May Club Meeting: Artistic Styling
A large group of members met at the Kew East Hall to hear Joe talk about Artistic Styling in bonsai. Techniques and horticultural issues were not considered in this presentation. A selection of comments by Joe are listed below.
If what we do is art, then bonsai is a medium, not a thing.
Bonsai are scaled down versions of real life, or stylised versions or abstract. Lots of variations are possible depending on your point of view or objective.
Everyone sees the world through different eyes.
Actively develop your eye and become aware of how we interpret the world.
It can help to break the larger world down to understandable pieces. Roots. Trunk. Branches. Foliage. Features.
Looking vs Seeing.
Create mindfully and actively challenge.
"Fastest way to change a tree - put it in a different pot." Quote from a Japanese bonsai artist.
Many thanks to Joe for an interesting presentation and tree review. Joe also offered artistic comments on the trees on display by members and some of these are included below.