|Annie Z ~Night (self portrait)|
Last summer, both decided they were ready to dive back into children's book illustration. While chatting one day, they wondered whether they could collaborate on marketing - maybe share a website or do some local art shows.
|Johanna ~ Day|
So, in July, they established the Night and Day art collective. Since then, they've added two new members: Marie Sanderson and Jennifer Gibson, whom Annie and Johanna had met in 2016 as part of an art gallery tour. Marie’s serene farm scenes and animals are painted with loose pastel watercolors, with the gentle feeling of "dawn". Jennifer paints plein aire landscapes with gouche and watercolor, garnering her the nickname "dusk".
|Jennifer ~ Dusk|
Between them, they've illustrated traditionally published and indie-published picture books and are busy working on new projects. As a collective, their goal is to support each other and promote each other's art. Some artist collectives form to share work space and materials. At this point, the Night and Day collective is more oriented to support. They plan to get together on a monthly basis, like a critique group.
"We want to fit our skills together to collaborate on projects and also explore ways that illustrators can help each other," Johanna said. To that end, she and Marie are working on holiday cards for a local show.
|Marie ~ Dawn|