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Adair M

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Re: Just back from Bonsai Mirai
« Reply #15 on: September 02, 2014, 03:18 PM »
Were those winter pictures?
 

Chrisl

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Re: Just back from Bonsai Mirai
« Reply #16 on: September 02, 2014, 03:54 PM »
Yes, Jan.
 

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Re: Just back from Bonsai Mirai
« Reply #17 on: October 09, 2014, 12:10 PM »
I finished yr 1 of my Juniper training!  We continued on, and greatly expanded on basic bonsai design, and structural wiring this weekend.  It's amazing how I can now identify the crux of good design and how to apply it to indiv. trees.  Ryan also surprisingly was very encouraging when he said I greatly improved my wiring skills since July.  I had to rewire only a few wires comp. to the rest of the group having to rewire like 10X.  Finally, I feel that the work I've been putting into my trees, cleaning, live vein and dw work, and wiring is finally paying off.  In dividends at that. 

The only problem now is I'm going to have to restyle sev. trees that lack any design concept:  Paying attention to the base, movement and apex location to determine design and branch placement.  Better late than never eh?

Come Jan, I'll only be working on yamadori.  I planned to purchase a really nice RMJ with a flat fin dw aspect and twisting trunk.  But I couldn't find 'just the right one'.  So I'll be looking again in Jan for a tree I love, and that I'll work on at his place the next 2 yrs. 

And no, no pics.  I've been there what...5x?  So I'm kinda used to his beautiful garden.  Plus, he keeps us busy the entire time we're there.  But, now that I have a more critical eye (we spent the last 2 hrs sunday critiquing his trees, incl himself), I think I'll be bringing my Canon with me next yr to photograph trees that I like and understand, and would like to emulate the branch structure.

Later
Chris
 

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Re: Just back from Bonsai Mirai
« Reply #18 on: October 09, 2014, 02:40 PM »
Good for you, I can only imagine how much you learn just seeing such great bonsai and being able to work on them. Some incredible material in his garden from the pictures I have seen.
 

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Re: Just back from Bonsai Mirai
« Reply #19 on: October 09, 2014, 05:09 PM »
It's amazing how the learning process of these types of classes works, isn't it?

I'll be starting my third year at Boon's later this month.
 

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Re: Just back from Bonsai Mirai
« Reply #20 on: October 09, 2014, 07:59 PM »
Thanks, Tom right?

And absolutely Adair!  Just 3 weekends, but I feel like it's been 3 yrs.  Having a structured lecture followed by practical implementation by someone you trust is an incred. experience.  I've spoken with sev. advanced students who felt they learned more and progressed more each yr...which I see, but hard to comprehend given how much I've already learned and progressed ;)
 

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Re: Just back from Bonsai Mirai
« Reply #21 on: October 09, 2014, 08:20 PM »
Nice Chris,

I finished up my first year at Ryan's also recently, and am signed up for year two.
Love the intensive style classes, it's amazing how much you learn doing them.

JE
 

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Re: Just back from Bonsai Mirai
« Reply #22 on: October 10, 2014, 10:32 AM »
Congrats Jason!  I feel SO fortunate to be able to do this at this point in my life!  Are you taking the juni or pine sessions?  I'm up for yr 2 Juni/second timing option.  Wondering whom I'm going to be working with next yr. ;)

Edit:  Never mind, I just saw a pic of you, Ryan and your awesome Co. Spruce.  (he just mentioned fb to me this weekend so it's the first time I've looked there).  Man Jason, what a beautiful tree to begin with, and a fabulous styling job.  Nicely done harmonious tree ;))

And here are some great pics at Ryan's done by Mark Fields:
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10204623282287872&set=pcb.10204623306568479&type=1&theater
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Re: Just back from Bonsai Mirai
« Reply #23 on: October 10, 2014, 08:52 PM »
Cool I didn't realize he posted that on fb, was pretty proud when he wanted to shoot it in the studio and put it in the gallery though.

Definitely exited for next year.

JE
 

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Re: Just back from Bonsai Mirai
« Reply #24 on: October 11, 2014, 11:58 AM »
And rightly so.  It's also pretty remarkable how very small adjustments can make or break a composition.  He talked to us about a tree that wasn't designed 'perfectly' for a couple yrs.  Just sat there.  He re did the styling, and it sold that week.  Perfect example. 

And speaking of the studio, boy, Ryan has done one hell of a job even since last Jan...we even have in indoor toilet now! lol  Seriously though, the photo room and the students storage area in the studio have really come along.  We did have one major catastrophe though, the coffee machine broke ;)

And that makes two of us super excited about next yr.  I told Ryan it would be fun say in a yr or two to have a huge party at his place of students and former students.  I tried to plant the seed..

Maybe we can meet one day Jason ;)
Chris