2×2: 2 Artists, 2 Sketchbooks//Week 16

Week 16

Dana (l)/Anne(r)

I can’t remember when I created this sketchbook page for 2×2 but I love how much this feels like a summer spread. I do remember having such a great time painting these small abstract landscapes with acrylic and seeing them again alongside Anne’s pretty watercolor landscapes makes me want to get outside and paint some more.
Week 16 Detail
These colors feel so calm and soothing on these very warm summer days. I love looking at them.

See Anne’s post for this week here.
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2×2: 2 artists, 2 sketchbooks, a collaboration between artists Dana Barbieri and Anne Butera.

Dana and Anne met in an online painting class. Although they have never met in person they have become friends through regular visits to each others blogs. It was through this connection that this project began.
Wanting to move from friendship to collaboration, each spent two months filling one half of a sketchbook
before mailing it off to the other. Dana worked on the left-hand pages and Anne on the right. Each will be responding to the other’s work on the adjacent sketchbook pages over the coming year. Watch weekly as they reveal another page of their story.

About the artists:

Dana is an artist and crafter living in the foothills of the Catskill mountains two hours north of New York City with her husband, two children and little kitty. She is passionate about painting, knitting, crochet, color, pattern and design.

Anne is an artist, writer and crafter who finds inspiration and joy in the beauty of her garden and the magic of nature. Dissatisfied with and disheartened by the pace and lifestyle of the city, she and her husband (with their two rescued greyhounds and an aging Siamese) relocated to a small town in the beautiful Driftless region in southwest Wisconsin with the goal of living a slower, simpler, more intentional life.

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2×2: 2 Artists, 2 Sketchbooks//Week 15

Week 15
I had so much fun this week sketching patterns to go along with Anne’s watercolor stripes that I didn’t want to stop. I would love to repeat a few of these patterns out.
Week 15 Detail
Be sure to stop by Anne’s blog to see her post this week.
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2×2: 2 artists, 2 sketchbooks, a collaboration between artists Dana Barbieri and Anne Butera.

Dana and Anne met in an online painting class. Although they have never met in person they have become friends through regular visits to each others blogs. It was through this connection that this project began.
Wanting to move from friendship to collaboration, each spent two months filling one half of a sketchbook
before mailing it off to the other. Dana worked on the left-hand pages and Anne on the right. Each will be responding to the other’s work on the adjacent sketchbook pages over the coming year. Watch weekly as they reveal another page of their story.

About the artists:

Dana is an artist and crafter living in the foothills of the Catskill mountains two hours north of New York City with her husband, two children and little kitty. She is passionate about painting, knitting, crochet, color, pattern and design.

Anne is an artist, writer and crafter who finds inspiration and joy in the beauty of her garden and the magic of nature. Dissatisfied with and disheartened by the pace and lifestyle of the city, she and her husband (with their two rescued greyhounds and an aging Siamese) relocated to a small town in the beautiful Driftless region in southwest Wisconsin with the goal of living a slower, simpler, more intentional life.

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2×2: 2 Artists, 2 Sketchbooks//Week 14

Week 14

Dana (l)/Anne (r)


I have such a crush on all of these kitchen items. I keep thinking of an awesome tea towel or fabric when I look at our two pages. Orange and blue makes me happy. The paper pieces Anne created make me want to touch the page. Now I’m inspired to create another page of kitchen items in my Daily Sketchbook.
Stop by Anne’s blog to see what she thinks this week.
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2×2: 2 artists, 2 sketchbooks, a collaboration between artists Dana Barbieri and Anne Butera.

Dana and Anne met in an online painting class. Although they have never met in person they have become friends through regular visits to each others blogs. It was through this connection that this project began.
Wanting to move from friendship to collaboration, each spent two months filling one half of a sketchbook
before mailing it off to the other. Dana worked on the left-hand pages and Anne on the right. Each will be responding to the other’s work on the adjacent sketchbook pages over the coming year. Watch weekly as they reveal another page of their story.

About the artists:

Dana is an artist and crafter living in the foothills of the Catskill mountains two hours north of New York City with her husband, two children and little kitty. She is passionate about painting, knitting, crochet, color, pattern and design.

Anne is an artist, writer and crafter who finds inspiration and joy in the beauty of her garden and the magic of nature. Dissatisfied with and disheartened by the pace and lifestyle of the city, she and her husband (with their two rescued greyhounds and an aging Siamese) relocated to a small town in the beautiful Driftless region in southwest Wisconsin with the goal of living a slower, simpler, more intentional life.

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2×2: 2 Artists, 2 Sketchbooks//Week 13

Week 13

I was drawn into the quilt block collage that Anne made for this week. I kept thinking I wanted to paint flowers to go along with it so I cut a few nasturtiums from the yard and went ahead and painted them with gouache. Yellow is always a bit challenging but I like it paired with the soft blue background.
Week 13 Detail
After I completed it I thought I really should of painted a small tossed floral pattern to mimic a sheet and quilt combo.

Stop by Anne’s blog to see her post this week.

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2×2: 2 artists, 2 sketchbooks, a collaboration between artists Dana Barbieri and Anne Butera.

Dana and Anne met in an online painting class. Although they have never met in person they have become friends through regular visits to each others blogs. It was through this connection that this project began.
Wanting to move from friendship to collaboration, each spent two months filling one half of a sketchbook
before mailing it off to the other. Dana worked on the left-hand pages and Anne on the right. Each will be responding to the other’s work on the adjacent sketchbook pages over the coming year. Watch weekly as they reveal another page of their story.

About the artists:

Dana is an artist and crafter living in the foothills of the Catskill mountains two hours north of New York City with her husband, two children and little kitty. She is passionate about painting, knitting, crochet, color, pattern and design.

Anne is an artist, writer and crafter who finds inspiration and joy in the beauty of her garden and the magic of nature. Dissatisfied with and disheartened by the pace and lifestyle of the city, she and her husband (with their two rescued greyhounds and an aging Siamese) relocated to a small town in the beautiful Driftless region in southwest Wisconsin with the goal of living a slower, simpler, more intentional life.

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2×2: 2 Artists, 2 Sketchbooks//Week 12

Week 12 Square

Dana(L)/Anne(R)

Happy July! It’s week 12 of 2×2. I glued a down piece of flocked patterned paper. I decided to paint a little more of the pattern. Anne took it to a whole different level with her pretty block print on paint. Doesn’t she make block printing look like so much fun?
Week 12 Detail

Don’t forget to visit Anne and see what she has to share this week.
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2×2: 2 artists, 2 sketchbooks, a collaboration between artists Dana Barbieri and Anne Butera.

Dana and Anne met in an online painting class. Although they have never met in person they have become friends through regular visits to each others blogs. It was through this connection that this project began.
Wanting to move from friendship to collaboration, each spent two months filling one half of a sketchbook
before mailing it off to the other. Dana worked on the left-hand pages and Anne on the right. Each will be responding to the other’s work on the adjacent sketchbook pages over the coming year. Watch weekly as they reveal another page of their story.

About the artists:

Dana is an artist and crafter living in the foothills of the Catskill mountains two hours north of New York City with her husband, two children and little kitty. She is passionate about painting, knitting, crochet, color, pattern and design.

Anne is an artist, writer and crafter who finds inspiration and joy in the beauty of her garden and the magic of nature. Dissatisfied with and disheartened by the pace and lifestyle of the city, she and her husband (with their two rescued greyhounds and an aging Siamese) relocated to a small town in the beautiful Driftless region in southwest Wisconsin with the goal of living a slower, simpler, more intentional life.

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Carving Out Time for Art

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Awhile back the lovely Marissa Huber asked me to be a part of a series of interviews she was doing that focused on being a mom and an artist. I immediately said yes since I am passionate about both of these roles that many women live. :) She titled the series “Carving Out Time for Art”. I am so very honored to be featured amongst a really great group of artists. Thank you Marissa.

It certainly can be challenging to find time to create art while mothering little ones but as you will read in her series it is possible and in many cases necessary.

Here is the link to my interview and here is the link to the whole series. Enjoy!

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Daily Sketchbook Lately

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Life has been a swirl of end of the year activities and finally summer break is here. Yay! I’ve continued to work in my sketchbook every day and as of today I’ve hit I think 174 days.
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I’ve been spending time on drawing. Lots of blind contour drawings which are always amazing to me. I love doing them.
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I’ve been bouncing around with subject matter but to me the practice is the point. There certainly is an endless supply of things to create and very often I just have to pick quickly. And of course it is relaxation inducing. Day by day the number creeps up and I just keep focusing on it day by day and not think of all the days to come. Off to do my page for today.

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