2×2: 2 Artists, 2 Sketchbooks//Week 3

Dana(l)/Anne(r)

Dana(l)/Anne(r)

This week I was stumped as to what to create in response to Anne’s lovely drawing of cyclamen. Nothing was really coming to me. As the deadline to send the image to Anne was approaching I was getting a bit nervous.

I got out the sketchbook and decided it was time to do it. The idea to do a large loose meandering stroke came. I pictured it as something more solid but then as I was painting I decided I really liked the brushstrokes showing. It wasn’t until I was done that I realized it really did coordinate well with Anne’s drawing. I noticed the curves from her hand lettering were picked up in the curves of my lines and the brushstrokes in a way mimic the texture in her pot.
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I really like the juxtaposition of Anne’s delicate line work and my big broad brush strokes.

Don’t forget to stop by Anne’s blog and see what she thinks about week 3. __________________________________________________________________________________

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 2

Week2

Dana(l)/Anne(r)

2×2: 2 Artists, 2 Sketchbooks//Week 2. Anne’s Sketchbook.

Kitty love. I love cats. I think they have such varied personalities, colors and even shapes. I enjoy drawing them. Not to be realistic but in a stylized way.   I love the paper kitty that Anne created. It sits so wonderfully with my kitty. Don’t they look like two chummy cats? Like they are deciding on what trouble they may get into. Maybe some yarn? :)

Don’t forget to stop by Anne’s blog and see what she thinks about this week. __________________________________________________________________________________

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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April MATS Assignment Bootcamp

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This April assignment was so much fun. It’s a real live brief given by Lilla Rogers. A lucky student will have their design be used for the promotion of The Global Art Gathering.

I began researching Brighton as best as I could. I’ve never been but from what I gathered it’s a fun, creative seaside town. I had been working in my sketchbook with paper (some of it letters for the mini assignment) and so I kept to that medium.

The poster is big, 20″x30″ so the thought of creating it all traditionally and getting the color palette right was a bit daunting. So I decided to take the traditional into Photoshop.

I laid out all of the pieces mostly to scale to get a basic idea of the layout. photo 11
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I then edited it in PS. It was a ton of fun to do at that point since there were so many possibilities. That’s one thing I love about the computer.

I hope you enjoyed a bit of the behind the scenes of creating the design. :)

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Recent Daily Sketchbook

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My recent Daily Sketchbook pages have been all about paper. I can’t even remember why had the paper out but I’m glad I did. I have so much of it and hadn’t been inspired to use it for so long but then once I started to play with it I couldn’t stop. It’s fun to create something out of a simple piece of paper.

I’m nearing the end of my current sketchbook and I’m debating on which one I will use next. I can’t even believe that I’m already over 100 days into this project (and the year). Other daily “sketchbookers” that I follow on Instagram really help to keep me motivated and interested in this project and really just doing it keeps me going if that makes any sense.

Wishing you a wonderful weekend.

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2×2:2 Artists, 2 Sketchbooks//Week 1

Week1

Dana (l)/Anne(r)

 

2×2: 2 Artists, 2 Sketchbooks//Week 1. Anne’s Sketchbook.

I love all of the papers that Anne used on the first page of her sketchbook. It feels very playful to me. Anne was so great to include a generous selection of paper for me to use for this collaboration if I see fit.

I decided to cut up a map she sent for the blue shapes since it tied in with all of the blues she used and the map as well. The shape came about from some of her doodles along the bottom of the page. The black just seemed appropriate here.  Don’t forget to stop by Anne’s blog and see what she thinks about this first week. __________________________________________________________________________________

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. A collaboration.

 

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I don’t think you will be surprised that I have started another sketchbook project. This project is very exciting because as you can see in the title there are 2 artists involved. Read all about it below. We will officially begin posting next Wednesday and every Wednesday there after. I will share my thoughts and the image here and Anne will be posting to her blog here.  I’m so excited to start this new project and share it with you.

Welcome to 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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Hello

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How’s it going? Daily Sketchbook pages have continued during our spring break. I tried to experiment with a very old calligraphy fountain pen. It was junked up and the new (but old) cartridge just wouldn’t flow. So I used my equally old calligraphy marker and it was fine.
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Then I quickly switched to drawing lots of owls because a friend asked me to do a painting of an owl for her but I had never drawn/painted one before. I started to really love these birds. I still haven’t done the painting but I have time.

I’ll be back on Wednesday with a special announcement. For now on our last day of play it’s supposed to finally be warm and sunny so we plan to get out and enjoy it.

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