Garden Art – Moss Man


Create your own Moss Garden Art –

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When the gardens are planted and crops are starting to be harvested it time to turn your attention to the “fun” aspects of gardening. Garden art falls readily into this category. How about creating a moss landscape rock or garden statue?

Moss will make certain garden elements look and feel aged and as if they have been part of the landscape for years. Moss also adds tranquility to any shade garden. The trouble with garden moss though, is that sometimes it may not even grow at all on its own. And if it does, it may take a very long time to become established.

Here is an easy way to accelerate and establish a beautiful green moss cover for your garden rocks and concrete features. This project is a favorite of children and will encourage their interest in gardening, landscaping and nature.

This method doesn’t work well on resin statues and artificial landscape rocks. I have found natural items, old item with cracks and crevices and stone or cement work the best. Wood will also work but the moss will retain moisture causing the piece to deteriorate quicker.

To create a moss garden piece or sculptures stir a fist size clump of porcelain clay into three cups of water to form a thin paste. You can harvest clay from nature but purchasing porcelain clay from a local hobby shop can be easier.

Combine the clay mixture with one cup of undiluted fish emulsion and one cup of fresh, shredded moss. Fish emulsion is a plant fertilizer made from whole fish. It’s usually available at retail nurseries and garden centers. (I also use fish emulsion as a liquid fertilizer in the gardens and on houseplants.)

Mix the clay, fish emulsion and shredded moss together in an old bowl or pan. Next paint it on your rocks, sculpture or concrete objects with an old paintbrush. Place your mossed garden art in your yard or garden and keep the piece lightly moist by misting it. Take care not to wash the mixture off while the moss mix is rooting and starting to grow.

Moss grows naturally in patches, likes the North side of objects, and takes readily to cracks and crevices. It will prefer a shady area, rock gardens or shade gardens.



If you use this moss formula in shady gardens and in moist locations you will probably have moss on your garden statues and landscape rocks in a few weeks.

Add a few annual flowers near the moss art and you will have an instant focal point in your gardens and backyard –

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Gestural & Drawing Practice for the Artist

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Life Drawing – A. Pistrucci

Gestural Drawing Practice for the Artist
Click link above for drawing practice at

I am a huge fan of artists drawing from life – I believe the practice inspires and builds artistic skill like no other. Saying that I find most artists today really struggle with finding the time to attend a figure drawing session in their local area. If you are an artist that is struggling with time and  just cannot fit it into your schedule the answer is HERE:! There is a site built just for you! AND it is great for working on your style, gestures, great tips and techniques as well as lots of different drawing examples. You can draw hands, feet, facial expression, nude figures, clothed figures and animals. The page is designed similar to a figure drawing session with timed subjects in different intervals of your choice 30second, 1 minute , 2 minute, 5-10 and so on! You have no idea how excited I was to discover that I could replace all that wasted facebook time with and really improve my drawing skills at the same time!!!!


Figurative life drawing with Kaye Smillie, Anne Jarvis and Sharron Campbell


Happy drawing Everyone!


Here is some life drawings from some amazing Artists from Vancouver Island BC showing a variety of different styles –


Gesture drawing by Peter Loebel artist Victoria BC Canada

You can view his work here:

Figurative Life Drawing by Kaye Smillie Vancouver Island Artist
Contact Kaye at her email for life drawing workshops

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Another amazing Vancouver Island Artist is Anne Jarvis

You can view her blog here:

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The Art of Classical details by Phillip Dodd


The Art of Classical details by Phillip Dodd

“In keeping with Artisanal Specs.’ love for and focus on the artisans, trades and specialty craftspeople that work thoroughly alongside architects, designers and builders to bring design to life, there is good reason we were so excited to cover The Art of Classical Details. Unlike many of the other wonderful books out on design, from the perspective of architecture, Phillip has worked with tender and extensive care to curate a publication that tells the story of contemporary classical architecture and design from the in-depth and multifaceted viewpoints of architects, designers, artists (himself), scholars and artisans and craftspeople; an opportune and rich perspective we do not often get to hear. With his own craftsman-like precision, Phillip has carved out a space to facilitate a discourse on design from an elevated and uniquely all- inclusive point of view. He brings to the table a pallet of voices that paint a larger picture of how and why it is worth carrying out the principles and practices of classical architecture in the modern world.” Alanna Bailey of Artisanal Specs Blog


Pistrucci Artworks -Attention to detail-

Pistrucci Artworks -Attention to detail-

Benedetto Pistrucci Waterloo medal detail

Benedetto Pistrucci
Waterloo medal detail


Small Dome with Frize Anyone would love to have a ceiling inspired with architectural details in their living room!

Small Dome with Frize
Anyone would love to have a ceiling inspired with architectural details in their living room!


Classical Architecture

Classical Architecture


A craftsman at work

A craftsman at work – pictured from the book Classical details


An Interior, with Dome circa 1810-27 by Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775-1851

An Interior, with Dome circa 1810-27 by Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775-1851

The Craftmanship of detail

The Craftmanship of detail