Colin Lewis wrote:
Hell's teeth Will, those aren't guidelines, their rules!
Literati are all feminine
Most, probably, some more than others.
Literati all take minimalism to the extreme
No, that would be a dead tree. And you certainly couldn't say that about Mike's black pine.
Literati all place the emphasis on the trunk.
Yes they do, in common with the titles or guidelines most other bonsai styles.
Other than that, you're off to a good start.
I think we have swayed from the central point over the last page or two and are attempting to grasp the air, instead of understanding how we use it. While there are exceptions to every rule, such exceptions do not dismiss the rule.
We have seen a few examples of Literati presented against the arguement that Literati are inherently feminine.
Colin, I hope you do not mind....Bonsai by Colin Lewis hotlinked from http://www.colinlewisbonsai.com/gallery ... ine-1.html
In the above example I see soft, graceful curves....the "stairway to heaven" foliage pads are lush, soft, and also graceful......taper exists, but it takes a long time to come.......the container is soft, curved....however the bark, nebari, and exteme bend at the top lends some harshness to what I see as an otherwise feminine presentation.