Life in the Fast Lane

I was at the post office yesterday, went up to the counter and asked for some stamps. The postal worker went right to work. She slammed open a drawer, fumbled for a sheet of stamps, tore off two with a flourish, and handed them to me with one hand, taking change with the other. You’d […]

Portraits of Courage

I have a soft spot for George W Bush’s new book, a monograph of his paintings paying tribute to injured veterans who served the country while he was president. It takes a big man to apologize and an even greater one to linger over a canvas with a wet paint brush while faces of these […]

Ready to turn your photos of cherry blossoms into paintings?

If you’re like me, you have countless photographs of sakura. How can we not resist the temptation to snap away? And yet what becomes of those photographs? Well, I think I’ve found a happy solution–paint them! Come join me for a relaxing few hours where I’ll show you a technique for painting flowers that will […]

When the power animal appears powerless

At Ueno Zoo 10/30 I had a drawing experience like nothing I’ve ever had before and it made me mighty uncomfortable. I had chosen as my “power animal” a rather jovial duck who struck me in taking a pose I know well from yoga–Vrksasana, or tree pose. An interesting aside about tree pose. The great […]

Cultivating the Inner Smile

Make a self-portrait that you will just love hanging on your wall! Self-Portraiture is such a pleasure when you realize that you don’t need a mirror to catch a likeness of who you really are. This is one of my favorite exercises, as it reaches to the heart of Genesis Art –cultivating the inner smile. […]

Flight of the Power Animal

There’s an exercise we do at the zoo for drawing our “power animal” and it’s surprising to see what animals that artists unconsciously choose to guide them back to recognition of the immensity of their intuitive awareness. Here’s one beautiful story about how an artist drew flamingos after circling the zoo looking for a “stronger” […]

Paradise in the City: Join a Genesis Art Workshop in Shinjuku Gyoen

When: Sunday October 16th 1:00-5:00 pm Where: Shinjuku Gyoen, Sendagaya and Genesis Art Studio, Akihabara Fee: ¥3,000 Reservations accepted till Saturday night 12 pm.   This time of year is magical. The days are getting cooler. The colors of autumn are firing the imagination. Join me this Sunday October 16th for a spectacular afternoon drawing […]

A Dialogue with Trees in Ueno

At Genesis Art Workshops we draw a lot of trees because they are so soothing and calming. You can get to better know yourself through your own relationship with trees. I will be offering a workshop on October 10th on this deepening theme of trees. Ueno Park’s leafy green sanctuary will be our drawing setting, offering  us so much […]

Intuitive drawing at an Indian Concert Sunday 9/11

  Live Concert in Eikota, Tokyo, 9/11/2016   Marina Ahmad Indian Music Concert-and drawing:  from 5:00-6:00 pm. A little girl noticed I was drawing from her seat at the edge of Marina’s makeshift cloth-covered stage. The seat next to me was empty and it didn’t take much time for the sweet girl, Himaru, to sidle […]

Drawing Sunflowers As Far As the Eye Can See

An intuitive drawing workshop with Liane Wakabayashi and the Genesis Cards When: Sunday 9/4 14:00-17:00 Where: Kiyose Sunflower Festival, Shimo Kioto 3-chome, Kiyose-shi, Saitama Participation Fee: ¥3,000 Ready to feel like Vincent van Gogh for an afternoon? Even if you haven’t drawn a single flower in years–if not decades, this is an amazing chance to […]