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) relocated to a small town in the beautiful Driftless region in southwest Wisconsin with the goal of living a slower, simpler, more intentional life. Read more here.

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.

More about the project:

Introducing 2x2: Anne and Dana announce their collaborative project and share their thoughts about getting started.

The Halfway Point: Anne and Dana share their thoughts about the project halfway through the sketchbooks.

1 Year in: Anne and Dana share thoughts after a year of sharing pages & celebrate being featured in Uppercase Magazine.

Celebrating the Final Week: Anne and Dana flip through their finished sketchbooks and share their thoughts on the project.

The Sketchbook Pages:

All pages on the left created by Dana. All pages on the right created by Anne. Photos for all the odd-numbered weeks taken by Dana and all the photos for the even-numbered weeks taken by Anne.

Click on the photo or the text to read Anne’s post about the week’s pages.

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