Wednesday, June 10, 2015

2x2: 2 Artists, 2 Sketchbooks -- Week 9

Each week when I open up Dana's email, her photos surprise me . This week the first photo to pop up was a detail shot:

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Dana (l), Anne (r)

Delightful. The pop of red on her page and the echoed chartreuse are just right.

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Dana (l), Anne (r)

I had such fun painting my moss swatches. I had been working on painting moss in watercolor terrariums (like the ones here and later, here) and carried the experimentation over to this sketchbook, too. I wasn't sure how the watercolor would work on these pages. Not wonderfully, but it was fine.

This spread is like a nature journal, something I've always wanted to keep, but never tried. Maybe someday.

Be sure to stop by Dana's blog for her take on this week's pages.


*photos in this post by Dana Barbieri


About the project:

2x2: 2 Artists, 2 Sketchbooks is 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 lefthand 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.

5 comments:

  1. I like the contrast of the moss with the salvia. It really does look like a botanical journal viewing these two pages! :-)

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    1. Thanks, Simone! I like the contrast, too.

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  2. Beautiful!! A wonderful project!!

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    1. Thank you, Judy! I'm loving this project, too!

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  3. Gorgeous and magical pages! Beautiful collaboration!

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