Ryan’s Back

It’s not looking good for me making it over to the Ryan Neil workshops at Willowbog Bonsai in April. I’m truly gutted about it.

I can’t see Ryan making it to the UK too often and this is a missed opportunity. Having done a workshop back in 2013 I know just what I’m going to be missing.

Here’s a taster from 2013, the videos from the demo day.


Video – Alcobendas 2014

Colin Lewis Exhibit Critique

These always make for interesting viewing.

Video – Burrs 2014 Part 3 (Final)


Video -Burrs 2014 Part 2

Video – Burrs 2014 Part 1

Bonsai eejit ALS Ice bucket Challenge

Thank you Peter Warren for nominating me for the ALS Ice bucket challenge. I have made my own donation to the Motor Neurone Disease Association here in the UK. I had no shortage of volunteers to do the icing and it was ICE water!!

Keeping this in the International Bonsai Community I now nominate Valentine Brose in Germany, Owen Reich in USA, and closer to home, Will Baddeley and Tony Tickle. Please donate to MND,  ALS, or another charity close to your heart.

Lets all remember where this Ice Bucket Challenge started, with Pete Frates

Here you go folks enjoy :-)

Bonsai Art of Japan 42

Gotta Love a Tree Critique

Maybe it’s just me but I love it when someone takes the time to video a show critique session, especially when they fight their way to the front :-) Thanks of bonsai magazine

It’s always interesting to see what different artists chose to comment on, and we can all learn from that. It’s not always about the quality of the trees but about display in general. This series of videos from the Prairie State Show has Walter Pall and Jim Doyle in full flow. Walter always makes it interesting and Jim has a honest way of putting his information across. The camera zoom/focus noise is a real pain but stick with it and you soon filter it out as the critique progresses.

JP at Work