Brice’s Beautiful Botanicals

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

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Farm Town on Rolling Hills, Italy

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

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VINYL SERIES | Collection of Some of the Greatest Albums on Canvas

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.

Here's a digital render to show how the paintings will look in their home.

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″

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

FallDance | Acrylic on Canvas

Excited to share that our final commissioned painting of 2020 is now complete. This piece was an absolute joy to bring to life with all the bold hits of Fall color dancing in the trees. With bold strokes and vivid color we worked hard to capture the moment of these two siblings dancing leaves on a forest walk.

Really looking forward to our client seeing this work of art in person for the very first time.

FallDance | 30″ x 40″ 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.

Sold! Brush Limbaugh

71344264_10217298261066677_1279370993978048512_oExcited to share that this painting titled, Brush Limbaugh has officially been sold.

This piece from 2011 kind of just happened as was painting all the time and decided to adhere a paint brush to canvas, once I had that I needed to solve what to make the painting. An amazing pun then occurred to me… Brush Limbaugh. From there it was my mission to create this painting. My end goal was to sell this piece to Rush Limbaugh for $10,000. That never happened but I am happy to share that I was recently able to trade Toby Hogan, a house painter this piece for painting our entire basement.

Brush Limbaugh | 16” x 24” mixed media on canvas by Jeff Johns

Click here to see the original post from 2010.

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

Strength, Honor and Stability, The Elephant

Elephant_final_smlExcited to share the final capture of this triptych of an elephant. The neat thing about this lies in the true symbol of an elephant. For me, this creature has always been an icon for strength, honor and stability. So, I decided to name each of the canvases in that order. The first will be strength, the second honor and third stability. When put together roughly 3″ apart they will make the elephant.

Strength, Honor and Stability, The Elephant | Triptych on 3 Canvases, Mixed Medium by Jeff Johns

Canvas 1_ Strength

Canvas 2_ Honor

Canvas 3_ Stability

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Unexpected Asterisk | CPSI

UnexpectedAsteriskSay hello to my latest painting. This piece was inspired by the upcoming creativity conference by the Creative Education Foundation, CPSI. Known as the Creative Problem Solving Institute. The conference takes place this June and prides itself on creative solutions for complex business issues, helping professionals like you move ideas into action. One of the sponsors of this conference is Seed Strategy, Inc. where I work as SVP, Creative. This connection along with my passion as a fine artist lead to this outstanding opportunity to design, craft a painting and ultimately be facilitating a live community art project during the event!

During the process I had great time bringing this simple symbol we use and see all the time to life. The asterisk is a symbol that basically says something was omitted from the text. I wanted to celebrate that symbol and bring a whole new energy to it.

Unexpected Asterisk | 24″ x 24″ acrylic on canvas by Jeff Johns

While working several designs for how the asterisk could come to life, here’s one example of it in a lanyard card design for the 2019 event.

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If you’re looking to attend a creativity conference this year, be sure to check out CPSI. Also, be sure to check out this list by Seed Strategy of the top creativity conferences of 2019.

 

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

Strength, Honor and Stability, The Elephant | Triptych on 3 Canvases

Excited to share the first commissioned painting of the year. This will be a triptych-style painting of an elephant standing tall and proud. It will be all in neutral tones, thinking of adding some crackle like texture and silver metallic paints to give it some pop. Stay tuned so you can see this elegant beast come to life.

Now, I’ll get into how we landed on this subject but first wanted to mention this contraption that I built to allow work on the 3 canvases at a time. It was simply a nice piece of plywood then anchored the canvases in place with some cut blocks and it was complete. Ready to start the painting.

Here’s a little more background behind the painting. This piece started with the need to showcase an original painting in the entry this beautiful home. After visiting the home and seeing and really studying the space, it was apparent that a triptych would be perfect. But not just the same size canvas either. While looking the same size canvas it didn’t have the pop os something unexpected. It was then time to leverage some design chops with an effort to further optimize the space. We then began an iterative process first focused on canvas design, once we aligned to that both subjects, composition and canvas design. The use of the canvas in the middle being tall took your eye up to the ceiling and down to the floor. Really optimizing the wall space for the entry. Once the panting is finished and hanging in its new home I’ll be sure to share.

Strength, Honor and Stability, The Elephant | Acrylic + Mixed Medium Triptych on 3 Canvases by Jeff Johns

Canvas 1_ Strength

Canvas 2_ Honor

Canvas 3_ Stability

Here’s a closer look at the contraption I built. Stay tuned, more to come.

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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.

City of Cincinnati to use Jeff Johns Roebling Bridge painting

0Some exciting news. The City of Cincinnati will be using my painting of the Roebling Bridge, titled, Golden Evening Suspension as the cover of their Budget in Brief documents. This document will be used by city council to assist in determining legislation regarding spending. It will also be featured on the city’s official website. Here’s a sneak peak at the design leveraging my painting, keep in mind it’ll be updated for 2020. More to come!

Golden Evening Suspension | 24″ x 36″ Acrylic on Canvas by Jeff Johns

You can see the original post for this panting here. What makes this piece extra special is that the gift of art keeps on giving, I actually sold it to longtime friend and colleague where it proudly is on display in his home, and now will live on in print and digital forms for the City of Cincinnati.

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

Flying Pig Over Covington, Kentucky

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Here’s one of the latest commission paintings 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 Covington Kentucky Skyline. A nice rendition of the skyline showcasing some renowned architecture in both the Ascent and the Roebling Bridge as in the foreground as the pig spreads its wings and soars over the other side of the Ohio River to Cincinnati.

Flying Pig over Covington, Kentucky | 48″ x 60″ 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.

Also featured in this painting is the Marriot River Center in Covington Kentucky as well as the Murals at the Covington Riverfront. You can read more about the Roebling Murals at the Covington Kentucky Waterfront here.