Wednesday, November 25, 2015

2x2: 2 Artists, 2 Sketchbooks -- Week 33

This week's pages makes me want to PAINT!

2x2 Sketchbook, sketchbooks, collaborations, watercolor, Dana Barbieri, Anne Butera
Dana (l), Anne (r)
Is it confusing that the "inspiration" page (the one done first) isn't always on the right? Reading left-to-right doesn't give the story of how the pages were created. Not that it really matters. The way we describe the pages in our posts usually makes that clear.

Anyway, this week was fun for me to do, painting clouds on watercolor paper. Kind of fitting for right now (even though I painted my clouds months and months ago) with the beautiful wintry skies we've been having.

Watercolors work so much better on actual watercolor paper than on the pages of our sketchbook -- just look at the gorgeous effects on Dana's page. Those colors are so yummy, too.

2x2 Sketchbook, sketchbooks, collaborations, watercolor, Dana Barbieri, Anne Butera
Dana (l), Anne (r)
Makes me want to just sit down and play with color. With water. Let the paint do its thing. A great exercise if you don't known what to paint or if you're not really in the mood, either. Calming. Soothing. Perfect if you have only a few minutes to create (during the bustle of the holidays?). Hint. Hint. Doesn't it make you feel like picking up brushes and paper, too?

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

10 comments:

  1. That's kinda all I want to do right now. :)

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  2. Yes! It does make me want to pick up brushes Anne! I love both pages - the strips on the left with their descriptions and the fluffy diary of a cloud on the right. I feel light and airy just looking at the pages. :-)

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    1. Thank you, Simone! Maybe you'll get out your paints and brushes! :)

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  3. Love your Diary of a Cloud, Anne. It could be a metaphor for life, don't you think? Pink days of joy, gray blue days of sadness, a bright orange burst of excitement over some unexpected delight. And so on. Dennis and I were just speaking of water color today. He's started a new watercolor commission and suggested I come into his studio and paint with him. First time ever he's suggested that. I am NOT a painter. However, I think it would be fun to try painting a Christmas tree. Not sure why that appeals to me. . . but it does. Hugs, Anne, and Happy Thanksgiving!

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    1. Thank you, Nancy! Definitely could be a metaphor for life.

      I love the idea of you joining Dennis in his studio. You're only NOT a painter until you start painting. Start playing around and see where it takes you. :)

      Hugs and Happy Thanksgiving to you, too!

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