Monday, March 8, 2010

Page 1, Part 1 (Dan)

Welcome to our new blog! The concept is simply stated in the banner above. I have painted the above picture on a page in a large watercolor Moleskine. And today I am going to stuff it in an envelope, and mail it 1100 miles away to Raena.

When it arrives, Raena is going to open that envelope. Then she will draw or paint something else on the same page - whatever else she wants - and she can paint or draw over and around or on top of what I did if she wants, and she can use any medium she feels like. And then she is going to mail it back to me! Then I will work on the page some more.

We are going to mail that Moleskine back and forth and back and forth .. and work on that one and only page until one of us declares it done! Whoopee!

And then we will go to page 2.

In this way we both hope to improve and challenge ourselves.

We want to post everything we do in that Moleskine here on this blog because you are so much a part of what motivates us. And we would love for you to follow along as each page progresses over time.

This is not an original idea. We both, some time ago, saw a blog where two professional illustrators did this - one was in Europe and the other in the US. Raena and I are not professionals, and we are both on a single continent (she is in Houston, and I am in Miami).

But we are 1100 miles apart, and have never met except in this virtual reality, and most of all WE TRY HARDER!

And a good idea is worth repeating, don't you think?

For those of you that follow my blog, I often say a lot about what I do. But I plan on more art and less words on this blog. (This is long only because it is the first - at least I think so). As it so happens, though, I have more details about my art for this post at my blog, so feel free to come visit if you'd like.

And thank you so much for visiting 2'nfro for its inaugural post!



  1. Awesome start Dan! =) Can't wait to see the next input from Raena.

  2. Fun idea - and I will for sure follow it with interest!

  3. Great idea, and such a good way to hone your skills! Count me among your followers.

  4. Great idea! I already commented on your other (Dan's) blog. I'll definitely be following this (and it really makes me wanting to do something similar too!!)! *bookmark*

  5. Will be following you. Great idea.

  6. I'm sweating its arrival already!

  7. You are both such wonderful artists... I admire you both and follow your artwork already... It will be fun to see how this works out for you two. Good luck on the journey, Dan has given Raena a challenge... can't wait to see her reply.

  8. Brilliant idea and what fun it will be to follow along!

  9. What a cool idea! Anxiously awaiting the next installment!

  10. Very interesting! I can't wait to see what develops.

    So . . . who gets to keep the book when it's finished???


  11. Awesome!
    I know, this is only beginning, but Roadchick asked very ineresting question:"... who gets to keep the book when it's finished?"

  12. Dan purchased the book and it was his idea; he should be the one to keep it.

    By the way, the moleskine arrived today and I have to tell you all the truth...This scan does not do his work any justice at all! It is fabulous. There are lots of subtle color changes in the dogs!

  13. Thank you so much for all of your encouragement and support and for following our challenge! Roadchick & Dragana - what troublemakers you are! lol. Here's the way I figure it: If each page takes 4 months, and there are 50 pages, that's 200 months or almost 17 years that raena and I will be sending the book back and forth. By then we'll be so much in the habit, that we'll keep sending it back and forth! raena, the purchase is nothing - as soon as you make a mark on the page it is half yours. 6 months for you & 6 months for me when we are done! So there! Thanks for the compliment on the drawing - I'm excited you got it!!

  14. Raena & Dan,

    What a brilliant idea, and I cant wait to see the next take on it. Most of all, I hope both of you'll have a blast doing this.

    I would like to try this too (been thinking about it before), would have to find someone who likes the idea as well...



  15. A fun and exciting idea, it is like a story to be followed, I will wait for all the twists and surprises,
    the first drawing is very good...

  16. WOW! Very cool concept. I am looking forward to seeing this unfold.

  17. Oh this is going to be sooo interesting... I am definitely going to be waiting to see more... Great start Dan and Raena..

  18. What a great idea! 1..2..3..GO!!

  19. Awesome idea! I can't wait to see how this painting turns out! :D