Bonsai paintings

Once a year my friends insist on celebrating my closing death with presents and cake. My almost-mother-in-law is a really good painter so this year I dared asking her to paint a Bonsai for me to keep with tradition. To assist I sent her some photos of Bonsai I really loved, most by Walter Pall obviously, and almost forgot about it.

Well that’s a lie…

I thought about it every week eagerly anticipating what she would come up with. A while ago she showed me some pictures of her progress, and jolly joy she’s not making one, but two paintings! They are not yet finished, and the photos are not perfect, but I couldn’t resist showing them already, off course I’ll post the final product too.

The first one is of one of Walter Pall’s most famous trees. I wish I had trees like him, I wish I had half the talent and was half as original as this man is. If you don’t know who he is, then you should really visit his website www.walter-pall.de if you love Bonsai. I won’t post the original photos of this tree here because they are obviously Walters property, but I urge you to visit his site and watch his galleries if you haven’t done so already. To me Walter is the most important man in European Bonsai, the creator of a new style, an honest and outspoken man who dared to go his own way instead of imitating like so many others do. I think this painting grabs the understated power and simplicity of this tree very well. Making it almost monochrome is the mark of an artist, this tree, and this painting doesn’t need more colour in any way.

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The second one is a tree she photographed herself while visiting Japanese gardens. Technically the tree itself is not as prime an example of Bonsai as the one above, which is obvious seeing the one above is one of the best ever European Bonsai, but a very quiant little tree regardless. It does have good movement and grabs the eye, with the pot and the contrast it makes for an exemplary painting. I especially like the shading and detail of the trunk, very convincing in an impressionistic way. The texture and colour of the pot is spot on. The more I look at it the more I like it, the tree itself, and the painting.

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If you’re interested in having your own Bonsai painting, a portrait or an original work of her own mind. Please don’t hesitate and visit this talented artist at www.mthattink.nl

Hasegawa P-47 Thunderbolt

Winter is in full swing so growing Bonsai is a bit of a contradiction now, keeping them alive is a term that applies more at the moment. There’s enough to say about Bonsai but when they’re not growing outside I tend to lose interest a bit. They are cold outside and talking about them won’t change that, so I’d rather create something else while we wait for spring. Another hobby of mine is one that has a habit of popping up then, building scale models. Just leave it to me to find something even more elderly and uncool as growing Bonsai in your early thirties. Ah well, from now on one or two finished models might also pop up here. I’ll try my best to keep the blog mostly Bonsai oriented though.

To start things off I’d like to show a build I almost threw in the bin a few years ago but finished regardless. Just a simple aluminium plane in flight, I like the elegant but powerful form the Thunderbolt has. The scale is 1:48, painting is done by airbrush. Getting an aluminium finish like this is more difficult than you’d think so I’m actually a bit proud of this one 🙂

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Like with Bonsai, making a good photo of one of these is almost as hard as building one.

Chicken proofing

We decided to get chickens again this year. Everyone who has the slightest experience with these animals and gardening will attest to the sheer destructive capability these little feathery assholes have. They are fun to have around, the eggs taste wonderful, but in essence they are pigs with feathers. They’ll eat anything, anywhere, any moment. Needless to say having a collection of Bonsai within their reach is not a good thing. The fresh buds for the coming spring taste like a nice autumn salad for them so they have to be protected.

The culprits, being all “I don’t give a fuck” in the garden:20161024_142211

Since it’s too much fun having them free and enjoying their life around the house, I didn’t want to have them locked up. Winter is coming and the trees need to be moved close to the house to protect them from the occasionally harsh Dutch winter anyways, so we devised a solution. It’s not pretty but it does the job. Coming spring I’ll make some nice Bonsai-benches out of their reach and post the result here. For now this will do, a bit of fence and a few sticks placed firmly in the ground so the young buds are protected from their ever prying beaks.20161024_142303

Autumn colours

As it is almost mandatory this season, some nice autum pics of the trees. I Always like seeing the leaves change.

Maples in particular always give a colour show.20161024_123852

One of the European Beeches looks quite nice this year too.20161024_123912

An American Oak that is particulary vibrant in the rain, wish the leaves would get smaller though but this species is really hard to make anywhere near Bonsai-like. I keep it for fun and giggles regardless.20161015_114907

And a Zelkova that is one of my favourites.20161024_124007

 

 

#Hipster Garden pictures

There’s nothing you can do about it, after summer comes fall. I personally like fall, it’s a nice time to look back at the growing season and to prepare for next summer. The work you do in fall pays off next year. To look back at a lovely summer I’d like to show some (heavily filtered) pictures of my garden this year.

Naughty little shroom.20160704_163758

The roses.20160624_203403

The corner under the apple tree.20160613_162554

The garden shed being taken over.20160612_161724

My (unused) anvil.20160612_153920