Jill Zaheer's JAZWORKS: A Tapestry of Mixed Media, Painting, Collaborations, Photography, and Poetry

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

September 11- A Day of Reflection...

It's been a while since I've last posted- but couldn't miss this opportunity to send out remembrances of those no longer with us and to those still here, whose lives have changed and will never be the same.   Make sure to see the beauty around you- and never forget  that  it can surround us in nature, in a song, in a voice, a touch, a kind gesture or by giving to others. Acknowledge someone with a smile and you will be rewarded ten fold. 
 Blessings to all.

Best wishes for a happy healthy and joyful new year!
Be brave, be creative and live freely.

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

The Mask of Alaska

From the moment I set sail for Alaska on my first cruise from foggy grey Seattle- it was truly a discovery of  new scenes and new exquisite visions that were breathtakingly unreal filled with snow capped mountains, eagles flying above, waterfalls, glaciers and teal blue ice that just glowed and gleaned.  From an off shore White Pass and Yukon train ride , we could see palettes of turquoise and emerald waters ( produced by limestone ash within melted ice waters)  with white frozen snow that looked like shiny vintage milk glass! 
                      Come take a little tour with me through the eyes of my iPhone!
   Here's a photo of Mendenhall Glacier (to the right)
with baby blue floating ice chunks in the water.

Below are  photos of Emerald Lake in  British Columbia. 



And below is a beautiful seagull flying by our cabin balcony.

I was totally surprised to see that the glacier was actually various shades of teal blue.

Next stop.... 
 Ketchikan Alaska! Here's an eye catching welcoming poppy flower from the side of the road! 

Monday, June 3, 2013

The Postcard Has Arrived!!

There's one thing you can always be certain of, and that's the uncertainty of what my paintings will finally look like and when they will be complete. As many know, most of my works are filled with  hidden items within a mosaic of designs that have special meaning to me. This new piece, The Postcard, is no exception.

What was once this---

 A 12" x 16"  mixed media canvas filled with components of postcards, money, vintage papers, music, rubber stamp images, writings from Signed by Ange, papers from LaWendula  and segments from an original 1964 Worlds Fair Souvenir  Guidebook....

Is Now This!

A mixed media work composed of acrylic paints,  additional new and vintage  stamps, writings, music, postcards, a photo of mine, money,  an original special four leaf clover from Michelle Ward,  Hebrew writing from a Torah and a mother/child picture from my mother's birth certificate.  
A few elements remain from the previous version, but if you were to peel off the top layers, you'd be sure to find a painting under a painting here.

Here's to finding color, music and joy in all you see! 

Thursday, February 14, 2013

It's A Fabulous Valentine's Day!

It's been way too long since I've last posted with the zany crazy lifesphere that seems to have gotten in my way.   I was determined to create a post today
In honor of all the people
 Who put a smile on my face
 Each and every day!  

With Very Special Thanks!


Friday, December 21, 2012

A Season of Change

With the coming of winter upon us, I want to wish everyone a wonderful holiday season- filled with much joy, creativity, health, and happiness.

I will be gone for a couple of weeks in sunny Florida.

Best wishes for a happy healthy new year.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Charity Art Auction for Hurricane Sandy Relief

As many of you have heard, the New York 
Tri-state area suffered much damage and destruction as a result of Hurricane Sandy. which has taken the lives of over 106 people in the US to date.  Relief efforts can not be provided soon enough or with as much supplies as necessary. As a result  The Altered Page created an auction where bundles have been created to include combinations of signed art books, original artworks and art classes whose proceeds will go directly to 

 I am donating one of my original 6"X6" mixed media collages titled: 
"What to Listen For" 

     To bid on my artwork included in a new bundle, you need to email Seth Apter from The Altered Page at shap97@gmail.com with your bid. He will update the bidding total and post the bids as quickly as he can. The bidding will start at $25.00 for each created  bundle but the hope is that they will go much higher. Bidding ends 11:59PM EST on Sunday November 11. The winning bidder can either make their donation directly to the charity via credit card or though Seth via check or  paypal.  100% of the proceeds will benefit The Mayor's Fund to Advance New York City  providing  water, food, and hygiene supplies as well as long term relief and restoration efforts.

Extending my deepest sympathies and prayers to all those who directly or indirectly  have been affected by the storm. 
Sending peace,
And best wishes 
To all who can assist in some way. 

Friday, November 2, 2012


It's new, it's different, its debut starts now..... 

     As many of you are aware, Seth Apter from the Altered Page had a call for 5"x 5" artworks as part of an ongoing project to his Pulse of Mixed Media Book.  Somerset Studio  showed tremendous interest in the project and as a result, Seth sent all 110 artworks he received to them for possible publication. What resulted was acceptance of 18 of those submitted. In addition to the terrific excitement for those artists and the works that were chosen, there were lots of great conversations initiated on questions of what it means to have your art published- both personally and professionally.

     As a result, I created  The Conversation, an email listing open to all who have expressed the desire in having informal discussions on a variety of topics. The idea is to have more intimate exploration of thoughts that will NOT be published on the Internet. They will be conversation via old fashioned emails- different from twitter that has a limited number of characters, facebook or Linked-In where membership is required. This email list is easy and spontaneous to use by just hitting "reply all" to the last email written. I hope that  The Conversation (currently composed of 16 members) serves as one more venue of positive expression for all genres of the art community.  There are  just a few parameters to stay within.

1) This is a positive conversation for support, ideas, philosophies and questions on one's artwork for suggestions- but not for oohs and aahs of artwork- that's for Blogland! :)
2) Anyone can follow up individually with one another to pursue more in depth conversations that may not be appropriate for the list serve.
3)Subjects are open and flexible!
4) There is to be no direct criticism of anyone's art or person. Requested constructive advice seems appropriate. 
      I can't wait to get my copy of Somerset Studio to see the 18  published artworks from the Pulse Project. Though mine was not included, I believe that's part of "the art of art", the subjective nature of judging an artwork which includes the specifics of what the editors are looking for.  Perhaps there are 25 equally great selections for 10 spots, how does an editor decide? Is it luck of the draw, hit or miss, or are there other criteria in place? I have been blessed to have several works published, but have also had a couple of submissions that I never heard back on.  I always wonder what is the appropriate waiting period to submit this work to another magazine.   Have you had experience with this? Feel like talking about it- feel free to contact me or better yet, join in on The Conversation!

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Great Ghost of Fire!

The Ghost Challenge!

The talented Norma from TheFairyYellowBugQueen is hosting a Ghost Challenge this week. To participate, you just need to post on October 27 or 28th with the topic of Ghost!! Seemed easy enough until I started to think about ghosts and what they mean to most of us. Where do they come from and how is it that most of us still get chills up our spine when we  think about them or hear stories on Halloween about their presence. The  history of ghosts within all cultures, religions and across the globe can be read about in wikipedia here. Take a look, 
be brave,  and hope you  follow me into one of my favorite haunts in New York City,
Central Park.

From the front,  you are bestowed with the towering  entrance gate to the Conservatory Gardens at 105th Street.

 From behind,  you can't miss the  forbearing presence of  Terence Cardinal Cooke's Nursing Home- formerly Flower Surgical Hospital built in 1938.

Rumor has it that the ever popular socialite, Sonia Greensmith, a wealthy debutante from London, (and one of the original families to settle on the Upper  East Side of  Manhattan ) died a tragic death there at the age of 28 from a fire that started in the operating room.  Ever since, historians say if you listen carefully, you can hear her wailing at all times of the day and night although her name has never been mentioned in reference to these ghostly sounds.

Ms. Greensmith can be seen below from an old photo taken in  her London estate.

 Now, as we slowly take a walk further into the park, we start to hear the sounds of the  birds chirping and the garden brush moving  from side to side as if people in a movie theatre are saying Shhhhhh from every direction.

Looking upward- you can see  birds taking off and landing, weaving themselves throughout  the intermingled tree branches.  You can't help but hear the movement of the air- with burnt amber colored   leaves dropping  against the autumn palette of the  ground below. You can smell their crispness  with that ever so subtle decaying aroma that makes you want to inhale as deeply as you can.

 Yes, Autumn is truly in its  bash of color with flowers blooming in a celebratory renaissance everywhere you looked.

Lush and lavish, as if having a last frolic of the season!

And then silence.

A eerie quiet blanketed the gardens- the birds are still, the branches stop moving, the brush was no longer swaying...
It was like a moment frozen in time.

 There was a brutal  wave of cold air that descended from out of nowhere, as if painted across the landscape with one huge brush stroke.

A bright light  seemed to magically unfold-   translucent in nature- exactly as the stories of long ago   described....  and  then, there before my eyes appeared
The Ghost of CEnTraL  PaRK..

I was in a scared state of  awe.  Yet as  frightened  as I was,  I  crept  closer and closer to get a better look. I gained about 10 yards,  until I felt something stopping my legs from moving.  A barrier of some kind was in front of me, my mouth turned parched, painfully dry within a second, and my hands became frozen despite the fact that we were  in the midst of the warm autumn's early evening air.  A strange dizzying feeling crept  over me -   I was  now in an utter state of panic.

Then suddenly,
The sky darkened...

 Fear targeted my body as if it were injected directly into my veins,  my heart started thumping,  pounding wildly.  I turned around and started running as far and as fast as I could.  Exhausted, I started gasping for air,  as if in some sort of a  daze.  I looked up and realized that I had actually slipped and fell.  Laying on the cold wet ground apparently for quite some time  and unbeknownst to me,

  I had a Halloween nightmare -in January, on the coldest snowiest day of the year!

 Now I hope you enjoyed this short "tall tale"  - with  it  being as much a treat  for you to read as it was for me to create and write!***

***All characters, people and places are fictitious with the exception of the Conservatory in Central Park  and Terence Cardinal Cooke Nursing home.

HAppY   HALLoweEN!