One of the Matisse odalisque paintings.
Okay, maybe it’s just my way of justifying the obligatory holiday weight gain and I’ll admit I need to exercise and eat healthier. But even at my skinniest I’ll never be Nicole Richie thin. And frankly, I don’t want to be. When did bellies & butts and looking like a woman go out of style? When I look at a Matisse painting I see myself. Beautiful, ripe, juicy womanhood was once considered to be the stuff goddesses were made of. There has been an attempt to acknowledge women come in all sizes and shapes and I applaud that even if it’s only a marketing ploy to sell more soap.
Art nouveau vases from the Lightner Museum.
These days, even the alien tribes of Avatar are anorexic. I found the Na’vi beautiful artistic creations, but it bothered me that there was no variation within the tribe. All Na’vi were the same height, weight, and pretty much the same youthful age without seniors and babies and people-in-between. I’m sorry, but one chief and his shaman wife do not make up a demographic of wise elders.
BTW, men are being pressured to conform to certain standards of beauty now, too. Case in point: Sean Murray who plays “McGee” on tv’s popular NCIS show has been often teased about working out in several episodes over the years. This last season, it was evident that he had lost the slight double chin, about 20 lb. His face actually looks haggard now that he’s lost weight. He’s always been cute. It’s just now he is more in line with Hollywood’s standards. I’m looking at his “before” pic and scratching my head…is THIS fat? I don’t think so…
To have good feng shui for our tribe–the human race–we need to embrace our own inner beauty, each and every one of us. Andy Warhol said “If everyone’s not a beauty, than nobody is.”
New thinner McGee.
Are you conflicted about your beauty? Please share your comments.
Empty walls devoid of art –or any decoration– are depressing, aren’t they?
The only thing less uplifting than bare walls is ugly walls that have
stains and peeling paint where the art should be. Feng shui is about creating
harmonious, peaceful, and inspiring spaces that improve one’s quality of life
at home and at work. If your work environment is depressing, chances
are your workers are going to be depressed and not as creative and productive
as they should be.
Art need not be expensive to be effective at lifting ch’i (energy). To paraphrase
Mae West, art just needs to be good looking and well hung. If your budget does
not allow you to buy Andy Warhol originals–or even limited edition prints–you
might consider purchasing original art from some local fine artists instead. Attend
local art fairs and small galleries to get a feel for what is available. Another
inexpensive alternative is framed poster art.
For the work place, art also needs to send the appropriate message. Thought
should be given as to what the corporate message actually is. Paintings of
naked ladies in the classical style could work beautifully as part of a wellness spa’s
decor but may not be right for a labor union office, for example. Art in the work
place can simply be used to beautify a space, or, it can motivate workers.
Several poster companies even specialize in motivational sayings designed to promote leadership qualities for managers. Health care professionals tend to have
their walls plastered with care related images.
Many professional offices prefer to hang diplomas, awards, and credentials in their office spaces. To enhance feng shui, these items should ideally be located in the
“Fame & Reputation” area of the office. But these can be depressing, too, if they are
poorly framed and displayed, and if they are the only wall art in the room. It’s
important to have a balance with art for art’s sake. Maps, mirrors, tools of your trade and other common objects…all of these can be artfully hung on a wall to create
an uplifting ambiance. Use your imagination!
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