Friday, November 20, 2009

New website & portfolio

My new art & photography website can be found at
kelly angard.com



Monday, May 18, 2009

one...life.




"one"
© 2009 kelly angard


You say
Love is a temple
Love a higher law
Love is a temple
Love the higher law
You ask me to enter
But then you make me crawl
And I can't be holding on
To what you got
When all you got is hurt...
- lyrics by U2

More of my art & photography can be found on my new website:
kelly a. fine art & photography

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Tuesday, May 5, 2009

love is the answer

Every once in awhile, I see something which makes every single part of me exclaim, "yes, yes, yes...I so get this! This is exactly what I have been trying to convey through my photography, my artwork, my writing!" This exclamation of "yes!" not only brings about an abstract, interpersonal connection with humanity at large and a spiritual alignment with individuals whom I have never met, it truly reinforces my belief that we are not as alone as we think we are...we are all truly one. And that no matter the question...


"the answer"
© 2007 kelly angard

Love IS the answer!
Here is what came my way today via Gaia, and inspired this post...




Author, speaker and founder of The Foundation Educating for Peace, Isha is a unique, grounded, modern-day visionary. Her book and newly-released movie, "Why Walk When You Can Fly?" reveals her personal journey of transformation and awakening. Her passion for horses and hawks conceptually expresses the nature, spirit and possibility which lies within each of us...one which resonnates so deep within me.




"spirit"
© 2007 kelly angard


"possibilities"
© 2007 kelly angard


Possibilities...new beginnings.
There's so much in the power of now...in this very moment.



"have wings. must fly."
© 2007 kelly angard

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Wednesday, April 22, 2009

love your mother!


"treeline"
© 2009 kelly angard

The Art of Light


paying tribute to mother earth...
Happy Earth Day!

my dear, talented friend, Carrie, from Original Hardware, passed on a beautiful poem that is just perfect for today. Here's an excerpt:

Listening to Spring,
by Macrina Wiederkehr

How quietly the earth breathes forth new life.
How eagerly the sun bleeds forth the spring.

I am listening.

I am listening to seeds breaking open,
to roots growing strong beneath the ground
to green shoots rising up from winter wombs.
I am listening to thorns blossoming,
to barren branches laughing out new growth,
to wildflowers dancing through the meadows.

I am listening.

I am listening to the growing
in the garden of my heart.
I am listening to my heart
singing songs of resurrection.
I am listening to the colors of life.

I am listening.

I am listening to winter
handing over spring.
I am listening to the poetry of spring.

I am listening.

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Tuesday, April 21, 2009

the nature of art


"human nature"
© 2009 kelly angard

as an artist, there are some pieces i create which are so personal, so poignant, so evocative, i find it difficult to share them with the world when they are finished. as much as a part of me wants to share my favorite and most meaningful work, i end up keeping these works to myself...waiting for the time i feel enough distance from them, separated from them personally. i wait until i feel i can put "them" — and therefore, myself — out there for the world to see. this one took a year and a half...

for some, this may simply be an image of two anonymous people captured in a moment...nothing more, nothing less. and that is fine; it is what it is to the viewer.

but for me, this work, this image speaks of so much more.
for me, this image is a bank of a thousand thoughts...a catalyst for heart-breaking stories or song lyrics yet to be written.
for me, it whispers to a curious mind...i want to know more.
i want to imagine more.
i want to create more.
i want to be more.

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Monday, April 13, 2009

wild horses


"Grow Strong"
Absence makes the soul grow stronger.
©2009 kelly angard


All I want is the wind in my hair
To face the fear but not feel scared

Ooh, wild horses I wanna be like you
Throwing caution to the wind, I'll run free too
Wish I could recklessly love like I'm longing to
I wanna run with the wild horses
Run with the wild horses

- lyrics from "Wild Horses" by Natasha Bedingfield

More of my art & photography can be found on my new website:
kelly a. fine art & photography

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Friday, November 7, 2008

the wisdom project


WISDOM...a film by Andrew Zuckerman
Inspired by the idea that one of the greatest gifts one generation can pass down to another is the wisdom it has gained from experience, the wisdom project, produced with cooperation from Archbishop Desmond Tutu, seeks to create a record of a multicultural group of people who have all made their mark on the world. This comprehensive portrayal of such a profound and global group is an index of extraordinary perspectives.

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Wednesday, November 5, 2008

his story = history

yes, we can...
© kelly angard 2008
and his story is our story.

Any people anywhere, being inclined and having the power, have the right to rise up,
and shake off the existing government, and form a new one that suits them better.
This is a most valuable - a most sacred right -
a right, which we hope and believe, is to liberate the world.
- Abraham Lincoln




his story = history
© kelly angard 2008
"nothing can stand in the way
of the power of millions of voices
calling for change..."
- Barack Obama


Above images taken October 26th, 2008, amongst 100,000 people, Denver, CO.

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Monday, February 4, 2008

music to my ears



The Yes We Can Song
by will.i.am

I was sitting in my recording studio watching the debates...
Torn between the candidates
I was never really big on politics...
and actually I’m still not big on politics...
but 4 years ago, me and the black eyed peas supported Kerry...
And we supported Kerry with all our might...
We performed and performed and performed for the DNC...
doing all we could do to get the youth involved...
The outcome of the last 2 elections has saddened me...
on how unfair, backwards, upside down, unbalanced, untruthful,
corrupt, and just simply, how wrong the world and "politics" are...

So this year i wanted to get involved and do all i could early...

And i found myself torn...because this time it’s not that simple...
our choices aren’t as clear as the last elections ...last time it was so obvious...
Bush and war vs no Bush and no war...

But this time it’s not that simple...and there are a lot of people that are torn just like i am...
So for awhile I put it off and i was going to wait until it was decided for me...
And then came New Hampshire...
And i was captivated...Inspired...

I reflected on my life...and the blessings I have...
and the people who fought for me to have these rights and blessings...
and I’m not talking about a "black thing", I’m talking about a "human thing" me as a "person"
an American...
That speech made me think of Martin Luther King...Kennedy...and Lincoln...
and all the others that have fought for what we have today...
what America is "supposed" to be...freedom...equality...and truth...
and thats not what we have today...we think we are free...
but in reality terror and fear controls our decisions...
this is not the America that our pioneers and leaders fought and died for...
and then there was New Hampshire

it was that speech...like many great speeches...
that one moved me because words and ideas are powerful...
It made me think and realize that today we have "very few" leaders...
maybe none...but that speech...

it inspired me...it inspired me to look inside myself and outwards towards the world...
it inspired me to want to change myself to better the world and take a "leap" towards change...
and hope that others become inspired to do the same...
change themselves...change their greed...change their fears...
and if we "change that" then hey"...we got something right...???...

1 week later after the speech settled in me...I began making this song...
I came up with the idea to turn his speech into a song...
because that speech effected and touched my inner core like nothing in a very long time...
it spoke to me because words and ideas are powerful...
I just wanted to add a melody to those words...
I wanted the inspiration that was bubbling inside me to take over...so i let it..
I wasn't afraid to stand for something...to stand for "change"...
I wasn't afraid of "fear"...it was pure inspiration...
so I called my friends...and they called their friends...in a matter of 2 days...
We made the song and video...
Usually this process would take months...a bunch of record company people figuring out strategies and release dates...interviews...all that stuff...but this time i took it in my own hands...
so i called my friends sarah pantera, mike jurkovac, fred goldring, and jesse dylan to help make it happen...
and they called their friends...and we did it together in 48 hours...
and instead of putting it in the hands of profit we put it in the hands of inspiration...
then we put it on the net for the world to feel...

When you are truly inspired magic happens...incredible things happen...
love happens..
(and with that combination) "love, and inspiration" change happens..."change for the better"
Inspiration breeds change..."Positive change"...
no one on this planet is truly experienced to handle the obstacles we face today...
Terror, fear, lies, agendas, politics, money, all the above...It’s all scary...

Martin Luther King didn't have experience to lead...
Kennedy didn't have experience to lead...
Susan B. Anthony...Nelson Mandella...Rosa Parks...Gandhi...Anne Frank...
and everyone else who has had a hand in molding the freedoms we have and take for granted today...
no one truly has experience to deal with the world today...
they just need "desire, strength, courage ability, and passion" to change...
and to stand for something even when people say it's not possible...
America would not be here "today" if we didn’t stand and fight for change "yesterday"...
Everything we have as a "people" is because of the "people" who fought for
change...and whoever is the President has to realize we have a lot of changing to do
I'm not trying to convince people to see things how i do...
I produced this song to share my new found inspiration and how I've been moved...
I hope this song will make you feel...love...
and think...and be inspired just like the speech inspired me...that’s all...

Let's all come together like America is supposed to...
like Japan did after Hiroshima...
that was less than 65 years ago...and look at Japan now...they did it together...they did it...

"We can't?...
Are you serious..?..
WE CAN!!!
Yes we can...
A United "America"...Democrats, Republicans and Independents together...Building a new America

We can do it..."TOGETHER"

Thank you for reading and listening...
will.i.am

Please visit www.yeswecansong.com

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Monday, January 14, 2008

the creative mind

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Do you ever wonder how creative you really are? Before you answer this question, know that being creative doesn’t necessarily mean you can paint, dance or write music...rather creativity shows itself as a way of thinking, processing and seeing things.

Besides the fact that I've always been fascinated with the workings of the brain, I've often wondered where creativity (not talent) really comes from; i.e., nature or nurture? After taking the Brain Type Test (created by the Art Institute of Vancouver) I gained some valuable insight about the way my brain processes, learns and categorizes information.

The brain is composed of two hemispheres, known as the left and right hemisphere. While each hemisphere has unique functions, which one side performs and the other does not, both hemispheres possess the ability to analyze sensory data, perform memory functions, learn new information, form thoughts, and make decisions. By the time we are two years old, one hemisphere begins to dominate our decision-making and creative processes.

The left hemisphere specializes in analytical thought. It is responsible for dealing with "hard" facts such as abstractions, structure, discipline, rules, time sequences, mathematics, categorizing, logic, rationality, and deductive reasoning. It is also responsible for details, knowledge, definitions, planning, goals, words, productivity, efficiency, science, technology, stability, extraversion, physical activity, and the right side of the body. Left hemisphere ability is the predominant focus in school and society.

The right hemisphere specializes in "softer" aspects than the left hemisphere. The right hemisphere is responsible for intuition, feelings, sensitivity, emotions, daydreaming, visualizing, creativity, color, spatial awareness, and first impressions. It is also responsible for rhythm, spontaneity, impulsiveness, the physical senses, risk-taking, flexibility and variety, learning by experience, relationships, mysticism, play and sports, introversion, humor, motor skills, and the left side of the body (the old belief that left-handed people are more creative does hold some scientific credence). The right hemisphere also has a holistic method of perception that is able to recognize patterns and similarities and combines those elements into new forms.

The Brain Type Test consists of 54 questions and can be completed in about 10 minutes. After completing the test, you will be given your free left and right brain score. You will also be given a small detailed paragraph explaining the characteristics that are associated with your each side. The detailed evaluation explains the exact nature of your brain's halves' ability to communicate with each other and how that communication affects your life in how you learn, remember, process data, and contemplate issues.


Here are my results:

Left Brain: 41%...........Right Brain: 59%

Left-brained percentages:
54% reality-based
32% linear
27% sequential
21% logical
17% symbolic
14% verbal

Right-brained percentages:
44% fantasy oriented
43% intuitive
38% nonverbal
37% concrete
34% random
30% holisitic


While I wasn't surprised to see that I'm more right-brained than left-brained, I found the breakdown of information in each hemisphere incredibly useful for explaining a number of things...like why my mixed media work tends to always demonstrate a sense of order amongst chaos.

air mail
"air mail" © 2006 kelly angard

Take the test...and see if the results shed some creative light for you!

please note: While the test was created using extensive and detailed research, the purpose of this tests is (1) for education and general knowledge, (2) to provide a fun and useful tool and (3) promote a greater understanding of creativity.

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Wednesday, January 9, 2008

defining moments


"dawn's early light"
© 2007 kelly angard

Big decisions lie ahead for each and each and every one of us...for our country.

The 2008 political race has just begun...and so has the questions. There's an undeniable excitement and desire for change in the air, and it looks as if the 2008 Presidential elections will be one of the most exciting political races in history!


Find out which candidates are most aligned with your views and opinions by taking the
Select-a-Candidate Survey developed by Minnesota Public Radio. The survey is non-partisan and not meant to pick the candidate for you...rather it is designed to inform the public of the various stances each candidate makes.

Education is a human right with immense power to transform.
On its foundation rests the cornerstones of freedom,
democracy and sustainable human development.
- Kofi Annan

No matter your political party or views...participate in this year's election;
...be a part of history!


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More of my art & photography can be found on my new website:
kelly a. fine art & photography

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Monday, January 7, 2008

Constant Change...


© 2007 kelly angard>
If there's one thing we can always count on...it's change.

After years of my back supporting me through three decades of competitive sports, the births of two beautiful children and more difficult situations than I can remember...the time came for me to give my spine the care it needs to carry me through the rest of my life. So...a few months ago, I had some serious hardware added to this vital yet delicate structure...6 screws and 4 rods were attached to my lower spine during a double level spine fusion surgery.

I am now doing really well...feeling a little more like myself each and every day. I think this is going to be a long journey...longer than I'd like...but I'm committed to returning to my previous strength and activity level.
I know I'll come out of this experience healthier and stronger...and one centimeter taller!!! :)

I've come to realize that when it comes to our personal challenges, as long as we keep putting one foot in front of the other, we are moving forward...no matter how small or slow the step.

Our bodies are amazing...
Medical technology is incredible...
and
Life is beautiful.
:)

Happy New Year to you all...

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Saturday, September 29, 2007

shadowland


shadowland
© 2007 kelly angard


"Across the broad continent of a woman's life falls the shadow of a sword. On one side is all correct, definite, orderly; the paths are strait, the trees regular, the sun shaded; escorted by gentlemen, protected by policemen, wedded and buried by clergymen, she has only to walk demurely from cradle to grave and no one will touch a hair of her head.
But on the other side is all confusion. Nothing follows a regular course..."

- from the essay "Harriette Wilson" by Virginia Woolfe

More of my art & photography can be found on my new website:
kelly a. fine art & photography


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Thursday, July 12, 2007

the secret


the answer
© 2007 kelly angard

Don't you love it when the truth is so wonderfully simple?

available through
my art & photography website:
kelly a. fine art & photography


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