Monday, 17 June 2013

I've decided to take a leave-of-absence from ornamental painting

For the past seventeen years, I have been a decorative painter/ faux painter for interior designers and private home-owners. Recently, I made a decision to take a leave of absence from the painting world I've known to direct all of my creative energy into painting canvases inside the studio full-time. I thoroughly enjoyed the work that I've done during those seventeen years, but I've decided to step away, just for a little while, to play around with abstract canvases. 

Last year I spent ten months painting three ornamental ceilings in the grotesque style (a portion of one of the ceilings I painted is pictured below).

Below, you can see me painting a portion of one of the other ceilings. 

Below, another of the three ceilings I designed and painted in 2012.

After this particular job finished up, I had enough funds in my savings to set aside time to experiment in the studio creating abstract art full time (just to see how it felt). I have always painted abstract canvases for my own pleasure. Most of my friends have at least one painting that I have needed to find a home for once I ran out of wall space at my own home. It has been so fulfilling to be able to make a living painting for so long now. But I've always been curious as to what it would be like to paint abstract canvases full-time, and now I have the opportunity to discover if it is how I think it would be.
So, this is how I came to the decision to dedicate myself to canvas art. This is my first time blogging and I thought it a good idea to share the journey to wherever painting goes for me from this point forward. 
I don't believe I'll ever leave ornamental work completely, but 
let's just see what happens, shall we?

You can see more of my past decorative painting work here. 
See Jeff's decorative painting work on Pinterest


  1. Those are beautiful images and painting Jeff! WOW!
    Good luck with this endeavour!
    Have you thought about painting on canvas and then adhering to the ceiling or walls?

  2. Hi, Lori. Thanks for commenting.
    I have worked that way before (and it is great). Unfortunately, due to budgets, clients seldom could afford the extras like installation fee, removing texture before installation (then repairing the area to make it smooth for the canvas. The canvas jobs I did do were heaven and I actually gave them a lot more detail and finesse because of working on it in the studio. You can see some of them here:

    Thanks again for the well-wishes!

  3. Ha- I Knew that ceiling job would get to you!
    Yet I believe that things happen perfectly---and now you are transforming into a new stage of your art career-
    AND you FINALLY started a blog!

    1. Yes, Lyna! It got to me REALLY well. Thanks for your inspiration of blogging. Change comes; I embrace it.

  4. Hi Jeff,
    It was only a couple of months ago (or so) that I tripped into your website through browsing on the Pininterest site; Jeff, your work took my breath away I bookmarked your site so I could visit and browse again and again, It was only tonight, that it came to my attention you had taken the site off the web....I had wanted to email you from the outset to say how sensational your work is - but I thought naaahh dont bother the man... Jeff, May you taste the sweet in every living day of your new artistic journey. thank you for the splendid artistic eye candy.
    Cheers from Patti (Sydney,Australia)

    1. Thank you for taking the time to comment, Patti. What a sweet way to begin my day!
      I really appreciate your well wishes so very much. I'm sure that I will paint more decorative ornament in the future (on a smaller scale), but my heart is elsewhere currently. Where the heart leads, we must follow!!
      Warmest regards, Patti.

  5. These paintings are very grand and epic. They really transform a wall.

    1. Thank you, Shelley! Yes, they certainly can transform a space!!

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  7. Your work is amazing!!! It takes so my much of patience to do this kind of detail. The paintings are oozing with the long experience that you have. They totally give a new dimension to a bare wall / ceiling / small corners and niches, like they have a story of their own.
    I must say your work is very inspiring, and thank you for keeping such an art alive in this period of digital world.

    Warm Regards,
    Sonal Kaur

  8. Jeff,

    i love the solar galaxy ceiling painting you did. can we talk about that for my son's room?