You might pass this one over at first glance, but the spectacular pot, the deeply striated bark and the overall simplicity and naturalness are worth another look.
Today is the long drive home. No time to put together a new post, so we’ll take one more foray into our archives. This one first appeared in November 2012. It’s one I particularly like. Not for what I have to say, but the for simple, unique beauty and naturalness of the bonsai.
Have we been overly influenced by Japanese bonsai?
When you look at the trees in this post there’s a sense of wild naturalness that seems distinctly Chinese. A sensibility that dates back to the ancient poet-calligrapher hermits deep in the Cold Mountains. This connection doesn’t occur with most Japanese and Western bonsai (the exceptions are mostly Bunjin bonsai).
You might notice that most, if not all of the pots in this post could stand alone as art in their own right.
All of the photos are from Nail Sari’s facebook photo album titled Chinese Bonsai Ever… Unfortunately, none are attributed to the artist or labeled with the variety.
Expressing the primacy of nature; you can barely see the people who live in this magical forest.
This classic is available at Stone Lantern if you’d like to dig deeper into the art and history of Chinese bonsai.