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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2×2: 2 Artists, 2 Sketchbooks//Week 11

Week 11

Dana (L)/Anne (R)

Isn’t this 2×2 spread perfect for this time of the year? It’s so funny to think that Anne created this beautifully detailed page back when the cold wind and snow were blowing and now it makes it debut during these early summer days.

I was so happy to work on this page. I hadn’t painted in awhile since I was focusing on drawing in my Daily Sketchbook ( a post to come on that ) and it felt incredibly good to paint Buzz.

Week 11 Detail

Please go visit Anne’s post and see what she had to say about it.
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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 10

Week 10

My computer was out for repair and I’m behind on posting. This is week 10 of 2×2. I didn’t not like the page I had created for this week but of course it was done so I let it be. When I saw what Anne created I just ended up loving the whole thing. I love blue and white together and the contrast is just perfect.

Week 10 detail

Be sure to go see the cool thing Anne created with this layout. :)

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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 9

Week 9 Detail

Dana (L)/Anne (R)


To be honest I had no idea what to create to go with Anne’s moss page. The deadline was looming and I was getting a bit worried.
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We spent Saturday planting some flowers and now it was Sunday and the weather was beautiful. The kids were busy and I decided to go outside and sit in front of those plants and sketch some to go with Anne’s moss. It was wonderful to sit there beneath the blue sky and sunshine and look at the plants closer then the day before.

Make sure you stop by Anne’s blog to see her post on this weeks pairing.
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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 8

Week 8 Square

Dana (L)/Anne(R)

Hello and welcome to week 8 of 2×2. I was pleasantly surprised when I opened this spread. Of course I had no idea what page was up next and circles are always fun. It definitely reminds me of summer which we aren’t experiencing here at all.

Week 8 Detail

I created my layered circles with gouache in a watercolor technique. Stop by Anne’s blog to learn how she created her page.
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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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