Saturday, March 24, 2012

Guest Post - Genea Crivello-Knable

by Genea Crivell-Knable

Hello friends!

I must say how flattered I was to be asked to write a guest post here in this lovely community. When asked to post I really had no idea where to start so Izzy suggested I write on what inspires me.  Well I would have to say what inspires me is everything around me really....  especially COLOR.


Color spectrum chart.

My "Wing Ding" style beads in a rainbow of colors. I think artists are given special eyes to view the world closely, differently than the average person. I heard that people perceive color differently. I never realized I had a knack for picking colors until I had a friend that didn't have that same gift. I guess sometimes we don't realize certain things we have are gifts and don't realize that not everyone has them. I feel I get my artistic gift and color sense from my mother, whom is an artist as well. Here is a picture of one of her paintings she made me for Christmas. I look at it every day since it hangs just above my computer. It is no wonder I had the idea to see how it translated into glass!


Here is a picture of mom's painting and my bead inspired by her work.


I took this bead a step further and created a pendant so that my mom could wear my interpretation of her painting around her neck. Sometimes I am inspired by scrapbook paper. A certain color palette or pattern might catch my eye. I generally pick up the paper and stick it on my studio wall for inspiration or maybe just walking past it will inspire an idea right away.


I saw this paper at Hobby Lobby and picked it up since I loved the colors. This design and color palette turned into my "Retro Daisy" design! Aren't these colors yummy?! Sometimes my own work inspires me to move in different directions. For instance I created this set of "Tornado Candy" beads back in 2009.


In 2012 I decided to re-visit this design only I started out by making a large focal size. When starting the new design in a focal size, I kept getting ideas so I pushed the design a little further each time until I had created 3 new styles from just a single idea!


From Left to Right:"Tornado Candy", "Tornado Candy Ruffle", "Tornado Candy Ruffle Button", and "Tornado Candy Ruffle Daisy". I truly love bright colors, so naturally that is my color palette of choice. My very favorite colors are lime green and aqua. So sometimes when I have a design idea I start out creating them in my favorite colors. I then like to add in some other favorites like coraly pink or orchid purple. See how well they seem to complement each other?!


I also enjoy working in more earthy colors as well like in my "Desert Serpent" design. Earthy ivory with a smack of rainbow colors.


My newest inspiration comes from one of your very own Love My Art Jewelry artist and designer, StaciSmith! We recently did a bead swap and I received these amazing beads from her.


I was so inspired by them I began to color match my glass to her work and create a special bead set!


We were both so excited about this idea that we are doing a very special project together that we will be revealing  on our blogs soon! I hope that reading this post helps  you put on your "artist eyes" so you can  take a deeper look at the world around you and be INSPIRED!

xo Genea

You can find Genea on:

her website,

and Facebook.


stacilouise said...

Its always sooo amazing to see where peoples inspiration comes from. I think the painting your mom did, and your bead are amazing. What a wonderful treat for her! I cannot wait to get our project done and running.....very fun and exciting to collaborate. Thanks for sharing!!!

My Life Under the Bus said...

This post is going to combust with awesomeness....OMG so much eye candy!!! You are both quite fantastic! Love your inspiration! XOXO

Artisan Beads Plus said...

Great post! I love everything that you made..... I'm particularly fond of what you made for your Mom :o) I am looking forward to seeing what you create with that awesome color palette that you have picked out to go with Staci's focal.

Genea said...

Staci- I agree! I love that painting. My mom swiped it for the upstairs hall so I have a different on on my wall now. Yeah, I need to go back and make more beads inspired by her paintings. So much to do, so little time!

I can't wait for our project to get movin too! Almost done making beads! Then I need to blog!

Thanks so much Patricia! Yay! I just kinda started writing and it turned out pretty well. We need to get some stuff fixed on it though. It's missing stuff!

Thanks Mary Ann!

:D It was fun to create something for her!

Yeah, it's going to be pretty exciting! We will be releasing news soon!

Linda said...

What a delightful post, Genea! Colors are my biggest inspiration too, so I really enjoyed and identified with what you wrote. I keep a color scrapbook. The pictures maybe of scarves, dinner dishes or a pillow, but the colors inspire my designs.

I really love the earrings with the corkscrew-like glass. So inventive!

Libby Leuchtman said...

Love all the eye candy. Good to see you here girlfriend!

Kelli said...

LOVE all the color!!! Your Mom's painting, and your bead... WOW!!! I just love that color combination!! Thanks so much for joining us!!

mairedodd said...

really terrific genea - thank you so much for talking about your inspiration and work here...

somethingunique said...

I just love this are such an amazing artist Miss Genea...your lampwork creations always have me in you took your moms painting and created your own interpretation WOW!!!!! Always enjoy what inspires other and the two of you are sure to inspire many with your awesomeness....xox

Barbara said...

Love how unique your approach is to your work Genea! Your color sense and your dedication to your craft is so inspiring! Thanks for posting with us! It is truly an honor to have you here and as my friend!


Stacie Florer said...

So beautiful and so HAPPY too! The colors are pure and clear...what a wonderful post about your inspiration...thank you so much!!

Malin de Koning said...

Lovely post Genea!

And I am so much looking forward to see more of your cooperation with Staci. Dream team!

Genea said...

Hey Linda!

I'm so glad you liked the post! That's a great idea incase you get stumped later on!

Thanks about the earrings! They were some of my favs! The waviness of them is actually rubber tubing ;)

Thanks Libby! Thanks for stopping by!

Thanks so much Kelli! Thanks for having me! It was really awesome to post here :D

Thanks so much Marie! I was so glad to share!

Thanks so much Lana! You always have such wonderful and kind words for me! Thanks so much for being an amazing friend! xoxo

Genea said...

Hey Barbara!

Awww thanks! Thanks so much for your kind words, they mean a lot to me! It's such an honor to be here! Thanks for being my creative friend too, B! xoxo

Hey Stacie! Yay for beautiful and happy! That is what I aim for for sure! Thank you so much for taking the time to stop by!

Hey Malin!

Thanks so much! I'm so excited to share! I have been SUPER busy at work with it and having so much fun!

For sure! It's been such a treat already!


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