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 Post subject: Penjing by Peter Krebs
PostPosted: Wed Dec 30, 2009 4:40 pm 
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This thread is for discussing Peter Krebs' article, "Penjing"

http://www.artofbonsai.org/feature_articles/penjing.php


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 Post subject: Re: Penjing by Peter Krebs
PostPosted: Wed Jan 06, 2010 5:45 pm 
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Peter, thanks for the penjing article. I've been a fan of penjing for many years.
The image is a collected Sierra Juniper, (juniperus occidentalis). The height is 21 inches from tray to tree top.

Mike


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 Post subject: Re: Penjing by Peter Krebs
PostPosted: Sat Jan 09, 2010 4:09 am 
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Hi Mike,

Bonsai is as colorful as life itself, and there are many directions. Anyone can choose in which direction he wants to work with bonsai.

Your beautiful work has shown in many different directions, and are all very expressive.

Also shown here is Penjing well done to you.

Best regards
Peter


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 Post subject: Re: Penjing by Peter Krebs
PostPosted: Wed Mar 17, 2010 12:23 am 
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Discussions about "perfection" are almost always a relative game. Penjing has a strong and specific character of its own, which is further nuanced by the many regional school techniques.
The article points out the inherent preconceptions the "strictly bonsai" crowd brings to, say, a judged competition. It also acknowledges the difference in mood and character attempted by the two disciplines. Still, I think it needs to be stressed that a penjing artist's work is as deliberate and labored as anyone's. Often, what might appear to be unrefined or simply unadressed is evidence of very purposeful craft. To a penjing master or aficionado, different horticultural techniques and understanding offer different manifestations of perfection. It's not that they're unaware of bonsai method.
I guess I'm just beginning to demand less use of adjectives like "perfect" when it comes to public tree criticism, and more objective terminology. In that way, understanding at large might become less ossified by convention and a more open, fluid definition of "mastery" might be achieved.


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 Post subject: Re: Penjing by Peter Krebs
PostPosted: Wed Mar 17, 2010 11:19 am 
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Hello Pathhouse,

Thank you for your good comment.

Best regards
Peter


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 Post subject: Re: Penjing by Peter Krebs
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There is some use of the word "perfection" in posts here. I feel the need to express my thought on perfection.

"The only state of perfection is death. It cannot be made better. It cannot be made worse" MP


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