2x2: 2 Artists, 2 Sketchbooks -- Week 41

This week's pages are so playful!

sketchbooks, collaboration, drawing, sketching, calligraphy, Dana Barbieri, Anne Butera
Dana (l), Anne (r)

I love how different they are from our other pages.

When I did my page I had no idea what I was going to do until I put pen to paper. I made a long, wriggling line. There's something freeing and fun about simply filling the page with one long line. Although my line goes all over the place (and never comes back to itself), it made me think about the Zen practice of Ensō, which I find fascinating. I think both pages have a meditative quality to them.

I was practicing some calligraphy at the time, too, and I can't remember if that looping letter A was intentional or not.

sketchbooks, collaboration, drawing, sketching, calligraphy, Dana Barbieri, Anne Butera
Dana (l), Anne (r)

But I love that Dana picked up on it and filled her page with practice letters.

Sometimes I think we just need to let go when we're creating. Do something different and not worry about the outcome. Just create.

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. That little snail has traveled far! :-)

  2. :)

    I wonder if he was looking for something or just having fun.


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