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My African inspiration

Post  Robert Steven on Sat Nov 26, 2011 5:53 pm

Today, I was playing around with my inspiration got from my last bonsai safari trip in Namibia.. dedicating to my South African and Namibian friends, especially to Bernie and Tobie/Sandy...

I have some acacia in training for my coming African “flat-top" style, but I can't wait to try with my first Pemphis (why not ?) sunny :



Bucida....



and Brazilian rain tree...



Further refinement on the ramification and "touches" will improve the African nuance.... elephant

(You can view my Bonsai Safari pictures on my FB's albums : http://facebook.com/robertbonsai)

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Re: My African inspiration

Post  kimo on Wed Nov 30, 2011 9:26 pm

Lovely compositions.





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Re: My African inspiration

Post  Robert Steven on Thu Dec 01, 2011 2:41 am

Thanks, Kimo... Very Happy

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Re: My African inspiration

Post  Sam Ogranaja on Thu Dec 01, 2011 1:49 pm

Hey Robert,

Nice compositions. I like the Pemphis and the Raintree the best. Could you post a virtual showing your idea for the future?

I really enjoyed seeing your African Safari pictures. It looks like an amazing place.
Have a great week!!!
Sam

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Re: My African inspiration

Post  Robert Steven on Thu Dec 01, 2011 2:16 pm

Thanks Sam, I will refine the crown to be rather flat with better branching structure. In fact not all trees in Africa are flat top, but when we do it into bonsai, flatter top is one of the way to emphasize the African trees character beside other "touch"...
I have few more acacia in training for this vision.. : sunny

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Post  Guest on Fri Dec 02, 2011 11:57 am

Very nice inspiration Robert.

I am attempting one myself...far from being close to your work though Crying or Very sad . my other thread on the blue bell twin trunk is aimed to have the same ambiance as the safari mood.

regards,
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Post  Robert Steven on Fri Dec 02, 2011 12:05 pm

Thanks Jun. I still need to improve here and there to get the right nuance..to get myself involved more into the spirit... elephant

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Post  Guest on Fri Dec 02, 2011 12:16 pm

Robert Steven wrote:Thanks Jun. I still need to improve here and there to get the right nuance..to get myself involved more into the spirit... elephant

The Giraffe in the second photo looks OK (at least for me) The first one is I think out of proportion with respect to the tree, Same with the zebras. Just my opinion. Giraffe looking up to the canopy trying to reached some foliage would be perfect. (IMHO)


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Post  giangus on Fri Dec 02, 2011 12:40 pm

Thank you for sharing with us your artwork Robert,
There is a touch of Ch'an in your creations.The Brazilian tree landscape has illustrated this way.
Regards,
Giang

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Re: My African inspiration

Post  Robert Steven on Fri Dec 02, 2011 12:54 pm

You are right Jun.

On the Pemphis, I should improve the land contour so the giraffes will look further to the back.
On the rain-tree, the ramification should be improved to look like mature large tree.
The ramification (foliage pads) of the bucida should also be refined.

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Re: My African inspiration

Post  Robert Steven on Fri Dec 02, 2011 12:56 pm

giangus wrote:Thank you for sharing with us your artwork Robert,
There is a touch of Ch'an in your creations.The Brazilian tree landscape has illustrated this way.
Regards,
Giang

Then..I still do not succeed to convey my vision because I am not sure if they are practicing Ch'an in Africa.. No

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Re: My African inspiration

Post  Jerry Meislik on Fri Dec 02, 2011 2:32 pm

Robert,
Great landscapes. Brings back memories of the trip.
Keep 'em coming.
Jerry

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Re: My African inspiration

Post  Robert Steven on Fri Dec 02, 2011 3:08 pm

Thanks Jerry..I should go back for those I missed... elephant

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Re: My African inspiration

Post  Ed Trout on Fri Dec 02, 2011 3:15 pm


Very unique and beautiful creations Robert ! From what I am reading, both you & Jerry Meislik were greatly influenced by what you saw in Africa. I must put visiting there on my "to do" list. Wonderful images from both of you for us to enjoy. Thank You


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Re: My African inspiration

Post  Robert Steven on Fri Dec 02, 2011 3:22 pm

Certainly Ed. We had a great great time there and as I said, Africa nature is the second influenced country for my inspiration after China..

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