Cincy in July

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Here’s a progress capture of our latest commission painting titled, Cincinnati in July. This is a rather large painting which were working in black and white. It’s fun to paint in greyscale, however when you have something as magical as the city of Cincinnati you have to make sure you have the right contrast between those multiple shades of grey tones to really make it pop. Looking forward to finishing this one up very soon.

Cincy in July | 40″ x 65″ acrylic on canvas by Jeff Johns and Colin Daugherty

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The Power of Creative Collaboration

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My passion is to create. To take white space and make something that never existed before. The creation not only has to be perfect, it has to be distinct. These guiding principles are what bind me to the creative world as I dream and mold new ideas for consumers across the globe. With nearly twenty years in the business as an innovation professional focusing on new product development, I have learned that it is essential to bring your area of expertise to the table and own it. The real magic happens when you unite with a creative professional who offers a totally different yet complementary area of expertise. In every facet of my creative life, collaboration has proven to be the most consistent force for creating an enduring new product.

I began my career with a focus on art direction working on developing visual communications in a broad range of specialty areas including: branding, packaging, advertising, and digital media. It’s quite often that all these capabilities can come into play on just one innovation project. However, even with this vast spectrum of expertise, the spark ignites the moment you get two creative minds in a room with a focus to solve the same challenge.

Most of my experience as a creative collaborator is being part of a highly dynamic team working as the art director teamed with a copywriter. The copywriter will bring skills such as writing body copy, headlines, new product claims and seems to always have a fresh perspective. Most copywriters I’ve worked with are the best visionaries I’ve ever met.

Where I work you’ll find a dozen teams working side-by-side to bring new product concepts to life. For example, in my role as the art director, I might come up with an arresting visual or the copywriter could say just the right word that sparks a brilliant idea. This ensemble of creative thinking during the early stages of the process is integral to the foundation and strength of the concept. The back and forth between these two distinct minds is often the secret behind that breakthrough new product that will stop a consumer in their tracks.

After experiencing the power of creative collaboration in my professional life, I wanted to see if I could put it to work to create an incredible painting. As an established fine artist, my paintings have sold from Hawaii to Cincinnati. So, how would one take this idea of teaming up with another creative and apply it to painting, which is traditionally a solitary task? Think of all the brilliant painters: Salvador Dali, Vincent Van Gough, or Claude Monet. You’ll notice that with all these great artists there’s a consistency, it’s one artist, one individual who put the brush to canvas and made history. My goal was to to break this convention and see what could happen on canvas with another artist who brought different strengths.

Since my art is more impressionistic with bold color, broad strokes and a lot of texture, it was my goal to find an artist that complemented my style. I was on a journey to team up with an artist to paint a masterpiece and I eventually found that painter—Colin Daugherty. Colin brings expertise in the realism style of painting creating some of the finest and most detailed work I’ve ever seen.

Now, for over seven years we have combined these two painting techniques onto one canvas, with each piece being hyper realistic from a distance and super impressionistic up close. To this day, we’ve created quite the demand for our paintings; averaging five to ten commission works each year. Every painting has a story to tell about our process, for example, I always begin a painting on the left side as Colin works the right and we meet in the middle. Once we are at a point to switch, we just flip the canvas upside-down and begin painting from a fresh perspective. This method seems to integrate our work seamlessly across the canvas. Also, if you look closely at one of our paintings, you’ll see our personalities come through the strokes, neon colors or hits of glitter that adhere to the wet paint.

The combination of our painting talents has taken on the name JJCD Collaborations, and we focus on capturing Cincinnati cityscapes. It’s rewarding to see the vast range of work in our portfolio including paintings of the Queen City and her iconic structures. Our goal is to eventually capture every major skyline from Cincinnati to Shanghai and we’ll do that through creative collaboration.

Forming a creative partnership has proven to be super effective in both my professional and personal life. Remember to let down the ego and just bring your passion to create and own it. With creative collaboration something magical is at your fingertips.

This article was originally published on Linkedin 

Under the Suspension, Cincinnati

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Under the Suspension Three | 30″x 40″ Acrylic on Canvas ~ SOLD

Here’s the latest commissioned painting of the Cincinnati skyline that was just completed. Super happy with the finished product and can’t wait till our client see’s it in person for the first time.

If you’d like to see the other two paintings that lead up to this painting you can view here. Under the Supension and Under the Suspension Two.

Under the Suspension Three | 30″ x 40″ Acrylic on Canvas by Jeff Johns and Colin Daugherty

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“There’s a big difference between looking at the town you live in and truly seeing it.” —Jeff Johns

 

 

 

 

Cincinnati in April

CincinnatiinApril_lqHere’s the latest commissioned painting, titled Cincinnati in April. Really enjoying painting this perspective of the Cincinnati Skyline because it truly captures the essence of the city’s most iconic structures. The vivid Ohio River draws your eye right up to the beautiful Suspension bridge on the left of the canvas framed by the Great American building and ballpark to the right of the canvas. The symmetry of the city is spectacular from this vantage point, which is likely why this is the third painting from this perspective and we’re starting a new one next week.

If you’d like to see the other two paintings that lead up to this painting you can view here. Cincinnati in December and Cincinnati Brilliance.

Cincinnati in April | 30″ x 40″ Acrylic on Canvas by Jeff Johns and Colin Daugherty

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“There’s a big difference between looking at the town you live in and truly seeing it.” —Jeff Johns

Under the Suspension, Cincinnati

UnderTheSuspension3Here’s a start on this latest commissioned painting of the Cincinnati skyline titled, Under the Suspension. This is the third rendition of this painting and really looking forward to seeing how it shapes up. Super excited to be working from this reference again as the perspective of being under the bridge and actually on the river really draws you into the city and perches you right under all the magical lights of Cincinnati.

Under the Suspension Three | 30″ x 40″ acrylic on canvas by Jeff Johns and Colin Daugherty

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Foggy Night in Cincinnati

CincinnatiFoggyNightHere’s the progress capture on my latest Cincinnati painting. This piece captures the beautiful Suspension Bridge, vibrant Ohio River and fog sweeping across some of the city’s most iconic buildings.

You’ll notice that I’ve worked a lot of purple tones into this piece and that is for two reasons. 1.) I began working a session on this painting the day after the passing of Prince and was inspired to use more purple. 2.) With the primary focus of the painting being the Suspension bridge which is predominantly yellow in tone, purple is the perfect complement to really set off the bridge. Stay tuned for the final post of this painting.

Foggy Night in Cincinnati | 24″ x 36″ acrylic on canvas by Jeff Johns

Image reference by the super talented photographer, Steve Ziegelmeyer.

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Cincinnati in April

ElectricCityCincinnatiExcited to share the progress on our latest commission painting of the Cincinnati skyline titled, Cincinnati in April | 30″ X 40″ Acrylic on canvas by Jeff Johns and Colin Daugherty, JJCDcollaborations™

This is a very early capture of the painting so stay tuned for updates and the piece progresses.

Cincinnati in April | 30″ X 40″ Acrylic on canvas by Jeff Johns and Colin Daugherty

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Artwork Now on Display in Home at Manhatton Harbour

Honored to now have artwork on display at an entirely new home in Manhattan Harbour on the Ohio River. The home features breathtaking views of the Cincinnati Skyline and Ohio River so it’s a perfect fit. Plus, this property will be featured in several home shows in the next few months, so if you’re in the area swing by and check it out and view some Cincinnati paintings by Jeff Johns and Colin Daugherty

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Testimonial on latest painting.

12814710_10207130701164034_4257797675821309007_nIt’s rewarding to finish a painting. But the real joy comes from getting a note like this.

“I truly adore this painting. It is my favorite piece, and that’s saying a lot because you know we have some good artwork. Can’t wait to always have a piece of Cincinnati with us as we move.” ~ Tegan

Now that’s saying a lot because they have a Leonid Afremov painting. One of my favorite artist for intense use of color.

The photo above is the painting hanging in the new owners home. Y0u can check out a high quality image of the painting here.

Cincinnati Brilliance | 30″ x 40″ acrylic on canvas

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Cincinnati Brilliance | Acrylic on Canvas

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This painting titled Cincinnati Brilliance is a 30″ x 40″ acrylic on canvas painting by Jeff Johns and Colin Daugherty is now complete and proudly on display in the new owners home.

This is the second Cincinnati painting in this particular series based on this nighttime perspective view of the city. This piece was also inspired by a prior painting titled, Cincinnati in December which you can view here.

Cincinnati Brilliance | 30″ x 40″ acrylic on canvas

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