Yesterday was a defining moment for this tree. The bonsai image as at last broke free from the original bush. This is a strong classical image with nice lines and well defined spaces. The heavy branches give a strong sense of age to the tree.
There is continuing work to do on refining the foliage clouds and the deadwood. A Shari will be introduced to improve visual taper, link deadwood and create more interest whilst helping to age the tree even more.
The purists would argue to remove one of the lower branches as they emerge from the trunk at the same point. In this instance I would retain both as it is well camouflaged and I think the branches together contribute to the overall powerful image of the tree.
Excellent progress and development……basically it’s what my bonsai school is all about!!