Friday, July 31, 2009

Ikebana lessons 07/31/2009

(1) Wei, fig branches, kensan nashi, Fig tree branches

(2), (3), (4) Millie
Millie is from Virginia. She traveled with her husband to CA. On their way back, they stayed in Phoenix for a couple of days, so she can take a few lessons. Well done.

The key in kensan nashi (without kensan), you need to find the point to maintain balance. One way to find the balance point is to create one. Let branches lean against each other and create a slight tension between them. Two much tension will lead to distortion and the branches will twist and turn over. If no tension, the branches will just fall down.

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Ikebana lessons 07/24/2009

(1) Sandy: Consider the color of the container.
Red glass container, red hanging amaranthus, kiwi vine (dry, gold colored), dry bird of paradise, lily.

(2), (3), Wei: free style. Pussy willow, amaranthus, snap dragon, ceramic container.

(4) Kelly, vertical arrangement.

(5) Yuko, free style

(6) Linda, No. 2 variation, upright

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Ikebana lessons 07/17/2009

(1), (2) Sandy and Yuko: same color tone (cool color), delphinium (light and dark blue), eryngiun planum alpinum blue.

(3) Wei, free style, sketch and arrange

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Ikebana lessons 07/10/2009, free style

(1) Yuko, (2) Sandy: fan palm leave, kangaroo paw, dendrobium, eucalyptus blooming

Same materials, two distinctively different arrangement. Good jobs.

(3) Wei, view from all angles

Ikebana lessons 07/10/2009, kakeiho study

(1), (2) Kelly: Kakeiho review, No. 2 slanting moribana, No. 6 slanting nageire

(3), (4) Linda: Kakeiho study, No. 1 slanting moribana, No. 1 upright nageire

Saturday, July 4, 2009