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a spring display

Post  dick benbow on Sat Mar 21, 2015 10:20 pm

In the new Toko

SPRING!

Japanese larch with new green spring needles, artic willow with "pussywillows" and scroll with the first set of eggs ( we won't chase mama bird off the eggs anymore)



Yesterday on the calendar was official Spring, I was so excited I wet my plants. Smile

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Re: a spring display

Post  Guest on Sun Mar 22, 2015 11:15 am

He he Dick

We can blame the spring for many things...are you sure it was not because you had to bend dawn lower than your stiff knees liked too Very Happy

Congratulations with your new tokonoma...have fun Smile

Kind regards Yvonne

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Re: a spring display

Post  dick benbow on Sun Mar 22, 2015 2:50 pm

they say that practice makes perfect, so I intend to keep making displays and seeing if I can't keep the knees more fluid....

I'm finding out that like pots for bonsai where you never have the right one......in display the table height or design, shikishi board art or companion plants are never the correct ones for the situation.

More of everything....is not enough Smile

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Post  William N. Valavanis on Sun Mar 22, 2015 7:03 pm

Nice spring display!

I try not to align the scroll and edge of table, perhaps moving the display table to the right and back a bit might help.

Keep up the good work.

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Re: a spring display

Post  dick benbow on Sun Mar 22, 2015 7:48 pm

Thank-you Bill. I sincerely appreciate help from those who have acquired and earned the knowledge and are willing to help:)

Appreciated!

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Post  Guest on Sun Mar 22, 2015 8:30 pm

A another thing you can do, is to hold the camera in a horizontal line, and at the same time lower...maybe you should sit on a mat doing it Smile

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Re: a spring display

Post  dick benbow on Sun Mar 22, 2015 8:57 pm

gotcha Yvonne, thanks

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Post  Precarious on Mon Mar 23, 2015 1:31 am

Ha you're gonna test his knees some more Yvonne! You could be his personal trainer. Embarassed

The scroll and larch play off of one another very well, thanks for Sharing!

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Post  gman on Mon Mar 23, 2015 4:55 pm

Hi Dick,
No experience or expertise on displays but my first impression was that all 3 items were too clustered....it didn't have any visual depth. Not sure Bill would agree but could you also move the accent to the left (away from scroll) and forward or maybe just moving the table as Bill suggested works?
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Post  augustine on Mon Mar 23, 2015 5:11 pm

Dick,

I like your display very much, thanks for posting.

Augustine

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Re: a spring display

Post  dick benbow on Mon Mar 23, 2015 11:22 pm

I always appreciate getting opinions whether you consider yourself knowledgeable or not. Believe me at home if i get one "expert" to comment I consider that amazing.
Bill has a reputation of being extremely into crossed T'ees and dotted I's when it comes to display so I am blessed to have both sides.

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Re: a spring display

Post  Kakejiku on Tue May 05, 2015 9:17 pm

Dick...They were all good and correct suggestions. Particularly, you have so much more space to work with. Let the bonsai breathe...

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Re: a spring display

Post  dick benbow on Tue May 05, 2015 9:40 pm

Oregato maples-san Smile

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Re: a spring display

Post  JimLewis on Wed May 06, 2015 12:31 pm

Yvonne Graubaek wrote:A another thing you can do, is to hold the camera in a horizontal line, and at the same time lower...maybe you should sit on a mat doing it  :)

Kind regards Yvonne

Good point. Consider the traditional positions (and stance) of the viewers of tokonoma and take your pictures from that same viewing angle.

Nice display, though my PERSONAL preference for a scroll is a more muted, ethereal and less photographic picture.

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Re: a spring display

Post  William N. Valavanis on Fri May 15, 2015 3:22 am

Here are a few spring displays arranged for students and visitors to my garden during the past few weeks. Spring is beautiful here!


Deshojo Japanese Maple


Japanese Maple


Kashima Japanese Maple


Robinson Bradford Pear


Seigen Japanese Maple


Satsuki Azalea Seiun


Butterfly Japanese Maple

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Re: a spring display

Post  dick benbow on Fri May 15, 2015 1:47 pm

Bill thanks for taking the time and making the effort.
One of my favorite "things" about seeing such photos is that some of the scrolls are never seen in enough detail as to be able to appreciate their significance and contribution. I know to the average viewer it' all about the bonsai but to someone like myself it's all about what's being said. For example on the bamboo fan, what artistry is being shared? If it was new year's I could tell you Smile
thanks!

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Post  elkski on Sat May 16, 2015 1:44 am

Wow Bill that is beautiful... These are some of my first  "displays" to ever view  I do feel like the extra table and bonsai behind the cabinet stick support seems out of place to me.. hidden and such.  But the lighting and wood details on the front of the cabinet are a very nice clean look.
Are these displays just for photos or for actual viewings ?  Forgive me for I am very new to bonsai.   The more I read the more I question if I can add another hobby that requires so much time. I do feel like time with plants is priceless but the World and many around me dont see things that way.

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Re: a spring display

Post  William N. Valavanis on Sat May 16, 2015 3:12 am

Glad you like my displays!

They are NOT for photographing. The displays are primarily for teaching purposes and for welcoming students and visitors to my studio and garden.

Bill

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Re: a spring display

Post  my nellie on Sat May 16, 2015 6:37 pm

Mr. Valavanis, I second Dick's words
dick benbow wrote:Bill thanks for taking the time and making the effort... ...

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Post  William N. Valavanis on Wed May 20, 2015 12:09 pm

This past weekend we had our 42nd Upstate New York Bonsai Exhibition in Rochester, New York. Someone asked if my displays were only for photos. Here are two friends from Erie, Pennsylvania, who visited my studio and Spring Open House & Sale. They stopped to appreciate and study the display arranged to welcome visitors.

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Also here is another display featuring my Dwarf Gardenia in full blossom after the show of course….

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Re: a spring display

Post  dick benbow on Wed May 20, 2015 3:05 pm

thanks for showing a close up of the scroll...Smile

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Re: a spring display

Post  William N. Valavanis on Fri May 29, 2015 11:25 pm

Tomorrow begins my Summer Mini Bonsai Course for two Saturday mornings. I just completed designing the studio alcove to welcome new students to the art of classical bonsai art.

The Amethyst Falls Wisteria is just beginning to blossom. This native American cultivar has shorter blossoms and does not grow wild like the Japanese and Chinese wisterias. Also, they usually blossom again during the summer months.









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Re: a spring display

Post  dick benbow on Fri May 29, 2015 11:40 pm

Thank you for posting the individual elements, much appreciated! Unique bonsai subject Smile

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Re: a spring display

Post  kevin stoeveken on Sat May 30, 2015 2:42 pm

mr valavanis
if you have time, could you share a picture of the display shot from the front rather than the oblique angle... ?

my leanings are not to the classical style, but i really dig this display...
especially the 3 little avian amigos combined with the wisteria Very Happy

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Re: a spring display

Post  dick benbow on Sat May 30, 2015 3:02 pm

Heh? If I'd of quessed the next question would have been about the bonsai table and it's angle. Bill, please explain....Smile

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