Author Topic: Shohin/Kifu Itoigawa Shimpaku  (Read 10232 times)

Chrisl

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Re: Shohin/Kifu Itoigawa Shimpaku
« Reply #30 on: August 30, 2012, 12:42 PM »
You mean back when it was an ugly slant? When the tree is in front of you, you do get the subtle bits and pieces of jins. I find that many of us Americans like thinner foliage to highlight jins, the balance and increased stability of the tree inits current form is much, much better.

No, not the first one. I agree it wasn't pretty lol. But for me I like the current foliage mass after Akio worked on it, but my eye is lead upward by the trunk and jins. Maybe you can see this up close, but a small Jin more visible on the apex would lead my eye all the way up the tree and then onward to the foliage. 
 

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Re: Shohin/Kifu Itoigawa Shimpaku
« Reply #31 on: August 31, 2012, 04:19 PM »
Hey Owen, John
 There is a pretty good chance I will be at kokufu (we call it cocopuffs) this year. I'm going with my teacher who is going there to help his teacher, Sakarai. I hope we can all meet up if I have had a chance to pick up my eyeballs up off the ground after they have shot out of my skull from seeing real Japanese show specimens for the first time.
 

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Re: Shohin/Kifu Itoigawa Shimpaku
« Reply #32 on: August 31, 2012, 04:57 PM »
Very cool, it will change your bonsai life. The trees are truly orders of magnitude better in person than on the printed page. John
 

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Re: Shohin/Kifu Itoigawa Shimpaku
« Reply #33 on: February 23, 2014, 09:15 PM »
One more repot and continued development. Moreshohon, I think.
 

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Re: Shohin/Kifu Itoigawa Shimpaku
« Reply #34 on: March 05, 2014, 03:39 PM »
Wow, that is nice. Inspiring.

Early in this thread, you said you did not want a slant style, and I was tempted to ask "Why not exploit what the tree seems to want to do?", but as this 2014 photo shows, you did not turn it into a bolt upright, there is beautiful movement to the right, a slight slant, but beautiful flow and movement. Well done.

About the jins. I am certain the jins are easier to see, and have more visual impact in person. There is subtly in the way they are partially obscured by foliage. Well done.

Now I need to look at some of my rough stock and see if I can apply anything I've learned from this post and the excellent links in it.