I have noticed a few blatant misconceptions about the nature of bonsai being posted on other forums
How nice to be noticed!
Bonsai is best compared to other art forms that also are three dimensional such as sculpture.
I agree, but sometimes we simply MUST "dance about architecture" to make a point.
Bonsai, like sculpture does not have to be distorted from any angle in order to deliver the proper perspective from any angle.
I agree with that. However, sometimes a bonsai artist will make an old-fashioned 2-dimensional bonsai and make use of forced perspective.
In the context of my post that you cite, the discussion was about how (old fashioned 2-dimensional) forest arrangements will often include smaller trees in the rear, to give the forced perspective of making them look far away when the pot is actually not very wide.
As examples, here are some pictures in the AoB gallery from Qingquan Zhao, showing his very effective use of forced perspective: http://www.artofbonsai.org/images/zhao/ ... se_elm.jpg http://www.artofbonsai.org/images/zhao/ ... e_elm2.jpg http://www.artofbonsai.org/images/zhao/ ... e_elm3.jpg http://www.artofbonsai.org/images/zhao/zhao_carl.jpg http://www.artofbonsai.org/images/zhao/zhao_015.jpg
My point was simply that using forced perspective for a 3-dimensional bonsai composition is not effective, because the perspective is lost from any angle other than the old-fashioned front. If you viewed any of these Zhao compositions from the rear, the forced perspective would backfire horribly.
David is interesting rare in that the head and shoulders are slightly larger in proportion as he was meant to be placed up high, where the whole would look in proportion, yet, even at eye level, it is barely discernible.
My point exactly. David's forced perspective would backfire if we viewed him from above, just like the sidewalk art.
Isn?t it time we stopped styling only two of the three dimensions and create bonsai that are truly visually pleasing from all sides?
It sounds like a great idea to try new things. I'm for it. I'm even going to make my girlfriend try sushi tonight, for the first time. And next week, I'm going to my first-ever klezmer concert, to hear the Klezmatics. I think this new frontier of bonsai should also be explored, and I truly am eager to see the results of its application.
My comment @ bonsaiTALK was not a rejection of the 3-D idea. My only point was that I think forced perspective is not a very good tool to use when you explore this new frontier.
But if anyone thinks it can be a good tool in the new arena, I'd be interested to hear about it.