Reiner Goebel wrote:
I am much impressed by all the learned talk. However, the learned talk counts for nothing if it isn't backed up by 'learned' accomplishments. For me, at least, the bonsai done counts for more than the bonsai talked.
I completely agree Reiner, and I hope that everybody here appreciates the actual bonsai much more than bonsai talk.
Hovever, I see nothing wrong with talking about bonsai and its relations with the other artforms. Talking about bonsai can be very stimulating.
But, as you imply, it is worthless if not followed up by actual doing.
I have to disagree that bonsai is mainly about pruning and wiring. Anybody can learn how to prune and wire, but not anybody can create a great bonsai. By the same token, just because one can talk about arts, that doesn't guarantee that one can create a great bonsai either. Pure talk can be just as bad and impotent as pure, mindless technique.
Pruning and wiring are the means to achieve an objective. But first, you must have an objective, which has little to do with the means other than to observe the limitations and challenges that those means can impose.
Anyway, its great to hear voices like yours , challenging what we are writing here. And your experience can add a lot to what we are doing. Having a diversity of opposing opinions keeps everything in a better perspective.