Thursday, March 27, 2014

Japanese yew #2 redesigned

Japanese yew, Taxus cuspidata, imported from Japan in 2013. I acquired the tree in may 2013 and started to redesign immediately. I somehow felt that it was a good tree, but not really great. to me it was too nice, too symmetrical, too much man-made, too much bonsai and too little tree, too little soul, more form than soul, too traditional. Anyway I decided recently to drastically change the style: rotate the tree one hour clockwise, tilt it 10° to the left, cut out a few branches so one can see the interesting trunk and deadwood, cut some long branches on the right, bring down the right main branch and make a move to the left, on the left everything long, new pot. The result is clearly a different tree, a tree which does not want to be a standard bonsai, more of a tree then a bonsai, it is in the Fairy Tale Bonsai Style. The new pot is by Walter Venne form Germany. When I showed this work on the German Forum I got the remarks that the tree was great, but the pot was not liked - it 'looks like a rusty iron box'. my response was 'good description, that's exactly what it is supposed to look like. We might get used to it.'



Anonymous said...

This is a wonderful tree and the pot is exquisite!


Anonymous said...

WP, Very nice tree and pot (I already got used to it). Still think their is more drama hidden in this tree - still too triangular and nice in my opinion. Maybe the potential of the deadwood could be used more dramatically by changing the front and getting rid of more branches - but Again - a tree does not always have to have a front does it?!
Take care //Ken