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Planning ahead

Post  JimLewis on Sun Jul 28, 2013 5:13 pm

I know, the title is redundant (you can't plan behind -- at least not in a time sense), but I'm juststarting to think of combinations that might work for a forthcoming (October) show. Your thoughts will be appreciated.

First thoughts:



Second, and I think better, thoughts:


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Re: Planning ahead

Post  Xavier de Lapeyre on Sun Jul 28, 2013 6:17 pm

Hi Jim,
I like the second one.
It has a better flow in my mind. From a high mountain top, to the windy slope to the foot of the mountain.
The suiseki in the middle is a good distraction.
I did not like the huge white pot in the first one [ personal preference here ]
But the empty pot in the second one is distracting me... My eyes roams about but ends up on it because its empty. Its kind of annoying... it feels like an incomplete scene...
Maybe if you had a kusamono [ grass or just moss in the pot ] .... but once again that's just my personal taste.

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Re: Planning ahead

Post  JimLewis on Sun Jul 28, 2013 8:04 pm

Thanks. I agree on all counts. Try this -- as an empty space is perfectly acceptible.


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Re: Planning ahead

Post  Xavier de Lapeyre on Mon Jul 29, 2013 7:48 am

thumbs up 
Yeps this display looks more balanced and harmonious to me.
The removal of the empty pot in the front and replacement with a suiseki is a definitive plus IMO.

I don't mind empty pots on a display on their own, but when mixed with "occupied" pots it looks kind of cheap or hastily put together somehow...
well just my way of viewing it though.

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Re: Planning ahead

Post  DougB on Mon Jul 29, 2013 3:16 pm

Jim the last one, with the empty space, gives me an uncomfortable feeling. I think it is because the white pot helps draw my attention to the empty space. And the trees are an uncomfortable feeling in my peripheral vision. Just my 1.5 cents worth. Oh and thanks for your many inspiring posts.

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Re: Planning ahead

Post  dick benbow on Mon Jul 29, 2013 4:22 pm

It seems, I can never get enough threads on display. So this is quite welcome.

I think the mixture of pots, styles and colors is good. The last photo with a stone
in the featured display and on the table is one too many to my ideal.
With the display where the center is vacated, I very much am drawn to the missing space. I think this would work in a show where the orginator would not be available to explain why. With no one there people will have to ask THEMSELVES why.

In display, I have come to consider techniques that retain a viewer, even for a short time to contemplate something is better than the constant moving line of viewers that accept and move on.

thanks for taking the time to post Smile

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Re: Planning ahead

Post  JimLewis on Mon Jul 29, 2013 6:33 pm

Thanks, all. That "stone" in the last pic is a soapstone carving of a garden snail. It shows poorly on that table which is antique early faux something or other and has no business having a bonsai stand on it. Jackie didn't like it, either, and since this display is likely to be on a wide table with quite a few other small bonsai, it won't be there when it counts.

I'm toying with substituting this kusamono for that small azalea bottom left. Yes? No? I'm ambivalent. I'm not wild about the azalea, but have nothing else.


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Re: Planning ahead

Post  JimLewis on Mon Jul 29, 2013 6:35 pm

DougB wrote:Jim the last one, with the empty space, gives me an uncomfortable feeling.  I think it is because the white pot helps draw my attention to the empty space.  And the trees are an uncomfortable feeling in my peripheral vision.  Just my 1.5 cents worth.  Oh and thanks for your many inspiring posts.

Sorry, I don't see a "white" pot . . .

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Re: No white pot

Post  DougB on Mon Jul 29, 2013 9:07 pm

Sorry Jim old eye and small image. What ever the white item is in the center just above and to the right of the empty shelf.

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Re: Planning ahead

Post  JimLewis on Tue Jul 30, 2013 12:39 am

Ah, it's a stone.

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Re: Planning ahead

Post  JudyB on Tue Jul 30, 2013 2:17 pm

I like the las image the best, the one thing my eye doesn't seem at peace with, is the bottom two trees being much the same height. Could the left one be wired, or trimmed a but shorter? I like the "empty" spot, it's calm now. The stone may just not be the right one? Maybe smaller, flatter...

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Re: Planning ahead

Post  JimLewis on Tue Jul 30, 2013 3:00 pm

The stone may just not be the right one? Maybe smaller, flatter...

But it's my favorite (small) stone (he said plaintively).  A mother and child.  2 1/2 inches.   Maybe a flatter stand?





That lower left-hand tree (a Kurume azalea) is my least favorite, too (at least when it's not blooming).  But you use what you have and it's "ok" in real life.  (Unless I substitute the succulents??)

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Re: Planning ahead

Post  JudyB on Tue Jul 30, 2013 3:13 pm

No,no, not the beautiful white stone, the large accent piece stone. I love the white one. Succulents in the lower left? Show us?

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Re: Planning ahead

Post  JimLewis on Tue Jul 30, 2013 5:54 pm

Oh, that. It's not a stone, though it is OF stone. It is a soapstone carving of a garden snail my wife made for me years and years ago. I was running out of tabletops to put all the stuff that's normally on the display and the table the display sits on so that was merely an, apparently unsuccessful, attempt at wise ass humor.

It would take a good 45 minutes to clear everything away, bring in all the trees, and recreate that display with the succulents added, so it may be a while . . .

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Re: Planning ahead

Post  JimLewis on Thu Aug 01, 2013 4:41 pm

Here it is with the succulents instead of the little azalea. Note that I also switch the stands under the tall juniper pot up top and the stone.



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Re: Planning ahead

Post  William N. Valavanis on Thu Aug 01, 2013 5:49 pm

Here is another idea. I suggest  you lose the rock on the bottom of the display table.

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Re: Planning ahead

Post  JimLewis on Thu Aug 01, 2013 6:18 pm

That works, too!  Thanks, Bill.

I put something different under the juniper.



I LIKE IT.

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Post  JudyB on Fri Aug 02, 2013 1:33 am

FWIW- I do too...

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