Author Topic: Common Juniper - First styling, Comments & Suggestions requested  (Read 6310 times)

raydomz

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More specifically, this is a juniper that came from my local nursery by way of Dale Cochoy's collection and Mas Ishii's nursery before him.

It has sat idle for the past two years with only minor pruning having been done. I am glad to add it to my collection and help get it back on track. The first step was getting rid of the dead needles and trimming away small interior branches that have since died.

After a long holiday weekend I was able to eek out some time to finish up the clean up and styling of this little juniper.

I sat down with the tree the first day I got it, which was actually not the first time I had ever looked at the tree, and tried to make sense of the growth that had become leggy (a few key branches had become over 4" long.)
The ultimate goal, as you can see in the sketch is to bring that growth in over time to make a tighter crown. After wiring it I'm not sure that this will happen but we shall see.

One piece to note that is missing in this sketch is the bottom left branch.

Things are still very rough and a few small tweaks have been made since taking these photos but I am very happy with the direction and am looking forward to refining some areas as the tree continues to grow.

The hardest thing to manage on this tree seems to be the large foliage (although I do love the look of it, almost similar to a blue spruce in color and size.)

I forgot to mention the April Grigsby pot...it is the first pot of hers I own and the quality is incredible. That being said I'm hoping to get my hands on one of Dale's heavily textured pots for this next year.
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Re: Common Juniper - First styling, Comments & Suggestions requested
« Reply #1 on: September 04, 2014, 08:18 PM »
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Re: Common Juniper - First styling, Comments & Suggestions requested
« Reply #2 on: September 04, 2014, 08:29 PM »
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Re: Common Juniper - First styling, Comments & Suggestions requested
« Reply #3 on: September 05, 2014, 07:14 PM »
Hey Ray, nice to see you here.  I'm the last person to speak to junipers, as I'm primarily D trees.  I do very much like your sketch. 
 

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Re: Common Juniper - First styling, Comments & Suggestions requested
« Reply #4 on: September 05, 2014, 09:10 PM »
Hey Ray, nice to see you here.  I'm the last person to speak to junipers, as I'm primarily D trees.  I do very much like your sketch. 

Hey Judy, glad to be here. Thank you for the input. I keep small sketches of my trees in my sketchbook. This one I feel confident in taking to a realized state.
 

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Re: Common Juniper - First styling, Comments & Suggestions requested
« Reply #5 on: September 06, 2014, 07:00 AM »
Ray,

I kinda figured you would be working on junipers, as I reflected on the 1950's to 1960's cartoons, with the tree types being drawn. Lots of negative spaces, masses and as oil painters call them, patterns.

Yes, my brother-in-law [ Fine Artist trained in Florence, Italy - Studio Cecil-Graves ] also keeps a sketch of his trees, but the sketch usually arrives before the tree, since he uses seeds and cuttings. More line than mass.

I don't think the driftwood is needed, and may actually weaken your design if you try to grow out the bottom branch.
Not bothered by the needle size, and the tree feels elegant. Just needs to age.
Keep it healthy and thanks for showing, it's a pleasure to view.
Got any more?
Good Day
Anthony

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Re: Common Juniper - First styling, Comments & Suggestions requested
« Reply #6 on: September 09, 2014, 10:57 AM »
I don't have a lot of experience with junipers, but something about this little guy - and particularly in that pot - really, really speaks to me. Love this!
 

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Re: Common Juniper - First styling, Comments & Suggestions requested
« Reply #7 on: September 09, 2014, 10:27 PM »
I don't have a lot of experience with junipers, but something about this little guy - and particularly in that pot - really, really speaks to me. Love this!

Glad you enjoy it!
I've found myself having more and more of an interest in needle junipers and now that I've got one I have the itch for another.
 

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Re: Common Juniper - First styling, Comments & Suggestions requested
« Reply #8 on: October 15, 2014, 07:28 AM »
take cuttings! these root very easily :)

very nice design, whimsical and feminine :)

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Herman