Keith Haring and Me

At a recent Genesis Art Workshop, I told the story about my relationship to Keith Haring, the artist who decorated the New York subway stations and trains I used to ride daily from Brooklyn to my job at Columbia University. That was nearly 30 years ago. A few years before Keith Haring tragically died of […]

Stretching with Art

Sunday September 6th, 5:30-830 pm Sun and Moon Yoga Studio, Gotanda Join Liane for a stretch of your creativity using the Genesis Cards. This is an introductory workshop focusing on what the Genesis Cards can do to make your thinking more flexible, your creativity expansive, and your higher wisdom more apparent through the art you […]

Hicksville Surprise

What are the chances? The new cafe in our cafe-less neighborhood is — to be expected — a smash success. A bright spot on a defunct shopping street that has been taken over by a chain of daycare centers for the aged, the first time I saw the welcoming woody storefront I thought it was […]

Cherry Blossom Surprise

Are you feeling soft and mushy from taking endless photos of the sakura here in beautiful Tokyo? If so, let me teach you how to transform your photos into beautiful paintings full of spirit at  Genesis Art Studio on  Monday 4/20. Two hours of painting and learning about the intuitive world of painting the world both […]

A Gift from My Grandmother

In a few weeks my son graduates from Wako elementary school. You can see his school bag here. For the last 11 years our family has had a continuous affiliation with this school, so different from my own education back in New York. Not better or worse, just different. And it confused me at times. […]

When is a Rose More than a Rose?

Maya Moore, the author of The Rose Garden of Fukushima seems to think roses have special effects. Amazing coincidences keep coming up for her ever since she committed to writing a book in loving tribute to a world-class rose garden in Fukushima that no longer exists–owing to the nuclear disaster that occurred 8 kilometers away. […]

Heart to Heart Workshop

Heart to Heart: A Partners’ Art and Discussion Workshop March 15, April 12 (national holiday) 2:30-4:30 pm Fee: ¥5,000 per couple (Partner = couples, spouses, friends, parent-children, siblings. All welcome!) Location: Genesis Art Studio, Wakabayashi Heim 2nd Floor 2-26-8 Taito 6 minutes from JR Okachimachi station, Hibiya or Ginza lines Reservations: 090-4122-6626 or email: liane@axel.ocn.ne.jp […]

Seven Principles of Genesis Art Workshops

As a journalist, a deck of cards helped me become more creative and find more enjoyment from my work. At first it was someone else’s deck and over time, the deck became one I made myself. You may have this deck now. It’s called the Genesis Cards. And in the future, I hope you’ll have […]

The Gift of a Smile

As I look at these before and after drawings, I am reminded of the power of “a million dollar smile.” A smile makes you smile. A smile is warmth and it lights you up and catches you in its curves. KB, the artist who made this wonderful intuitive sketch left the studio smiling herself. KB […]

Timeless Bliss and a Bouquet of Color

  I love sharing what I’ve learned over the years about rubbing up against the mystery of the drawn and painted object. When we  step out of the everyday world of what we know about a flower, a stem and leaf, and a vase, we are free to draw out the essence of the object, […]