Keeping in mind the audience when you create your bonsai. Do you care who will see it?
Let's say, that doesn't influence me while I work.
Or you say: This is the way I want this bonsai to look and I don't care what you think about it. I am doing it to please myself and not you.
No, I only think
something like that when I get criticism from people whose opinion I don't respect. Generally, I am too busy finding out what the tree has to offer, and working out the techniques to achieve it. In a sense, it's impersonal.
The critic - Do you think that anybody's opinion is equally important, or only the expert's opinion counts?
The expert I'll always listen to, but I have had proof of remarkable insight from others, so I think one has to keep an open mind.
Truthfulness - should we represent nature objectively, the way it is, or it's more important to show nature according to our beliefs, in a subjective way?
I never think about those questions, except when I visit a forum where they are being debated. Sorry!
Bonsai create themselves, on the basis of the material available, the way it inspires us, the extent of our knowledge and skills, and the need for them to survive and develop. All I aim for is to bring out the best in the tree, the best way I can. -- Mind you, I'm quite choosey about the material I use! ;-))
Original or traditional? - Are traditional themes boring? Should we try to find new subjects, or believe that the traditions are so rich and diverse that there is no need to try to reinvent the wheel?
Originality is not something that can be aimed at, i.m.h.o. Either the bonsai material and the bonsai-ist have it in them to achieve it, or they don't . You need both; with only one of these factors, it's impossible.
Whether or not original and "traditional" (very relative term!) bonsai are great trees that suscite admiration and retain our attention, does not depend on either style, but rather on the quality of the work that has gone into them, and the artistry achieved. I just said, "does not depend", but I should have said should not depend.
Regrettably, the rather forced search for renewal tends to narrow some spectators' views.
Would you please disagree with me?
I don't think I disagreed all that much, or did I? I just wrote what I honestly think.
By the way, Attila, I couldn't access this forum for 2 days. I sent you a message via the Interactive Gallery mail service. Finally I got back here by typing "Attila Soos" in Google and changing my bookmark.