Last night i downloaded a free trial of photoshop cs 5.5 and wow, what a powerful tool - it is certainly the best editing software i've ever tried. as it was a 30 day trial i decided to try a few virtual compositions on some of my trees to see how they would look with more or less foliage, branches etc etc. This is a perfect way to try various designs from the warmth of my chair on these cold nights before chopping off really important bits of the tree.
First one is a basic material Japanese white pine, mostly unstyled and ready for a lot of wire, and quite a few hours. I've actually put this tree up on the club for sale page at £445 but desided to do a quick photoshop virt to see where it went.
As it is right now:
With a 25 degree tilt, 3 branches off, pads leveled and a new pot - i'm thinking this tree should be got of the for sale page quickly!
Next tree is a chinese elm i've had for 19 years. As it was 18 years ago
And what i was planning for the tree:
Then i tried an experiment with a lot more foliage on the needle juniper -but this needs a bit more work to get right - i like the left hand side though, just need to get the right side sorted.
tree in sept
Here is the Red Maple as it is, and with the outline i'm planning to grow the tree to
I thoroughly recomend this for a play about, great fun for a winters night.
This week has been spent making 3.5 ton of fishing bait in a pre christmas break production push !! and then giving my local bonsai club web site a face lift.
What began as thinking "i'll just start off putting the meeting dates up" ended up with moving the whole site to the hosts I use for the bait and aquarium feed sites, then deciding to begin the site from scratch.
Over three evenings manic typing I think there is enough initial material to upload the site to the big bad world. In addition to the essential club information we've got a sales page ( more material and pots on route), a club blog to chart the day to day chatter and a seasonal guide to our tree species and how they behave in Cornwall - where it is mild - even now we have not dropped below +3 at night in the garden (sorry Peter , not even a frost on the car yet !).
The flip side is it is wet, very wet - I have about 12 trees in the greenhouse to keep them dry
For anyone with short cuts to the old club site they won't work anymore.....
Saturday morning we paid a visit to Gordon Hunts' ceramic studio to look for a few pots and to bounce a few ideas around. There was a cascade pot that looked perfect for my semi cascade Yew tree - the tree styled at the pine lodge show back in June. It didn't take long until a box of accent and shohin pots were in the car too ! so lots of material to play about with.
This was a piece of raw material that had been collected somewhere up north, traded in at Willowbog bonsai nursery, and then travelled home south with me. It is still very much a first styling - lots of growing and refining to do.
And this tree was the insipration for me to style this yew - a japanese yamadori yew that is about 20 times bigger, 10 times older and probably about 30 times dearer ! but there are similarities to the two trees styles - this one is hiding in the willowbog greenhouse atm
Here is a little display I put together as a practice for the club AGM. The tree is a small to medium sized white beech on a japanese stand, accompanied by an apple wood jitta and a pair of broze acorns. The tree is developing ramification quite nicely and the aim is to increase this while keeping the tree much the same size. A few branches need easing down a bit with guy wires and i may loosly wire a few bits this winter - but the wire needs to be off by spring as these trees mark easily.
Fagus Crenate - Japanese White Beech or Siebolds Beech
Origin - Japan
Source - Willowbog Bonsai Nursery
Size - 20" , Age approx 25 years
Pot - Wallsaw ceramics
Apple wood jitta and bronze acorns
Source - Mendip Bonsai, John Trott
I'll do a little wiring on the tree and I think it is ready for the club AGM display.