Bay Island Bonsai’s recent exhibit included a penjing display – a rare occurrence for the event. As time passes, I find I’m more concerned with improving the quality of the trees in the exhibit each year – and keeping the event fun. This piece has fun in spades.
Penjing with shimpaku
A number of figures have popped up in the past few BIB exhibits. The most striking example appeared in 2010. This year’s display boasts the greatest variety of figures.
Mise-en-scène with Golden Alligator
It takes a lot of work to get the details right. Kudos to Jeff for making the effort.
The curator at work
Like groves, penjing tend to be very accessible to visitors who are new to bonsai. While some bonsai are quite abstract in design, penjing and forest scenes are immediately identifiable – and fun!
Sunset on shimpaku island
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John Kirby says
While Jeff is the current curator, he is also the creator and as such has certain godlike characteristics. Think Poseidon.
Not sure of how to send this feedback to the creator of this penjing. Maybe you would pass this constructive feedback along to him.
This is a nice penjing. But something seems “off”. I believe it could be corrected with the following.
I see the deciduous trees at the top of the mountains, while the junipers are very much in a row in the lower “elevations”, and the temple is lower as well. I would rather see the junipers upon the larger mountain, with the smaller toward the top. The temple should be higher upon the main mountain as well.
The deciduous trees should be at the base & on the island….the monkey belongs on the island as well.
One mans humble opinion….not seeing to many deciduous trees higher up than junipers 😉