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Author:  Colin Lewis [ Tue Dec 30, 2008 12:41 pm ]
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Richard Patefield wrote:
I have offered you the chance to get out of the animist dark ages, forget the metaphysics and really communicate something. If you want to stay back there with those who would reward the continuation of the attitudes and aesthetics of 50yrs ago, I don't mind.


Ha! Now that's amusing. Everything you say is backwards. You don't advance art by setting guidelines or critical frameworks that apply in perpetuity. Art is advanced by imagination, free thinking, unbounded creativity. The artist must dream and endeavour to make those dreams a reality. Far from being stuck in the attitudes and aesthetics of fifty years ago (I don't know where that came from) anyone who has been in bonsai for a decade will tell you that I and others of like mind are continually breaking the mold and extending the boundaries of bonsai. If we were to abide by the criteria you wish to set in 2008, half a century from now we would all be stuck in the fifty year-old attitudes and aesthetics of Richard Patefield.

No, my friend, I will dine heartily on magic and metaphysics and leave you to waste away while you pick at the crumbs of outdated and long abandoned conformity.

Author:  Mike Page [ Tue Apr 07, 2009 4:36 pm ]
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Here is the latest image of the notorious pine taken at the Sei Boku Bonsai Kai exhibit. April 4/5 in San Mateo CA.

Mike

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Author:  Mike Page [ Tue Apr 07, 2009 4:50 pm ]
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Seiji Morimae and Peter Warren suggested that the tree needed to be thinned out. Over the past few months I have taken their suggestion to heart and slowly opened it up. I've gone as far as I want to go.

Mike

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Author:  Mike Page [ Thu Jan 14, 2010 5:57 pm ]
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The pine was in need of repotting, and especially in need of a larger pot because the slant/lean of the tree made it unstable in the original pot.
I had Sara Rayner make this pot, and it's 2 inches larger across than the previous pot. The stability is greatly improved. I'll still bungee cord it to the bench to be safe. Winter storms are coming in!

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Author:  Mike Page [ Tue Jun 22, 2010 10:50 am ]
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The 2nd National Bonsai Exhibition has come and gone. No controversy. zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz.

Author:  John Dixon [ Fri Oct 29, 2010 10:49 am ]
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I just went back and read this again. I think I've time-warped.

Author:  Mike Page [ Fri Oct 29, 2010 12:18 pm ]
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Re. time warp:
I'm attending the Golden State Bonsai Federation convention in San Jose, CA this weekend. Peter Warren is one of the headliners. I hope to speak to Peter and thank him in person for the great article he wrote that started this thread.

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