Excited to share my latest painting of the amazing Cincinnati Skyline.
A Gorgeous Roebling Day, Cincinnati | 16″ x 30″ acrylic on canvas by Jeff Johns
With every painting there’s a story on how the piece came to life. This here is a look behind the process of our latest commissioned painting titled, Brice’s Beautiful Botanicals.
Why the name you may ask? This is because our client reached out wanting a painting for their dining room. There was a beautiful original piece of art that their 6-month old son, Brice created. The ask to us was to take this as inspiration to create artwork for them. We took the original painting to see what it would inspire. We then provided a range of 12 “painting reference approaches” to see what resonated with our client. One area that Brice’s original painting took us to was the Chinese translation of happy which we worked up as an option.
From there we refined and optimized to get to an aligned reference visual. Once we had that we got the painting started. While it’s fun to share the progress it’s also neat to see a look at the process that lead to one of our co-creations to capture the vision of our client and their 6-month old artist son.
Brice’s Beautiful Botanicals | 36″ x 48″ acrylic on canvas by Jeff Johns and Colin Daugherty
Excited to share the latest painting we’ve been working. This here is a small farm town in Italy. The original photo was handed down in the family for generations and we were asked to bring it to life on canvas to breath some new life in it.
It was fun to bring to life all the green rolling hills, blue skys, and the dramatic light hitting the town. Hope our clients enjoy this piece as enjoyed painting it.
Farm Town on Rolling Hills, Italy | 30″ x 40″ acrylic on canvas by Jeff Johns and Colin Daugherty
Here’s a look at our our representation of some of the most iconic vinyl albums of all time brought to life with paint on canvas. This was inspired by a client reaching out who has commissioned many of paintings and have them on display thorough their home ranging from city scapes, iconic structures of Cincinnati, animals and even some abstract pieces.
When they reached out they were looking for something fresh for their home that was nothing like what they had on their walls. We brainstormed a bit and I kicked over an idea to bring to life their favorite albums for display on their wall. After much back and forth, listening to a bunch of great music they aligned on the four albums.
From there, it was time to study the space in where the artwork would be displayed. First we started with color palette knowing that we’d be neutralizing the items to black and white and dancing key colors from their home into the art. We then worked up design layout four four canvases on their wall. Our first direction was four equal size canvases which was really neat. However it was a little expected and didn’t put much emphasis on one piece or another. So after that were were able to identify their favorite albums and look at a design direction that highlighted those. In the end we have a range of canvas sizes from 24″ x 24″, 20″ x 20″and even a 16″ x 16″ This really created a nice interest for the wall filling the space perfectly.
Can’t wait till they see these paintings for the first time this evening!
VINYL SERIES | A Collection the Greatest Albums | All acrylic on canvas by Jeff Johns and Colin Daugherty
Elvis Presley | 16″ x 16″
U2 Rattle and Hum | 24″ x 24″
The Beatles, Abbey Road | 24″ x 24″
Born in the USA / Bruce Springsteen | 20″ x 20″
Super excited to share that this painting is finally complete. It was so neat to have someone reach out with the idea to bring to life their view from their terrace of the breathtaking Bernal Hill right at sunset.
All the houses, pops of color and orange and yellow reflections in the windows really makes this painting pop. Can’t wait till the client see’s it in person for the first time!
Terrace View of Bernal Hill, San Francisco | 36″ x 36″ acrylic on canvas by Jeff Johns and Colin Daugherty
Thrilled to share our latest commissioned painting of this breathtaking church located downtown Cincinnati on Sycamore Street. St. Francis Xavier Church was an absolute pleasure to bring to life with brush and paint. This church has quite the history in Cincinnati as it’s first mass was celebrated there over two hundred years ago!
Given the amazing history of the church, this piece is being commissioned for an upcoming wedding. If you look close you can even see we worked the time of the wedding into the clock hands. Enjoy!
St. Xavier Cincinnati, Wedding Day | 12″ x16″ Acrylic on Canvas by Jeff Johns and Colin Daugherty
Super excited to share the final capture of our latest skyline painting featuring the amazing Lake Point Tower in Chicago, Illinois. As Cincinnati-based artists it’s always awesome to get a call to paint something outside of our beautiful city. This painting was commissioned by a lovely couple living in Colorado who will be moving to this beautiful building right across from Navy Pier.
One neat thing about this piece is that it’s the second painting that was inspired by the original photograph that I took while going around the ferris wheel with my wife while we took a weekend trip to Chicago.
Can’t wait till the new owner see’s this in person for the first time. Looking forward to boxing up and shipping out very soon.
Lake Point Tower, Chicago Skyline | 24″ x 48″ acrylic on canvas by Jeff Johns and Colin Daugherty
Here’s the final capture on this painting that captures the love between two sisters as they were on a family vacation in beautiful Amsterdam. The cobblestone moss filled roads, combined with the beautiful architecture really make this painting shine. There are multiple aspects to this painting that I really love. From a painting perspective I love the glow of light radiating from the right corner by the Juli Dans sign. The other component of the painting is that it really brings to life our passion of painting cities and combines it with human emotion. Thrilled with the final result and could not wait till our client had a chance to see it in person for the first time.
Here’s a quote from her Facebook post after receiving the painting. “Beyond excited to see the finished product in person! Jeff Johns and Colin Daugherty are SO very talented and I am always in awe of their skill and craft. This will be an heirloom piece for our family to enjoy for years to come!”
Sisterly Love, Amsterdam 24” x 36” acrylic on canvas by Jeff Johns and Colin Daugherty
With being home around the boys it’s been fun to do some new paintings for them and their rooms. Jackson and I spent weeks trying to figure out what to paint for his room that would capture what he was most in to right now. He recently had a Blaze and the Monster Machines painting on his wall that I did about 3 years ago and since he’s grown out of that we needed something new.
He’s super into robots at the moment and we came to the conclusion that the Transformers are the ultimate robot because they can turn from one thing into another. My favorite Transformer growing up as a kid was Optimus Prime and it’s funny that Jackson’s is too because I was able to create a toy that I spent most of my childhood with. Now it’s currently hanging proud on his well and his face when it was complete was priceless.
The Transformers, Optimus Prime | 24″ x 36″ acrylic on canvas by Jeff Johns
Excited to share the final capture of this Spiderman painting. My little dude Grant was wanting a painting of Spiderman for his room so worked this up. Now every night before we go to bed we shine the light on this painting so he can see it.
Grant’s Spiderman | 16″ x 40″ mixed media on canvas by Jeff Johns