“Art is the lie that enables us to realize the truth.” ― Pablo Picasso
Last summer, a boxwood I had been training in a canopy oak sort of style was dramatically pruned by Roy Nagatoshi during a demo at Kofu Kai. The tree, which my kids later named Meelo, was allowed to grow out until today, when I thinned out the new shoots a bit before presenting it to Uyen Truong for some further advice and a sketch during his program with the Orange County Bonsai Society.
This was the growth. A pair of large pom-poms, and a single bud halfway between.
After reducing the foliage to about a dozen shoots, I tried sketching out my idea for the tree's future development. Mr. Truong was busy sketching out ideas for some very interesting junipers other club members had brought.
Eventually, it became my turn, and Mr. Truong sketched out his vision for Meelo.
Here's the tree and the sketch. His was much better than mine.
The next step in the process will be to lose the upper branch that moves to the right and to remove the stumps, although we will keep part of the bottom left stump and grow the primary branch out of what's left of it. I'll re-evaluate this tree this summer. It's not my best tree, nor the one with the most potential, but it is my favorite tree. And now I have a very cool watercolor and caligraphy ink sketch of it by Uyen Truong.