Monday, February 8, 2010

Gifts From the Sea - Jill's pages.

My theme for our altered book collaboration is Gifts from the Sea by Anne Morrow Lindbergh. I first read this book in my early teens and have re-read it many times since. It speaks to my soul not only as a water person but also as a woman. You can see my pages here on my blog.

The first artist to work in my book was Jill Zaheer. I started enjoying Jill's blog after we were introduced through Supria and Inner Works. Jill interpreted my theme in a beautiful two page spread full of texture.

Please click on each of the images to see the wonderfully detailed work Jill has created. In these two pages, I can see the colors of a perfect day at the ocean. I can hear the wind blowing and the waves crashing on the shore. I can smell the salt in the air.

I know these little pipers well from my many visits to Florida. Here they look so real, as if they could fly away at any moment. I like Jill's use of paint and glitter to show the sun glistening on the sand.

This (to me) represents bliss. So now when I can't get away for a beach vacation, I can put in my earbuds, listen to my ocean waves app and enjoy the pages in my book.

Each of these little fish have messages and are three dimensional, hanging by fishing line.

Thank you so much Jill for sharing your interpretations and talents in my book. This collaboration has been such a great experience and has left me with an art piece that I'll cherish for years and years.


  1. Dear Rita,
    What a beautiful post. Thank you so much for appreciating all of the gifts of the sea. Your book was the first time I've ever worked on an altered book- and had and continue to still have so much to learn. But, it will always be such a treasured time for me. Just holding your book was intimidating- hoping not to get paint on your wonderful pages, hoping that my 3-d artwork would fit in your book- and thinking how to interpret my thoughts within the container of the pages. It's been wonderful meeting you, collaborating with you, and it's been such a joy to see all the varied and different dimensions to your beautiful artwork and design. Within the next couple of posts, I will share our Innerworks paired work-your artwork in my book and mine in yours.

  2. this is lovely and refreshing to see a different theme! awesome work Rita!

  3. So glad I could share this journey with you. Seeing these page in person, I know how truly spectacular they are. Seeing them is almost like taking a walk by the shore. You can almost feel the sea breeze!

  4. Loved working on your book too Rita....the pages and size of the book were a the sushi book you chose..these pages you have displayed are truly lovely as is all of Jill's work in all of the books..which I got the pleasure to view, touch and drool over : ))))

  5. Thank you so much! I too love Gift from the Sea and have read it and gifted it dozens of times. I made a pilgrimage to Captiva and Sanibel Islands to walk in her footsteps.

    Last summer at a meeting at the Helping Hand's Grange the woman sitting one person away from me was Anne Morrow Lindbergh's niece. She had come to pay homage to Henry Beston (Outermost House) and his wife Elizabeth Coatsworth. I felt woven into history. All best wishes to you, Sharon Lovejoy Writes from Sunflower House and a Little Green Island

  6. how magical this blog is!
    thank you for sharing!

  7. These are lovely, lovely! Thanks. Now I am inspired.


  8. I like your blog very much, interesting stuff
    Great work Rita :)

    hugs marinela x x