2x2: 2 Artists, 2 Sketchbooks -- Week 27

There's a lovely geometric simplicity mixed with a bit of playfulness this week, I think.

2x2, 2x2 sketchbook, Dana Barbieri, Anne Butera
Dana (l), Anne (r)
I created my patchwork from cut up watercolor pages. I was inspired by quilt block patterns. Dana's painted page makes me think of knitting and embroidery, like a sweater made for those trees or chevrons embroidered with thick wool.

2x2, 2x2 sketchbook, Dana Barbieri, Anne Butera

And, strangely, popsicles (those yummy colors!). Guess I'm not entirely ready for summer to be over.

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.

*photos in this post by Dana Barbieri


  1. These are great Anne and complement each other perfectly mirroring the angular design. Great colour choices too! :-)

    1. Thank you, Simone! I'm glad you like them. It was fun to do my page and then to see what Dana came up with in response. It's always a surprise!

  2. That's a nice way to see those trees. I'm still not liking them but I'm okay with it too. I definitely love the colors you painted your patchwork with.

    1. Glad you're ok with not liking them. It's just a sketchbook page!

      I think it's fun. Your page. My page. The two together.

  3. These two pages are like best friends.


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