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″

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St. Xavier Church | Cincinnati, Wedding Day

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

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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

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Lake Point Tower | Chicago Skyline

Lake Point Tower, Chicago Skyline Painting

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.

If you’d like to see the original painting that inspired this latest work of art click here. Or to check out the original photos from our trip to Chicago back in March of 2012.

Lake Point Tower, Chicago Skyline | 24″ x 48″ acrylic on canvas by Jeff Johns and Colin Daugherty

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Sisterly Love, Amsterdam

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

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Recent Testimonial from our latest Cincinnati Skyline Painting

CincinnatiSkyline_TestimonialIt feels great to finish a painting, especially when you receive a testimonial like the one below. Just received the feedback after delivering this painting of the Cincinnati skyline.

“We are absolutely pleased and enlightened with the beauty of the Roebling Bridge and the Cincinnati Skyline that is brought to life In this original acrylic painting by Jeff Johns and Colin Daugherty. Captured in vivid color and detail, a date stamp for this night has been created in this one of a kind painting. This artistic work is the focal point of our renovated condo on the Ohio River. We, and guests, will enjoy exploring this work for many years to come.”

~ Jeff & Melanie Arnold

 

Cincinnati Skyline | A View from Riverside Terrace 30″ x 48″ acrylic on canvas by Jeff Johns and Colin Daugherty

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To see our full portfolio of Cincinnati Skyline paintings and more click here. 

 

 

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.

 

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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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