Jaesen Kanter

Nurturing and Exploring the Subconscious Realm
Graphic Design

Web Design

Design is an iterative decision-making process. It allows us to devise and produce ideas and needs into products that solve problems, asks questions, or simply entertains. The iterative process will produce both relevance and uniqueness for a project if it is done well.

Logo Design

When I designed my first logo in 1995 I was taking art classes, so reading stacks of books on design theory seemed like a perfectly fine place to start.

But by the time I sold my very first logo, I realized that the skills needed in this business were nothing like what I had learned. Forget balance, form, texture, rhythm, and just about all of the formal elements that they talk about in design schools.
In the real world, business owners want designs that…

represent their companies
are unique
are easy to remember

That’s what logos should do.

Just that.

The primary function of a logo is to stick in the mind of the target audience.

When it grows up, it needs to become a brand. Something people can immediately recognize. It sounds simple enough, but this is probably the hardest part of logo design. For a logo to stick, it has to be unique and simple.

Ventura Film Society

This is one of a series of posters I designed for the Ventura Film Society’s monthly film screenings at the WAV in Ventura, CA.

Facebook Fan Page

Two graphic elements I built for the Matilija Magic Facebook Fan Page.

Artesia Healing Arts domestic abuse campaign

 

I had the pleasure of working with Stew Birbrower on poster art for the Artesia Healing Arts domestic abuse campaign. Stew wrote and directed several 60 second commercials and asked me to design a promotional poster.

 

7 Priceless Prescriptions

I got a phone call from Victor Forbes of Fine Art Magazine graciously asking me to do the illustrations of a book by Dr. Bill Akpinar.  Victor and I have worked on projects together in the past and I of course was thrilled to take on the challenge.

What I didn’t know was that this book would have such a healing and powerful influence on me…  Read more

 

Ivory Keys


Jaesen Kanter

The collaboration of Jaesen Kanter and Michele Bramlett

IVORY KEYS

In this piece, the piano man represents the gate keeper of souls. As President Obama stands on a Mississippi beach watching BP’s oil wash ashore during the worst American environmental disaster that’s destroying the gulf of Mexico, he is faced with the choice every president before him since LDJ has had to make. Do you sell your soul to “Big Oil” or do you finally take a stand and do right by the people . A moral test that every president thus far has failed. Greed is a hell of a drug! The names within the bloody hand represent all the people who have lost there lives fighting for black gold. The presidents nick-names on the side of the piano have all sold their souls. What will Obama do?

“Street Players”

The music is everywhere. Walking the streets of So Cal and listening for “Poor Elijah”, Jaesen and Michele photographed musicians intent on capturing the essence of “singing for your supper”.   In this series, the artists, working from the same photos simultaneously have lent their interpretation of the moment captured. Jaesen’s blank canvas, the photo. His medium, digital media. Michele’s work is acrylic on canvas.   Each collaboration will be sold as a set which includes Jaesens framed piece, Michele’s painting, and the original photo taken.

Price for each set  $1000.00 Proceeds to benefit the Poor Elijah Foundation.


Michele Bramlett

Induct Campaign

“The best Rock-N-Roll band I ever heard in my life, the Original Delaney & Bonnie and Friends.”
– Paul Williams, President ASCAP

In 1969, music was the voice of a worldwide revolution. Crossing all color lines, music was able to inspire, inform, invoke and unite people that shared the common belief that war and violence were not the answer to our problems. From the Vietnam War to the Civil Rights Movement, music changed the world and in turn, the world changed music.

Music legends Delaney & Bonnie Bramlett created some of the most distinctive and unique music of the 60’s & ’70’s Together their dynamic energy attracted Eric Clapton, George Harrison, Duane Allman, Billy Preston, Jimi Hendrix, Dave Mason, Leon Russell, Gerry McGee, King Curtis, Jim Gordon, Carl Radle,  Rita Coolidge, and many others to collaborate as “Friends”.

Besides their recorded legacy, Delaney and Bonnie influenced many fellow musicians of their era. Most notably, Eric Clapton has said that “Delaney taught me everything I know about singing,” and Delaney has been credited by George Harrrison as the person who taught George how to play slide guitar, a technique Harrison used to great effect throughout his solo recording career.

Delaney & Bonnie and Friends deserves induction into The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. If you’re already aware of the musical legacy of D&B, or if you love music and the stories it tells, please support the cause and Take Action! Just go to www.inductdelaneyandbonnie.com You can sign the online petition to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation Nominating Committee. Or you can download and print it, fill it out, mail it in, and know you have done a really great thing!
Thank you for your support!

To Delaney & Bonnie From The Friends Of The Poor Elijah Foundation

New CD From Michael Allman

“Livin On The Open Road”

“Get Ourselves Together”

Recorded to honor the music and influence of Delaney & Bonnie and Friends

and the benefit of Poor Elijah Foundation

LISTEN TO AND DOWNLOAD NOW!

CDBaby

Amazon

Friends of the Poor Elijah Foundation
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Michael Allman – Vocals
Tony Tyler – Guitar & Vocals
Ike Stubblefield – B-3 Organ & Piano
Todd Smallie – Bass
Yonrico Scott – Drums & Percussion
Donna Hopkins – Vocals on Get Ourselves Together
Laura D’Orsi – vocals on Livin’ on the Open Road
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Produced by Floyd (Tom) Skinner
Executive Producer – Gina McClain
Engineered by Miguel Scott
Edited and Mixed by Miguel Scott & Floyd (Tom) Skinner
Recorded at Tree Sound Studios Norcross,GA
Mastered by Miguel Scott at Tree Sound Studios Norcross,GA
Original Painting (cover) by Michelle Bramlett
Digital Art Design by Jaesen Kanter

A Very Special Thanks to Paul Diaz for his Unmatched Generosity

An All-Skinn Music Group Production for the Benefit of The Poor Elijah Foundation – 2010

Below is a writing about the art work for the CD cover

“Just Paint What Your Dad Loved”

18×18

Acrylic on canvas panel by Michele Bramlett

Digital art by Jaesen Kanter

Michael Allman and Friends of Poor Elijah Foundation CD cover for singles

“Livin On The Open Road” / “Get Ourselves Together” honoring Delaney & Bonnie and Friends.

“Just Paint What Your Dad Loved” were the words of Michael Allman as we discussed the cover art for his CD

“To Delaney & Bonnie From The Friends of the Poor Elijah Foundation”

The figure in the top right corner is honoring Michael Allman and his dedication to the movement of PEF and the induction of D&B and Friends into the RRHOF. Michael, with F Tom Skinner, and ”Friends of Poor Elijah” did an amazing job and the Bramlett family is so proud. You rocked it. Thank you.

Dad loved horses and he loved to ride. He loved our “Rock and Roll Ranch”. He loved being home.

My Dad was a brilliant composer and loved and rocked the most soulful horn sections.

He heard music in his head all the time.

The guitar is a given…I can’t even imagine Dad without his guitar close by.

He loved, and was influenced by, Robert Johnson. Dad said, “He was a good friend of mine ‘long time ‘fore I was born”.

He loved his front porch. Swinging and singing and sitting on his chair and playin guitar and talking and telling stories

and looking at his roses

I painted the corner of the album “The Original Delaney & Bonnie and Friends- Accept No Substitute” to honor the Magic.

The figure in the top left corner is from an image Jaesen created. My Dad loved to fly in his dreams.

This symbolism was created during the first works of the Elijah Series.

It represents Dads hand and who he touched directly. Those he taught, mentored, inspired, and loved.

The back cover is an image of an empty greyhound tour bus by Jaesen Kanter.

Can you imagine the stories on that bus?

Magic

Michele Bramlett

The Poor Elijah Foundation is dedicated to assisting musicians in need develop strong business ethics within the music industry and providing financial relief to the working musician aspiring to learn and who does not qualify for assistance from charities that require long term and/or professional establishment in the music industry. Through mentors, workshops, and camps, PEF will take the working musician and educate them in various aspects of the music industry e.g. engineering, management, publishing, money management, contract negotiations, and musical education to elevate the art of the artist fostering skills to become more proficient in their craft. The long and short term plan is to raise monies through the production and promotion of charitable musical events, art exhibits, DVDs, CDs, and any other such fund-raising that are permitted under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Once all corporation costs are met; the remaining monies raised will go directly to the education/mentoring of and or assisting the musicians with financial relief.

Matilija Magic Art and Music Show

Matilija Magic Poster

by Jaesen Kanter

20×30

Posters Available!


July 24th 2010 Art and Music Show

Jimmy Messina, rock legend (Poco, Buffalo Springfield, Loggins and Messina) Set to debut his paintings at the WAV in Ventura Matilijah Magic Art and live music show WAV July 24TH ~~ 3:00P.M to 10:00 P.M.~~ 35 W. Thompson Blvd Ventura, Ca Born in Texas in 1947, Jimmy began learning to play the guitar at the age of five. His influences were Elvis Presley and Ricky Nelson. He was especially drawn to the California sound of The Beach Boys and Dick Dale. This singer, songwriter, producer, engineering master, has found satisfaction in every new adventure. Painting for years , this is Jimmy’s first public showing . Michele Bramlett will be unveiling her piece “Poor Elijah” ( Inspired by her fathers song of the same name)~ Michele will also be showing for the first time her collaborative effort with artist Jaesen Kanter! Live music with Victor Vega & The Bomb With Special Guests Johnny Smith (Delaney Bramletts Nephew), David Bell, Paull E. Rubin, and Paul Kanter


Cry

Cry

“Cry”

Digital art

This was the first real image that I worked with of Delaney.

It struck a chord with me because Michele handed me a picture she drew when she was 13.

It had a certain innocence. A simplicity that kids have.

That day, there was a lot of spiritual energy was in the air,

reminding me who we are and where we came from.

I heard a war cry, and it’s message is the heart of this story.

The Vet

“The Vet”

Bramlett- Heard him on the promenade near the pier in Ventura, California.

This man touched my heart. He played and sang and I danced.

Kanter- So many stories beneath the callas shell that protects those who live on the street.

Trance/Boy Playing, Girl Dancing

 

“Boy Playing, Girl Dancing”

“Trance”

 

Bramlett- Night stroll down Main Street, Ventura, California.

This young man was anxious to be heard and was so eager to play.

His girl loving him, dancing for him.

Kanter- When I closed my eyes I heard something different, I was able to hang on to that feeling for a few moments after I opened my eyes and before harmony met reality.

Wonderland/Player at Farmers Market

“Player at Farmers Market”

“Wonderland”

Bramlett- Interesting to see this man playing like he had the whole worlds attention. Playing on the edge of his life and from the depths of his soul as if he were playing “The Gardens”…or Carnegie Hall. The greatest universal concert imaginable inviting him to take the leap.

Most of the people walked on by, picking through the veggies and fruit, sipping their coffee, and talking on their cell phones, oblivious to his song.

Except for one little girl….

Kanter- What struck me about this image was the curiousity and innocence of the little girl as she was called by the sound of music.

JB

“JB”

Bramlett- He plays the blues…this makes him happy. The use of color blue combined with his expression, I think, is an interesting contrast.

Kanter- This image had so many magical things going on with in it that I was compelled to only bring some of them to light.

Sax Player 1

“Sax Player 1”

Bramlett- We heard him playing as we were coming out of the courthouse in LA. His playing, mesmerizing. His execution, brilliant. The saxophone’s singing colors the “grayness” of the city.

Kanter- He was like a snake charmer, his sax called to the animals as they paraded by.

“Bramletts”

Acrylic on canvas- Michele painted two different portraits of her daughter Dakota and herself.

Digital Art to canvas- Jaesen then masterfully worked them into one image.

Acrylic on canvas- Michele then painted, recreating the body art (gifts of dad/papa) and painting her dad, Dakotas Grampa, in the moon.

3 process

Collaboration by Michele Bramlett and Jaesen Kanter

Three generations

Bramlett blood runs true and deep.

The body art represents the gifts of my father

to me, his daughter and his granddaughter Dakota

I painted the love of music and horses on my daughter. The arm band represents our heritage and conveys the strength of my daughter.

She is a warrior.

The guitar pic is about a conversation, the last conversation my dad had with his granddaughter.

Christmas eve dad told her “don’t ever use a hard pic, the damn things are too hard.  Don’t ever use a soft pic cuz they’re just too soft. ALWAYS use a medium pic.”

I painted our love of horses on both of our bodies.

Dad gave to us the gift of “ga wa ni so qui li”

“speak horse”

I painted dad singing to Kota giving her the gift of love and art and expression.

I have on my body an easel to honor the gift of art my parents gave to me.

I am in armor which represents strength, loyalty, courage.

Its about  the war I have endured.

Its about the truth.

This was the first time I painted my dad since he died.

“Do you know who we are?”

Michele Bramlett

Bluesapalooza 2010

This year the Blues guide took on a new look. A slimed down pocket version of last years…. Wait, I can’t tell a lie! It’s really not much like the years in the past but none the less, it did the job. Just to bad that this year Dave Mason was playing Bluesapalooza, I’ve been working with Dave on Matilija Magic, the Delaney and Bonnie project. Would have made for a wicked interview for the guide. You can download the Interactive Blues Guide 2010 here.

 

If you would like the Interactive PDF version of the 2008 or 2009 Blues Guide just email me.

Salute!

I finally had the pleasure of working with Christine Hansen of 33 Productions on a project. And I have to say, for a first year event, it was done right. Looking forward to designing next years guide. Email me if you would like the Interactive PDF version of this guide.

Hook & Line Cd Cover

The CD artwork for Hook & Line was inspired by all the things Paul Kanter was going through at the time he was finishing up the mastering.

Back Cover

CD Artwork

Movewest Campaign

I will upload the whole marketing campaign here shortly! In the meantime check out Movewest.

WAV Ad Campaign

As a resident of the WAV (Working Artists Ventura) I had the honor of designing the first brochure.

You can download the interactive version here.

Then came the marketing material, and that all started when I meet Stew Birbrower, a retired, high roller, ad exec from New York. Stew’s collection of Cleo’s alone was enough to get my creative juices flowing as I knew I had the opportunity to learn from a pro. Here’s a look at some of the ad campaign…

First Friday Art Show

Please join us here at the WAV on the 1st Friday of every month. Everyone opens their studio’s, and a few bottle of wine for a fun night of Art and Socializing!

 

The Plenty Green Market

A layout I made for Plenty magazine’s introduction of there Green Market Place.