I much admit I love bonsai trees. I really used the cascade bonsia approach to model for taking this one. I have always had a passion for asian cultures. The coloring on this is from lighting bouncing off a beautifully warm stained table (not shiny). Its a simple trick that works very nicely. You could also use or try different colors as long as its surface is not to reflective (think flats to satin). My table is old waxed flat finish. Try it sometime and let me know how it works for you. Kind regards.