2x2: 2 Artists, 2 Sketchbooks -- Week 22

Although I said that I need more practice with gouache, I haven't taken the time to do it. This week's page, though, was a perfect chance for me to try it again.

2x2, #2x2sketchbook, gouache paintings, plant paintings, Dana Barbieri, Anne Butera
Dana (l), Anne (r)
I used my rubber plant as a model for the plant painting I made as a partner for Dana's.

2x2, #2x2sketchbook, gouache paintings, plant paintings, Dana Barbieri, Anne Butera
Dana (l), Anne (r)

I forgot how much darker gouache gets when it dries and so I spent a bit too much time trying to lighten my grey background and "perfect" the pot. I still feel very awkward and don't really have a good feel for how to keep the paint at the right consistency. Even so, it was fun to create this page and I think the two plants make a fun pair.

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.


  1. I love your gouache painting. It is different than your other ones but very artistic. it will look beautiful when is framed.

    1. Thanks, Aga! It was fun to try something new. I'm working on a few other gouache paintings, experimenting with a look that is very different from my other art. I hope I'll like them as much as I do this one.


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