Celebrating Creativity

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.''
Martha Graham

June Is Here

Well here we are half way through the year already.  Now is a good time to reassess those creativity goals you had at the beginning of the year.  How are you going?  Which of your goals have you reached  !!!*****Celebrate Those*****!!!  Which ones haven’t you achieved yet?
Time to ####@@@ SCHEDULE THOSE @@@####

To help you along – here is my June Calendar Page.

June ©2010 Kadira Jennings

June ©2010 Kadira Jennings

I mentioned in a previous post Seth Godin’s Linchpin: Are You Indispensable? I first came across this book in a webinar hosted by Suzi Dafnis where she interviewed Seth.  He’s such a fascinating person with a refreshing point of view. What he had to say resonates with a fundamental premise in the book I’m writing but he’s coming from a different angle.  The thing I love about Seth Godin is that he’s always 10 steps ahead of everyone else.  His idea of making yourself an indispensable linchpin no matter what you do is the perfect solution to the dilemma many of us find ourselves in today. His book centres around this idea and encourages you to innovate your own life, find and create a niche for yourself and get so darn good at it that nobody can ever fire you again and you can pick and choose what you do.

For example, no one else paints quite like I do.

Nature's Silence ©2004 Kadira Jennings

Nature's Silence ©2004 Kadira Jennings

Where I differ from Seth’s point of view is that he says to pick a thing – kind of any thing and just go for that.  However it is my unswerving belief that we all have within us a Creative Genius, and that is the thing we need to uncover and put to work because it is totally unique to us.  This is what will truly differentiate us.  If you would like to know more about your Creative Genius take a look at my page on InnerPrinting.

I suggest that our GREATEST SOURCE OF ABUNDANCE is to be found in our ability to tap into this Creative Genius.  This gives us the ability to create and innovate.  There is no innovation without creativity.  Therefore we owe it to ourselves to learn to tap into and nurture this creative source.

This is the last post in my current series looking at art and beauty.  Alluding to the last post and my experience with La Pieta, perhaps the real beauty in an art work is always contained  within the work on a subtle level and then experienced and held within the heart of the perceiver.  And this is why they say – ‘ a picture is worth a thousand words’ because it speaks to us in a language that is beyond words no matter how hard we might try to use them to describe it……  plainly experienced here by my fumbling attempts to convey the magnificience of La Pieta.

So is true beauty in art then, the embodiement of a sublime experience that uplifts our souls to joy?

And now I would like to leave you with some questions to ponder on the nature of Art and Beauty.

  • do you look for beauty in anothers work and if you do what is it that gives you the experience of beauty?
  • define what beauty means for you;  is it a connection that up lifts your heart, perfection in form, design or function, man made things or nature – the list is endless – What is it for you?
Landscape Tryptch ©2002 Kadira Jennings

Landscape Tryptch ©2002 Kadira Jennings

Is it always about beauty that draws you to a creative work?  Or is it that they have to have meaning for you at some level.  An interesting thing to consider is what attracts you to some art works and what repels you in others.  This perhaps gives you also a clue to something about yourself.  When you resonate strongly with a particular work – what gift inherent with in the work have you received?

I’d like to share with you an artwork that I connected with so deeply it moved me to tears.  The scene was at the Vatican  home to many of the worlds greatest art works. I was in the Basilica, gazing in awe at the massive scale of Bernini’s bronze altar canopy and the huge frieze of the stations of the cross lining the walls.

Then noticing a  rather large crowd, I pushed my way to the front to see what everyone was gawping at.  Well,  I was  absolutely blindsided by a work of such beauty and presence, I was literally rooted to the spot, tears coursing down my cheeks and utterly overwhelmed.

Words or pictures just cannot describe the power of Michelangelo’s  Pieta.  It was not about the religious content it was the power of the emotion that emanated from the ‘living’ marble of this sculpture.  The awesome experience of someone reaching across the centuries and impacting my life on such a heart felt level.  I had seen pictures of this work many times before of course but the experience of it was utterly amazing to me.  This work of art is filled with beauty on so many levels.  A gift from one soul to another that transcends all boundaries  – this is what truly great art can achieve.

La Pieta Michelangelo

La Pieta Michelangelo

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.

Magic Moment ©2010 Kadira Jennings

Magic Moment ©2010 Kadira Jennings

Do you have a treasured moment you would like to share – please leave a link so we can come and share it too.

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