2x2: 2 Artists, 2 Sketchbooks, Week 31

Dana's page for this week's spread was a delightful surprise.

2x2 Sketchbook, Dana Barbieri, Anne Butera, sketchbooks, artist collaborations, collage, drawing
Dana (l), Anne (r)

Her dramatic black paper cut-outs are the perfect accompaniment to my crazy doodle. I had fun making my page, but I didn't like the finished page as much as I liked the process. That is fine.

But what is wonderful about this collaboration is how the other artist brings a different perspective which ultimately changes the original page.

2x2 Sketchbook, Dana Barbieri, Anne Butera, sketchbooks, artist collaborations, collage, drawing
Dana (l), Anne (r)

Sometimes it works better than others. This week is one of those successes.

This week also marks the halfway point of our sharing the pages of the 2x2 Sketchbooks. It's really amazing to think how far we've come with the project.

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. I love the playfulness here, visually jumping back and forth across the pages.

    1. Thank you, Karen! I think this one is so fun, too!


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