Wednesday, September 28, 2011

VIDEO: Kevin Willson - Demo - Picea abies Part I

Kevin Willson is working on a yamadori spruce, a very difficult material. His technics and a feeling for design are just fantastic...and the result, the difference from start material and almost finished tree is unbelivable. When I was planing the workshop, I was thinking...let's see what will he do if I give him this terrible tree. And at the end...we all were just stunt with the result. The man is a genius. And, remember the film when Picasso is painting a bull on a piece of glass and the camera is from the other side, so you can see every stroke with a brush...I've had the same feeling while Kevin was doing a deadwood. In a few strokes with Makita, the straight and uninteresting parts just start to move. It is dinamic and misterious...simply fantastic. He is a virtuoso with Makita!
Just see the videos:

VIDEO: Kevin Willson - Demo - Picea abies Part II

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Shohin Maffia

Kevin Willson and guys from Shohin Maffia in my garden.
This weekend was special because of Kevin Willson's demo and workshop, but also, because I've had a great opportunity to meet and spend some time with our friends from Hungary, the guys from Shohin Maffia
These people are just amazing. Very nice, very friendly, they have spent the whole weekend with us watching Kevin's work on bonsai with great interest. I am very happy that I was just so lucky to meet these, thank you shohinmaffia for all your effort travelling so far to my garden. Now, I have new friends in Hungary that I'm proud of.
Thank you Balint and all of you people for wonderful bonsai pots that you make. These are very beautiful and very special.

Monday, September 26, 2011

Kevin Willson

Last weekend, we've had a special guest in our garden. Kevin Willson was here. What to say about the man everybody already knows...he is one of the most popular bonsai artists in the world today, a brilliant bonsai designer and technician, a true artist and nature lover, a free spirit, great personality, drawer, gardener...
To say the truth, I didn't expect such a package of different but in the same time compatible qualities.
We were laughing to tears, he knows to be so funny. We have learned so much about bonsai and especialy designing and making deadwood. His work with deadwood is second to none. A brilliant technician and teacher. Our whole group was amazed how many fantastic things and tricks we've learned in this few hours of his demo and workshop.
I have about 10 Gbytes of photos and videos with Kevin. I need some time to edit all this material.
First of all, you will see an incredible demonstration work on a Picea abies.
After that, I will post all videos one by one, as I manage to edit them. Probably every day or two I will do one. Till the end of week, everything will be here. Just for a start, a few photos of Kevin while he was drawing some of my trees. First video of Kevins demo...tomorrow.

Thank you Kevin Willson for everything. You didn't leave a trace on the trees only... you've carved our hearts with the most powerful tool of all...your free spirit.
From Croatia to you...we send our love and deepest respect.
Thank you

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Randy Knight and his beautiful wife with Walter Pall in my garden

We've had a nice evening in Zagreb. First photo is taken in front of St Marco's church in the old upper town of Zagreb.

In my garden...

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Kevin Willson Bistra 2011

For everybody who is coming to meet and work with Kevin Willson, the adress is:

Novaki Bistranski
Selska 43
10 298 Donja Bistra

We will be starting the saturday's demo and sunday's workshop at 10.00h.

Thank you!

See you soon.