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John Kirby

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Re: Book Review: "Vision of My Soul" by Robert Steven
« Reply #30 on: January 08, 2010, 02:59 PM »
To the use the old "Nakaism" that is always thrown around at club meetings and on bonsai sites (and you must say this solemnly) "Make your bonsai look like a tree not a bonsai", is this in the sense of "realism" as in painting (W. Homer for example) or Impressionistic (Monet, etc) or "abstract" or "cubist" (think of Picasso).

Tend to lean more to the abstraction and not the "photographic" interpretation of nature.

I have seen a lot of bonsai, and a lot of good ones, and I have never believed that Iw as looking at a tree in nature, however, elements of the "design" have given me a strong impression of a natural tree (or forest.....). I guess this is that darn craft vs art debate again.......

Any thoughts?


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Re: Book Review: "Vision of My Soul" by Robert Steven
« Reply #31 on: January 09, 2010, 04:48 PM »
Great point John, about the " realism " vs. " abstract"  concept. After I entered that post, I thought about adding an edit saying. " but we all have different ideas about what a tree looks like".  Along the same line as real vs. abstract, how about the thought that some of us look at bonsai expecting to see a real tree-like image, some think about all the steps and years it must have taken to reach that image, and still others look and think of all the "rules " that are not adhered to. I, personally am in the first group, but try to keep an open mine about the rest. I blame it on my 7th grade English teacher. She made us memorize Emily Dickinson's , " I think that I shall never see, a poem  lovely as a tree". Kind of odd to remember something from 50 years ago, and not remember last week. LOL.  Larry