Antonio Ricchiari sketches the options for the Pine of Gunther de Boeck
Antonio Ricchiari passion for bonsai started in the early seventies. He is known for his many publications in bonsai magazines and writer of many books. He runs his bonsai studio Progettobonsai, which is dedicated to the technique and esthetics of bonsai. Besides this he is also a very good illustrator and made many (bonsai) drawings in his books and for other publications.
The trunk of this mountain Pine (Pinus parviflora) inspired me immediately. A tree with a more female character. We have to take full advantage of the elegance of the trunk. But the key for success of a good bonsai is to create an aesthetic match between the foliage pads and the aesthetic character of the pine.
Concentrating on the foliage in the upper zone, we see that it accentuates the elegant flow of the trunk where the living vein it will enhance the drawing.
One of the predominant focal points is created by the first jin below and the deadwood that wraps around the trunk in a spiral, which accentuates the dynamic momentum. The balance shifted to the right of the first branch is balanced from the stage to the left.
The volume of the foliage and the spaces between the pads will determine the dynamics of the future bonsai. the tree is directed to the right as seen from the sashieda (a: first branch) and from the apex.
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