with my gold pen catching the lines of what was in my view sitting at the table close to the stage. I had fun with this art piece!

It was insightful to review how my authentic creative voice over the years is developing my unique style of expression and how maturity and new pastels add to the older pieces.

What a wonderful trip down memory lane for me to REVAMP 4 pieces from my Musician Series. 

Art Inspired 4 Eternity... Minaz

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