Painting now on display at Seed Strategy

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This Cincinnati painting is now on display at Seed Strategy, Inc.

Great American Ballpark at Night | 48″ x 60″ acrylic on canvas by Jeff Johns and Colin Daugherty. Image reference by Steve Ziegelmeyer

 

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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 

St. Xavier, Cincinnati

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This painting was commissioned by a couple married in this church, St. Xavier. To make this painting even more special, we worked the hands of the clock to the time they were married we also added the bride and grooms names and wedding date to the painting.

Here’s the final capture on this commission painting titled, St. Xavier, Cincinnati | 30″ x 48″ Acrylic on Canvas by Jeff Johns and Colin Daugherty, JJCDcollaborations

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Communication Arts Entries | 2015

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Here are three Cincinnati Skyline pieces from 2015 that I am trying to get published in the Communication Arts Illustration Annual. So, fingers-crossed. I’ll find out more in a few months so stay tuned.

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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.

 

Jeffery J.com | 2015 Year in Review

Great clients. Great art. Great year.

Here’s a look at how JefferyJ.com did this year. Be sure to visit again and check out some exciting new commission paintings of the beautiful Cincinnati skyline. Cheers, Jeff

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Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 10,000 times in 2015. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 4 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

Bluffs View of the Cincinnati Skyline

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So exciting! Just sold this painting of Cincinnati we did back in 2011! Bluffs View of the Cincinnati Skyline | 24″ x 48″ acrylic on canvas by Jeff Johns and Colin Daugherty, JJCD Collaborations

This painting is titled Bluffs View Cincinnati Skyline because the view is nestled up in The Bluffs, this lovely little neighborhood nestled up on a hill in Park Hills, Kentucky.

You can check out more cityscape paintings here. 

Bluffs View of the Cincinnati Skyline | 24″ x 48″ Acrylic on Canvas by Jeff Johns and Colin Daugherty (2011) 

Kentucky Thoroughbreds


KentuckyThoroughbredsThe final capture of the commissioned horse racing painting titled, Kentucky Thoroughbreds. The piece is a monster with a final canvas size of 79″ x 55″. The best part about doing a commissioned painting is seeing the look on the new owners faces when they see it for the first time. They absolutely loved it and the piece looks just perfect in it’s new home.

Kentucky Thoroughbreds | 79″ x 55″ acrylic on canvas by Jeff Johns and Colin Daugherty, JJCD Collaborations™

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

Sacred View of Cincinnati

Sacred View of CincinnatiHere’s the latest Cincinnati painting titled, Sacred View of Cincinnati. This is one of the more complex views we’ve done of the city. It’s getting close, so stay tuned on the progress. This commissioned piece is being done for a close friend I’ve known for many years. Can’t wait to see it hanging on his wall.

Sacred View of Cincinnati | 30″ x 40″ acrylic on canvas by Jeff Johns and Colin Daugherty, JJCD Collaborations 

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

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Artwork on display at Valley Wine and Spirits

Art getting hung on the walls of Valley Wine and Spirits in the Edgewood and Ft. Wright locations.1239788_10201285450196413_1637659176_n-1 1374078_10201285451436444_2114167261_n 1378738_10201285451236439_1767900327_n 1379867_10201285450916431_271504021_n 1377241_10201285450596423_36812521_n 1176112_10201285450356417_2134982176_n

In Flight ~ Red-Tailed Hawk

Here’s the first capture of the painting titled, “In Fight ~ Red-Tailed Hawk,” by the duo of Cincinnati-based fine artists Jeff Johns and Colin Daugherty, who coined the name JJCD Collaborations™ since their first masterpiece of the Cincinnati skyline years ago. “We’re really looking to capture the essence of this soaring hawk on a canvas that’s nearly as big as me,” says Daugherty.

Stay tuned and enjoy the progress.

In Flight ~ Red-Tailed Hawk  | 70″ x 40″ Acrylic on Canvas ©JJCD Collaborations

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Capturing Phase_2 of, “In Flight, Red-Tailed Hawk painting by fine artists, Jeff Johns and Colin Daugherty

Capturing Phase_3 of, “In Flight, Red-Tailed Hawk painting by fine artists, Jeff Johns and Colin Daugherty

Capturing Phase_3 of, “In Flight, Red-Tailed Hawk painting by fine artists, Jeff Johns and Colin Daugherty

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