2x2: 2 Artists, 2 Sketchbooks -- Week 26

Week 26. We're half-way through a year of sharing our collaborative sketchbooks with you.

This week was fun.

Dana does color play so well and her page was beautiful, but I had no idea what I was going to do in response to it. Her delicious blues reminded me of water. I had some blues on my paint palette and so I quickly painted three watercolor fish.

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And then I didn't know what to do next. I left them sit on the page for a few days and played around with different ideas before finally painting a light wash of blues and greens on top of them. I had no idea how the paint and paper would react and was a bit (happily) amazed that the wash on top the fish didn't budge their paint at all.

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I definitely want to paint more fish!

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. It's so pretty! I love how relaxed these pages are.

    1. I really like these, too, Dana. The blues are always so calming.

  2. Replies
    1. Thanks, Simone! It does have a nice, tranquil feeling.


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