Wednesday, December 2, 2015

2x2: 2 Artists, 2 Sketchbooks -- Week 34

When I first received the sketchbook from Dana and paged through it, this week's page was one of my very favorites. It's probably easy to see why: watercolor pink roses.

Pink roses are my favorite flowers (if these are peonies, please forgive me Dana for mis-identifying your flowers, but loving roses makes me predisposed to see them as such!) and watercolors always make me happy.

I knew I would need to do something special for this week.

I decided to do a linocut for my page. Which might be kind of a silly choice because, hello, I'm a watercolor painter (and remember that thing about watercolors making me happy?!?).

2x2, 2x2 Sketchbook, Dana Barbieri, Anne Butera
Dana (l), Anne (r)

But once I started thinking about doing a linocut, I didn't want to do anything else. (And I'm glad that I got started working on it early because it did take a while).

The complicated thing about the page is that it is too big for me to do just one block with the size of blocks I had on hand so I ended up carving it in pieces.

linocuts, botanical linocut, 2x2 Sketchbook, Anne Butera
my carved blocks

It was tricky for me to get everything lined up correctly when I printed the page because each block needed to be printed at a slightly different angle and the blocks would need to overlap a bit for proper placement. I probably could have done some complicated figuring to get things just right, but in the end I decided just to wing it (and amazingly, it worked out, except for some slight imperfections in the laying of the ink).

2x2, 2x2 Sketchbook, Dana Barbieri, Anne Butera
Dana (l), Anne (r)

Even so, this spread brings me so much joy.


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.

10 comments:

  1. Such great pages! Not only are you proficient as a water colour painter Anne, but at lino cutting and printing too! Wonderful work by both of you. :-)

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    1. Thank you, Simone! I'm not sure I'm proficient at lino cutting quite yet, but it sure is fun!

      Thanks for following along with our sketchbooks!

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  2. Oh my, that's pretty! I love both your lino cuts and Dana's peonies. A touch of spring on a wintery day :)

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    1. Thanks so much, Sharon! It's interesting that you see Dana's pink flowers as peonies and I see them as roses. :)

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  3. Oh my gosh both of these are stunning. I love the last image of both of them side-by-side. Beautiful!

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    1. Thank you, Laurie! I love them, too. They're just so joyful and seem perfect in the white of winter.

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  4. I love this page, Anne. The two pieces of artwork really compliment each other, and such a beautiful subject!

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    1. Thank you, Judy! I love this one, too!

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  5. This beautiful pair would look lovely framed and on the wall. Have you and Dana given any thought to printing some of these and selling them? Food for thought. xo

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    1. Thank you, Karen!

      Interesting to think about that as a possibility. I'd definitely hang these on my wall. :)

      xo

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