What are your influences?

Its fascinating understanding people different approaches to the creation of their bonsai, I have often heard at exhibitions “I have never seen a ‘tree like that in nature”. My reply is “you need to get out more!” Every day I get to walk in nature, I have amazing trees that I can see and understand their growth patterns. When it comes to bonsai what kick started my fascination, sure it was the movie Karate Kid but I think it is deeper than that. I grew up in the early 1970’s and loved Prog Rock… Yes, Greenslade, Pink Floyd, King Crimson, Genesis and Jethro Tull and the artworks on their albums, BUT the stand out artist for me was Roger Dean. For sure Dean made an impact on my approach to the way I create my trees and the way I display. Here are a few of his artworks. check out Roger Deans website HERE

Roger Dean has just launched his virtual gallery check it out here

Mr. Kimura masterclass from Bonsai empire Review

Take advantage of this rare opportunity to learn from the world-renowned bonsai master, Masahiko Kimura. In his first ever online class, Mr. Kimura demonstrates his unique approach to Bonsai design. He reveals a life-time of cultivated knowledge and his own personal techniques to achieve results in a short amount of time.

This Masterclass is recorded in Mr. Kimura’s private workshop and consists of two long-format case studies. Each case study begins with a discussion of bonsai aesthetics and design options, followed by an explanation of the applied techniques:

  • Setting the main structure of a tree
  • Wiring
  • Shaping the apex
  • Pad creation
  • Importance of negative space in Bonsai design
  • And moss cultivation.

You can expect 14 lectures with over 4 hours of video tutorials with lifetime access. Be sure to watch the free lecture for a taste of the contents!

Price: $79.99 USD, as always with lifetime access
14 lectures, 4 hour total
URL: https://www.bonsaiempire.com/courses/kimura-masterclass

Larix from the Slovenian Mountains.

This Larix was collected in Slovenian Mountains around 2008, after many years in development its finally coming to look like a bonsai. The pot is by that fantastic British potted Bryan Albright. Standing approximately 35cm tall (Chuhin) this is my favourite size for bonsai. Some of the earlier images of this tree can be seen HERE