As I was revamping the look of my blog (like it?) I reread my post on beauty and realized I have an answer to my question (i kinda already knew the answer when I wrote it the first time..but now it's more fully developed :). I realized my question was a matter of aesthetics (spelled correctly on first try-what now?), which asks the question "Does beauty inhere in the art itself, or is beauty supplied by the eye of the beholder?" (Philosophy and Education, Knight) The answer (from a biblical Christian worldview) is this: Beauty is in the eye of THE beholder. In other words, God. He is the standard for beauty. He is beauty and he created everything beautiful. Yes, we have our preferences; but ultimately it is God who is the standard.
And you know what else is super cool? We are created in the image of God. "God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them...God saw all that he had made, and it was very good..." (Gen. 27&31a NIV) We reflect God (although our reflection is like the foggiest mirror or the murkiest pond, the most distant shadow and faintest remembrance), we create and imagine, love and hope, and are attracted to beauty and we are beautiful because HE IS.
"One thing I ask of the LORD,
this is what I seek:
that I may dwell in the house of the
all the days of my life,
to gaze upon the beauty of the LORD
and to seek him in his temple."
(Psalm 27:4 NIV, emphasis mine)