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Impasto Limoso

In 1992 I was repairing some cracks in a plaster ceiling, a calling card of the 1989 Loma Prieta Earthquake. After patching those cracks and texturing the ceiling, prior to painting, I suddenly saw art in the patchwork variations of five yellows and off whites. I thought what if I added pigment to sheetrock mud and did multiple layers of skip troweling so I had color behind color? Hmmm. Two years later I gave the technique a try. The first piece wasn't particularly stunning but there was just enough potentially interesting about the idea that I persisted. That was true of the first seven pieces. On #8 I hit pay dirt. I decided to add an element of 'realism' to the background and delving into my bag of stupid came up with Punkasaurus Rex.

The flush of pleasure I enjoyed after making that piece lasted for several weeks and I was hooked on sheetrock mud as a creative medium. As time went on I developed all sorts of techniques and the work became rather sophisticated. A good friend happens to be a distributer of beautiful custom frames for artwork and I was able to trade labor for frames that I never would have been able to afford. He suggested that I coin a term for this 'new' style of art. As he pointed out, pigmented sheetrock mud doesn't have much mystery and art is all about mystery. I'm not sure I bought into that assertion but as a laugh I decided to make up a name for the work.

I was using heavily textured material and using trowels and palette knives for the work so obviously I was already into the realm of impasto. All I needed was an Italian word for 'mud' to go with it and I was all set. Sure enough, an Italian-English dictionary had the word limoso, an adjective for mud. Aahhh, that had a truly artsy ring to it. Impasto Limoso. Impasto Limoso. I completed 115 pieces in five years. Here are thirty of my favorites. As always, clicking/tapping on the thumbnail will display the full size image. Clicking on the X or anywhere outside the image dismiss it.

8-PunkasaurusRex-thumb

8 Punkasaurus Rex

52.5" W x 34.5" H

21-Fido-Thumb

21 Fido

37.5" W x 49.5" H

29-BlahBlah-thumb

29 Blah Blah Blah Blah

39" W x 27" H

32 The Bug King & Jr-thumb

32 The Bug King & Jr.

30.5" W x 34.75" H

36 Pfui Revisited-thumb

36 Pfui Revisited

38.25" W x 54.25" H

55 An Unusual Mutation-thumb

55 An Unusual Mutation

38.75" W x 54.75" H

61 A Cappella-thumb

61 A Cappella

52" W x 36" H

63 Drip Drop-thumb

63 Drip Drop

27.5"W x 27.25" H

66 The Composer-thumb

66 The Composer

52" W x 40" H

67 Three Dimensions

67 Three Dimensions

27.25" W x 35.25" H

74 Fall II

74 Fall II

39.25" W x 27.25" H

72 The First Chile

72 The First Chile

27.5" W x 39.25" H

75 Black Sun

75 Black Sun

27" W x 35" H

79 Legend of the Peace Eagle

79 Legend of the Peace Eagle

54.5" W x 42" H

80 Peeling Wallpaper

80 Peeling Wallpaper

27.5" W x 37.5" H

81 The Gothics

81 The Gothics

40" W x 52" H

95 Duet

95 Duet

17.5"W x 14.25H

93 The Carrot and The Stick

93 The Carrot and The Stick

14.5"W x 17.25H

97 Primary Balloons

97 Primary Balloons

27.25" W x 31.25" H

96 A Fold In Space

96 A Fold In Space

17.25"W x 14.5"H

100 God's Eye Lizard

100 God's Eye Lizard

14.5" W x 17.25" H

101 Impasto Limoso, Step By Step

101 Impasto Limoso, Step By Step

35.5" W x 27.5" H

102 Therefore I Am

102 Therefore I Am

14.5" W x 17.25" H

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103 Singin' The Blues

17" W x 14.25" H

104 Book of Frogs

104 Book of Frogs

33.25" W x 27.25" H

106 Once Upon A Fence

106 Once Upon A Fence

32.5" W x 24.5" H

109 2.75D

109 2.75D

30.5" W x 24.5" H

114 Chutzpah Rising

114 Chutzpah Rising

38.25" W x 44.25" H

111 Ladybug Hiding

111 Ladybug Hiding

21" W x 21" H

115 The Fabulous Frogs

115 The Fabulous Frogs

40.25" W x 50" H