Delta Mural | Great American Ballpark at Night

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Excited to announce that we’ve landed an entirely new painting commission from Delta Airlines. We will be painting a Cincinnati Skyline landscape onto the walls of the CVG Customer Engagement Center in downtown Cincinnati. This 22 feet wide long wall is over 9 feet tall and will be covered with paint from floor to ceiling depicting the beautiful city of Cincinnati and magical waters of the Ohio River.

We are honored and privileged to leverage the image rights from Steve Ziegelmeyer, at Ziegelmeyer photography to use his original photograph which has already inspired several painting renditions of this scene and will be integral in crafting this mural for Delta. To see our other paintings inspired by this photography, click here for the first one, and here for the second.

Throughout the Delta mural selection process we worked up sever digital compositions of what the wall could look like with our paintings in place. Below are a few which were shared in the early rounds of the selection process. We also worked up images that included the tristate, and even versions with airplanes flying over the city which are not indicated below. In the end the painting above was selected as the inspiration to drive this mural.

 

The Cincinnati paintings included in the digital comps leveraged following paintings of the Queen City by Jeff Johns and Colin Daugherty and can be seen here. Great American Ballpark at NightCincinnati in July, Under the Suspension Three, Cincinnati Skyline and Bluffs View of the Cincinnati Skyline,

This piece will be titled, Delta, Great American Ball Park at Night | 255″ x 115″ acrylic and mixed medium on wall. Start date is August 25th. Stay tuned for progress.

If you’re interested in commissioning your own masterpiece call Jeff Johns today. 859.630.9657. Click here for the contact page.

 

 

Flying Pig, Cincinnati

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Here’s one of the latest commission paintings of Cincinnati we’ve been rocking. This painting in particular was commissioned by a local running enthusiast. If you haven’t heard of the Flying Pig Marathon it’s actually been around for over twenty years and is powered by P&G. To learn more about the marathon click here.

In this painting we really aimed to hero the pig over the beloved Cincinnati skyline. A nice rendition of the skyline with the Great American building in the foreground as the pig spreads it’s wings and soars over this amazing city.

Flying Pig Cincinnati | 15″ x 30″ acrylic on canvas by Jeff Johns and Colin Daugherty

If you’re interested in commissioning your own masterpiece call Jeff Johns today. 859.630.9657. Click here for the contact page.

Fountain Square Cincinnati

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Here’s another painting of a Cincinnati icon. Excited to share this final capture of the painting titled, Fountain Square Cincinnati |  24″ x 52″ acrylic on canvas by Jeff Johns and Colin Daugherty.

To learn more about the process of capturing the reference visual that inspired this painting click here.

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If you’re interested in commissioning your own masterpiece call Jeff Johns today. 859.630.9657. Click here for the contact page.

Music Hall

MusicHall_Hero_smallThis piece is finally complete and has to be one the first paintings of Music Hall that captures the entirely new facade. A few features include newly reopened windows and elaborate painted black bricks that accent the red bricks on the building. Really great work to the teams at Messer, PWWG and 3CDC and the rest of the project team for bringing to life the new face of Music Hall which was such an inspiration to paint.

It was an honor for myself and Colin to paint this key icon in the city of Cincinnati since 1876. This is our second painting of Music Hall, click here to see the first which captured the Lumenocity event from a few years back.

Music Hall | 11″ x 14″ acrylic on canvas by Jeff Johns & Colin Daugherty

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If you’re interested in commissioning your own masterpiece call Jeff Johns today. 859.630.9657. Click here for the contact page.

OTR, Cincinnati

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Here’s my latest painting of Cincinnati. This one is a little bit different as my focus isn’t on the skyline, but a city street in the beautiful city. I wanted to capture OTR in this bold, impressionistic style. There’s a lot of energy downtown now, especially in this area, and wanted to bring that to life with a brush and some paints.

OTR Cincinnati | 36″ x 36″ acrylic on canvas by Jeff Johns

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If you’re interested in commissioning your own masterpiece call Jeff Johns today. 859.630.9657. Click here for the contact page.

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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If you’re interested in commissioning your own masterpiece call Jeff Johns today. 859.630.9657. Click here for the contact page.

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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If you’re interested in commissioning your own masterpiece call Jeff Johns today. 859.630.9657. Click here for the contact page.

“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

You can follow Jeff Johns on FacebookTwitterInstagram and Google+

If you’re interested in commissioning your own masterpiece call Jeff Johns today. 859.630.9657. Click here for the contact page.

“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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If you’re interested in commissioning your own masterpiece call Jeff Johns today. 859.630.9657. Click here for the contact page.