i agree and i dont think that comes from working with a mentor or going to club meets and listening to folks tell you what bonsai should be in their view. hell, i might not even like their work."You can't make a baby in month by getting nine women pregnant."
I'm in it for the journey. The hunter has to go home when he fills his bag limit. Most endeavors are like that. The thrill of the hunt; the chase; planning the next move; keeping one eye open for the next opportunity. If it ever becomes so easy that I can do it without fail, does the adrenaline just peter-out?
I'm hoping that one day I'll develop, "The Eye". That's what the Masters have that most people will never understand, much less achieve. The ability to look into a prospect, assemble a plan in his mind, then execute that plan and deliver a good looking tree in an hour or two. I learn a lot every year, change my direction a little, focus more on this or that with a little less shotgunning. Is the game over at the end of the journey?
all what you mentioned comes from looking at how trees in nature grow, studying good trees mainly in the style you like, seeing how the material started, what steps were taken to improve it, what were the options available.
if one is serious you will have many images of trees stored on a drive, wild trees, inspiring bonsai, your own bonsai. many folk cant be bothered with that part of it.
then wonder why they still cant see it.
it takes time to hone that eye, you need to continually be working on trees, not afraid to kill some on the way and learning from mistakes.you must be continually studying better trees. im sorry but i dont agree that having a mentor or going to club meets makes your trees better. or the best way to make your trees better.
i asked G potter one day how he got so good at carving, his answer was oh i must of done 100s n 100s of these!