Today we conclude Groin Ceiling Week and it makes me a bit sad to see it end — they are such a joy for me to put together! If you ever want to continue finding gorgeous pics of groin ceilings, just use Google Images — for instance, it brought up these for me when I typed in “rib vault groin”. Flickr also has wonderful images in a searchable database. Speaking of wonderful images, we have Jeff Huckaby of Jeff Huckaby Special Painting to close out Groin Ceiling Week. He’s previously been profiled by CNN and today shares two groin ceiling projects with us.
Jeff Huckaby is a decorative painter in the truest sense of the word. He first creates maquettes
for his clients to approve. Then, using the small-scale drawings as a guide, the work will either be done straight onto the surface or on a canvas painted in his studio
to be installed later on site. He primarily freehands the designs but also uses custom-cut stencils to help establish the pattern. Today, we showcase his work on two groin ceiling projects. “These three groin vaults were for a client of my friend, Algieri Pabon, and it was a spec house
in the Palm Beach Gardens, FL area,” says Jeff of the first project.
He continues, “I was still figuring out a lot of things about decorative painting in 2006, coincidentally, I still am in 2011! One thing that mystified me, at the time, was how to get a “fauxed look” behind the basic lines of the design. I was scared beyond reason to paint on top of a faux painted surface back then. So when it came time to paint the design on to the groins, I did it in a very labor intensive way. I can’t imagine doing this now, but, then, it made perfect sense to me. I spent 4 days painting masking fluid over the basic neutral colored lines of the design that I had already painted and added shadow to. 4 DAYS? What was I thinking?
Anyway, after the lines were masked, I could then do the red and green fauxed colored backgrounds and then pull off the masking fluid. The end, at the time, justified the means. But I’m glad I’m a bit more brave now…and wise!
The second project was located in Palm Coast, Florida.
The theme? Palms! The pic below shows the adjacent hall ceiling, which Jeff also painted to accompany the groin.
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Jeff’s work is incredible and he never ceases to amaze me. Please do look over his company website since there’s much goodness to find there — I know you’ll enjoy it! THANK YOU, dear Readers, for coming along with me on Groin Ceiling Week! I hope it was fun and informative. An extra special thank you to all the artists who submitted their work. I truly wish I could have included everyone — but there is always the next week-long series! Have a wonderful weekend!
Day 1 – Groin Ceiling Week: Ann Onusko
Day 2 – Groin Ceiling Week: Modello Designs
Day 3 – Groin Ceiling Week: Krista Vind
Day 4 – Groin Ceiling Week: Nathalie Nielsen
Day 5 – Current Post