2x2: 2 Artists, 2 Sketchbooks -- Week 18

Playing with patterns this week.

2x2, 2x2 Sketchbook, #2x2Sketchbook, sketchbook, painting, Dana Barbieri, Anne Butera
Dana (l), Anne (r)

I decided to do a coordinating pattern to Dana's and, inspired by Dana's white on black from last week, I first painted my page with black acrylic and then painted my motifs in gouache on top of the black. I especially liked the black line-y flowers on Dana's page and made a similar flower my main motif in white.

2x2, 2x2 Sketchbook, #2x2Sketchbook, sketchbook, painting, Dana Barbieri, Anne Butera

It was fun. I've been a bit obsessed with pattern-making lately and so this page was timely.

Don't forget to check out Dana's blog for her take on this week's pages!

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.


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    1. I know! The making of it and the finished pages! :)

  2. Wonderful colours. You both work so well together. :-)

    1. Thanks so much, Simone! It's been a fun journey so far and it's exciting to think that there's still so many more pages to go. Oh, the possibilities!


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