Say 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.
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.
Super excited to announce that this acrylic on canvas panting of the Roebling Bridge has now been sold.
After finishing this piece nearly five years ago, it’s appeared in a few gallery shows then due to it’s large size it spent most of the time in the studio as we enjoyed it while we worked on other paintings. Until about two months ago when Brad Wainscott owner of a new restaurant in Covington, Kentucky, Libby’s Southern Comfort reached out and asked if I had any artwork to display in his new space. After this painting of the Roebling Bridge proudly hung on the walls for just a round a month a woman came in for lunch and enjoyed some of the amazing goetta hushpuppies and also wanted this painting.
It’s always fun to see the final resting place of your artwork. Upon delivery of this painting I was able to help the owner up to their magnificent home overlooking the beautiful Cincinnati Skyline. It was like a dream come true to sit there and take in our beautiful city from the comfort of her home. Always inspired by the Cincinnati Skyline you can check out our entire portfolio of skyline paintings here.
This piece is rather large at 48″ x 90″ and took some time to complete and a fun history to it. Now notice all the texture in the background? There’s a story to that. This painting actually lived three lives. The first one it was the actual Frischs Big Boy holding his hand up, but instead of a burger he was holding the city of Cincinnati. Then decided to paint over that and we did the ivory towers of Procter and Gamble. It stayed like that for a while then we decided to paint the suspension bridge.
The Suspension Bridge, Roebling | 48″ x 90″ acrylic on canvas by Jeff Johns and Colin Daugherty
Here’s a few photos of the painting hanging at Libby’s Southern Comfort as well as a view from its new home. Enjoy!
Some 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.
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
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.
Here’s one last look at the mural for Delta Airlines. In this capture here I’ve focused on the heart of the painting and retouched out some of the outlets, thermostats, fire alarm devices and door opening objects from the piece. Just super thrilled with where the painting netted out and happy to have another capture of our beautiful city.
Delta Mural, Great American Ballpark at Night | 255” x 115” Mixed Media on Wall by Jeff Johns and Colin Daugherty
Click here to check out this Cincinnati Skyline mural painting for Delta on the actual wall of the CVG Customer Engagement Center. Also, here’s another post that shares captures even earlier in the process.
This mural painting for Delta Airlines is finally complete! The project was started in early August of 2018 is now proudly on display on the walls of the CVG Customer Engagement Center in downtown Cincinnati. The piece is 22 feet wide long wall is over 9 feet tall.
This piece is titled, Delta, Great American Ball Park at Night | 255″ x 115″ acrylic and mixed medium on wall by Jeff Johns and Colin Daugherty.
Here’s a great testimonial from our client at Delta.
“OMG, this mural looks amazing! The painting really completes the whole office. I am just so happy with the outcome and it’s exactly what I wanted.” MaryEllen ~ Delta
Here’s the final capture of his painting titled, Beautiful Columbus Ohio Skyline. It was really neat to work this painting as it captures everything we love to paint, from the reflections in the water to the architecture of the city. Even had the chance to work in some vibrant green grasses and trees into the portrait of this vibrant city.
This piece has been commissioned by a Janney, a leading full-service wealth management, financial services and investment banking firm to outfit their office expansion in Columbus Ohio. This series of paintings will depict the beautiful city of Columbus Ohio. This is part of a series of 3 Columbus themed paintings.
Beautiful Columbus Ohio Skyline | 36″ x 60″ acrylic on canvas by Jeff Johns and Colin Daugherty.
Here’s the final capture of his painting titled, Short North, Columbus Ohio. It was really neat to work this painting as I’ve had artwork just down the street in a gallery a few years back, then one day to paint the street scene that captured my heart was really inspiring.
This piece has been commissioned by a Janney, a leading full-service wealth management, financial services and investment banking firm to outfit their office expansion in Columbus Ohio. This series of paintings will depict the beautiful city of Columbus Ohio. This is part of a series of 3 Columbus themed paintings. Here’s the final capture of this street scene.
Short North Columbus Ohio | 36″ x 60″ acrylic on canvas by Jeff Johns and Colin Daugherty.
Excited to share the final capture of this painting of the St. Louis skyline. It was really fun to work this piece especially after recently visiting the beautiful city. We’re excited for the new owners to see it in person for the first time.
St. Louis Skyline | 36″ x 60″ acrylic on canvas by Jeff Johns and Colin Daugherty