Hi I'm Kadira Jennings, welcome to Unfolding Creativity, a portal to Abundance Through Creativity.
I am a creative artist celebrating and encouraging the creative in all of us.
My blog is a discussion, and creativity resource. Please take your time, look around and join the conversation if you would like to.
It is my passionate belief that we all have deep within us a creative genius just waiting for half a chance to get out no matter what field we work or play in.
''There is a vitality, a life force, an energy, a quickening that is translated through you into action, and because there is only one of you in all of time, it will never exist through any other medium and it will be lost. The world will not have it.''
One thing about our appreciation of beauty in anything is that we do have hardwired into our brains, a standard of beauty in terms of proportion. There is a universal standard of beauty which occurs everwhere we look from our DNA to the spiral arms of galaxies; from the Parthenon to a cereal box. All these things have one thing in common, they are all based on the proportion: 1 to 1.618. This is often called the Golden Mean or phi. . If you haven’t come across this before – it is like a design blue print that the entire universe is founded upon.
There has been much research and many tests done regarding peoples preferences in terms of facial beauty. Those images that most closely resembled the design principles of the Golden Ratio were by far the most popular. This was found to transcend geographical and racial boundaries.
If you watched the video you will have seen how The Golden Ratio pops up everywhere, both in humanly constructed objects and natural ones.
I would suggest then that if we analyze a lot of abstract, contemporary art that the reason many people may not be able to relate to it is that it doesn’t contain the underlying PHI design with in it. And further to that we my find that the works people do favour are ones that do have it. Generally people look for some kind of meaning in art works they appreciate, there has to be some reference point that connects to them and if there is nothing else The Golden Ration can be a subconscious attachment point for them. Interestingly – our information bible Google didn’t come up with any useful information on this subject when I had a look!
When you experience a beautiful moment, be that a sunrise, a personal connection with someone, or something else, the experience is totally subjective. The principle of Beauty – it is in the eye of the beholder after all – is a fleeting momentary thing and like all other moments of your life, cannot be held on to. And perhaps that is why we are driven to create, to try and capture, solidify the fleeting, ephemeral glance of beauty. To share our experience and pass these treasures on.
Here is a fleeting moment of beauty I would like to share with you today.
The first round has finished in the Next Top Spiritual Author Competition. I would like to thank each and every one of you who took the time to go and have a look at my book pitch and vote for me. I really appreciate your support. At this time it is not my destiny to win this competition and so I did not make it through to the second round.
However the book is alive and well and as I continue to write it I will be posting excerpts from time to time as they relate to my posts here. One of the reasons I entered the competition was to take advantage of a learning program that runs alonside of the competition, eight months of advice on how to get a book published. To me that was invaluable advice and I will be continuing on with that as well.
To those of you who are interested in this competition I urge you to support the authors who have progressed in the competition, by voting for them in the second round beginning towards the end of May. There are some wonderful books being put forward for our consideration. I will keep you posted on the progress of the competition as it proceeds.
Five Part Series on ‘Beauty In Art’ – Part 1
Last week Shelia Finkelsteingot me to thinking about beauty and our perception of it, in art, generally and generationally. The idea of generational beauty was thought provoking. We are all of course, products of our environment and cultural upbringing. What we find beauty in differs at various times in our lives as well as between generations. My mother found no beauty at all in Hendrix belting out Voodoo Child – why she didn’t – well that was a complete mystery to me. Different standards of beauty I guess.
One thing beauty requires of us is our attention – fully and completely if we are to really engage with it. The more we immerse ourselves, the more present we get regardless of our age, life stage, generation – beauty is open to us if we just take the time to ‘stop and smell the flowers’.
Smell The Flowers
Beauty is subjective – when was the last time you really appreciated the true beauty of something?
Wow! Nature turned it all on at the beach this morning. There must have been an off shore breeze because you could see the salt spray being blown back out to sea. The beach was perfectly clear and yet the ocean and headland were mysteriously shrouded in – well mist!