Wednesday, October 21, 2015

2x2: 2 Artists, 2 Sketchbooks -- Week 28

I had lots of ideas for this week. But then when it came time to work on my page, I didn't feel like doing any of them. At nearly the last minute I had another idea.

2x2 Sketchbook, Dana Barbieri, Anne Butera, lino print, sketches, sketchbook, leaves
Dana (l), Anne (r)

I like to imagine that Dana's page is the first step in creating a design, sketching out ideas and studies of the plant (which to me looks like an African violet) and that my page is the next step, making a pattern of the leaves. I designed leaves to be a bit more quilted-looking than Dana's sketch (if you grow African violets, you know what I mean).

2x2 Sketchbook, Dana Barbieri, Anne Butera, lino print, sketches, sketchbook, leaves
Dana (l), Anne (r)

I wanted to get more of a contrast between the two greens, but the ink was not behaving. Even so it was fun and I'm happy with the result, despite the gloppy ink. I do enjoy lino cutting and printing and really should make more time for it.

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.

4 comments:

  1. Pencil and print! I like them both. Did you cut out two individual leaves Anne? Just think of all the patterns you can print out with them. They also remind me of mini trees! :-)

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    1. Thank you, Simone! I like them, too. I did just carve two leaves. A big one and a small one. LOTS of pattern possibilities with them! And color options, too. You're right; they do resemble trees!

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  2. So charming! Your collaboration is always a treat to see. And you should definitely do more lino cuts!

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    1. Thank you, Sharon! It's a treat to work on, too. Such fun. I'm planning my next lino cut now. ;)

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