A Luxury Country Inn - Umbria

It’s Time to Pause…continued – Part 2

 …to reminisce, to indulge more fully than was possible at the time, in the delicious afterglow of so many happy memories of 2017. More than making New Year resolutions, I like to take a look back on the past year to remember, to put in perspective, to fully understand, to appreciate, to reflect…and to be grateful!  I especially like to …


May 2016 View from Genius Loci Country Inn

10th Anniversary Celebration

As Genius Loci celebrates its 10th season, I have enjoyed pouring through old photographs and am so very pleased to share visual moments of and some thoughts from this amazing adventure. Even with our clear vision for an inviting inn, anchored in but not limited to, Umbrian tradition (its rural setting,  antique building materials, architectural details, no-fuss furnishings, and colors), reaching our …


Jolie Gordon – Photographer

Jolie Gordon – a new member of the Genius Loci family                courtesy of Julie Thomas                                    Jolie Gordon – a new member of the Genius Loci family “Art is the expression or application of human creative skill …


What is Art?

What is Art? “Art is the expression or application of human creative skill and imagination, often, but not always, in a visual form.”  The debate on the definition of art has raged forever.  I embrace this rather all-encompassing definition, believing that “the expression or application of human creative skill and imagination” is the key, whether that skill and imagination is …


Creative Energy – Part 3

  The Making of A Portrait www.trevornewman.com setting up the background One of the most fascinating sessions/lessons of the Australian Art Workshop Tour at Genius Loci last September…was the Portrait Session…with Michael asked to be the model.  As the group circled all around, armed with their sketch pads and paints, the techniques and pointers of drawing portraits were explained and …


Creative Energy – Part 2

Meet the pleasant, enthusiastic, fun, motivated and talented art students of professional artist, Trevor Newman, during Trevor’s Art Tour / Workshop at Genius Loci in September.  This group in the utmost sense of an Art Workshop, produced collectively an exciting atmosphere of creative energy at Genius Loci.  With each other they sketched, prepped, painted, struggled , failed and triumphed…discussed, commented, …


Nancy Thomson – Artist

As pleasant and charming as she is talented, art lover and Northern California artist Nancy Thomson was a recent guest at Genius Loci.  In keeping with our inn’s tradition of attracting a disproportionate number of artists, she is a talented and inspired artist with a very personal style.   Even in our interesting casual conversations on myriad topics and in …