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

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

The Summer's Glow Graced Me!

 I recently  took  a trip to  Sedona Arizona for some healing and rest. Although I visited Sedona once before, I was again overtaken  by the beauty of the land, the gorgeous sunsets, and  the exquisite designs from  layer upon layer of intricate patterns within the country side.  It's impossible not to be overtaken by the breathtaking mountains covered in reds, oranges and gorgeous hues in between creating a  hypnotic state of beauty. 

Just loved the natural design that was formed from curled fallen bark on the ground below me.  
And couldn't resist the magnetic attraction of this beautiful orange dragon fly that landed on our car's antenna.                                          

Below is the magical force of a vortex tree -a swirling center of subtle energy coming out from the sacred earth's surface. Red rocks can been seen stacked  on these vortex Juniper trees.

This is a photo of  The Church of the Holy Cross 
built into the red rocks of Sedona, designed by a student of Frank Lloyd Wright in 1957.   
And here is a mixed media painting I created after my first trip to Sedona- to mark the beauty of the site.

If you look closely below, you can see the  pieces of turquoise and red rock I used to create the feel of the textured stone filled land.

And below you can see peeks of the  magnificent magical sky.

And here  is a view of a  pastel drawing I started in Sedona- trying to capture the essence of the rainbow colors that were surrounding me. 
Then worked on it a little bit more when I got home. 
Give yourself the gift to let your mind capture the essence of the moments and colors around you. Smile and say thank you! Then smile again! 


Seth said...

Stunning shots. These take me right back to the colorful beauty that is Sedona. And you have captured it so well in your work-in-progress painting.The essence of the moment indeed!!

Marilyn Rock said...

Jill; your photos are stunning and your painting is certainly capturing the essence of Arizona. Hope you are well and I enjoyed being part of the Butterfly Effect with you :) Thinking of you..............Marilyn xxoo PS Glad you were able to get away for some R and R.

rivergardenstudio said...

Oh my gosh Jill, what an amazing dragonfly and those sunsets and mountains... and that orange. I am so glad you had such a beautiful time and that you are home again! roxanne

Gaby Bee said...

Glad you had a wonderful time in Sedona. Your photos are simply amazing! They bring back many memories. I too love this area, those scenic red rocks and especially these gorgeous sunsets. In your painting you've captured my memories of Arizona :-) Brilliant!

Steen said...

Those images do bring a smile on my face – to see the beauty and above all to sense your growing energy and optimism. The images with their colors are so beautiful and so are all the flowers in that dry land. I visited many years ago – a visit I will always remember. Thanks for bringing back the memories but mostly for showing us all your new, vivid energy. You are certainly back on your post and you make us smile again!

Kim Palmer said...

Beautiful Jill.Love that dragonfly and the red of the earth. Reminds me of central Australia, a very similar landscape that just captures your heart. The work in progress is coming along beautifully and I can't wait to see it finished.

deb said...

Thanks for sharing the vortex tree images, I have never been to Sedona and now I so want to make a trip, anywhere that so honors their tree is a place I want to see for myself. Your eye for colour is such a gift. thanks again for sharing that orange with us!!

La Dolce Vita said...

absolutely spectacular shots Jill, I know it well lived there for several years and owned a store. looks like you had a great time, I really enjoyed seeing it through your eyes and your beautiful images!

Trudi Sissons - Two Dresses Studio said...

Jill - I have to agree with Cat - these shots are spectacular and it makes me crave a trip to Utah where I spent a week at a fitness center there years ago - just that brilliant gold orange crimson...it feels so healing. I'd say you've done a wonderful job of capturing the essence in your art.

Debrina said...

What stunning photos Jill!! If I ever get to the States (one day!!), Utah will be the one on my list, thanks to you.