Category Archives: Art

Building a bonsai is all about the process

Well, that’s a mess. Sometimes, though, it’s when you’re at your messiest is when you’re at your best. That’s the process. If you are so worried about being neat, you’re not really throwing your whole self into the creation. And, … Continue reading

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A bonsai, an ostomy, a life

The tree: The me: The set up: The life:I’m being a bit pretentious but, you see, I can be. Why? Welcome, my friends, it is… (I don’t use this brand but it’s the only graphic I could find for free, … Continue reading

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Did you just call me escambron again….that’s it, I’m gonna….wait, what, that’s the name of a tree?

Escambron, a tree native to Puerto Rico. If you say escambron with just a little bit of the emphasis on the right syllable and slur it a bit, you might just be saying a bad word (shut your mouth…) Let’s … Continue reading

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Bonsai on Elm Street

It’s actually the corner of Randolph and Wallace, but that’s not very euphonious. It is an elm tree. A Chinese elm, for clarification, Ulmus parviflora, which means “small flowered elm”. It is a species from East Asia including China and … Continue reading

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Return of the cracked pot friendship tree

Again, here I sit, waiting for the kids to be released from prison… uh, school. People ask me why I work on my bonsai so much here. I guess I could just take a nap or read a book but, … Continue reading

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Lowering a branch on an historical bonsai

Man I’m getting around a lot here recently. I’m literally living a “Have bonsai, will travel ” lifestyle on the blog. Today, as I work on a Brazilian Raintree (which you’ll see in the next post or so), I’m at … Continue reading

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Face-hugger or Swoosh? You decide

Hmmmmmmnnnn…… Inner-est-ing. In case you haven’t figured it out yet, I like to work with non-traditional shapes very often in my art. This is not the first time you have seen this tree…..……nor shall it be the last (….back back, … Continue reading

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