I'M HERE TO EMPOWER YOU!

I’m an artist . . . but that’s not saying much, because I believe, and it is something that I have devoted my time heavily to convey, that art expression is an inherent property of human nature. The media may vary, but not the innate disposition.

Those that know me have heard my “talent-as-myth” diatribe all too often, and if you end up tuning in to my posts, you will encounter it soon enough. It is my goal to change the notion, which a great number of people resign to, that one needs to have “talent” to pursue the art they feel or want and am doing this on a daily basis through my program in the G+ Mentorship Program for Photographers.

With that as preface, I will probably devote a portion of my posts to inspiring artists, but I also plan to impart other conceptions that I have about life in general, with the goal of elevating, encouraging, enlivening or energizing those who read them.

Let me begin with this:

I wish for you the ability to create for yourself all that your heart desires.

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"The Myth of Talent" by Robin Griggs Wood

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Sunrise at the "Valley of Fire", Nevada


Sunrise at the "Valley of Fire", Nevada

Funny, every time I look into that folder, the sky seems somehow different ... ;o)



#tgsmu #tgsmu15 #lasvegas #tgsmu2015

#LandscapePhotography with thanks to Margaret Tompkins Jim Warthman Toshi Nakamura and Landscape Photography
#rgwoodpost #photography #googleplusphotos #hqsplandscape #BTPLandscapePro #Nevada #SunrisePhotography #Sunrise #Travel #TravelPhotography #Sky

Mesmera


Mesmera

So, this happened ... ;o)
It started out as a bit of play because my boyfriend pointed out to me some cool effects a polarizing filter makes over common, crumpled cellophane (that stuff you get wrapped around blu-ray/dvd movies). Using my laptop screen (with a white background on full screen in Photoshop), which also happens to be polarized, and then turning the filter, the cellophane comes up with these crazy colors and makes for some interesting abstracts ⇒ see a screenshot of those here: https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/jQr5TKXVifI8RPliM8Ab2y1PknTO_G4LH5XftUrgYVWQ=s0.

I was inspired to play with them after doing a critique hangout with Lou McCorkle ... she made these gorgeous abstract works, and there really wasn't much to "critique" with them; they were fantastic. But I think the mood of playing with abstract work stuck with me after spending time ooh-ing and ah-ing at her work ... :o). It's all your fault, Lou ... ;o)))

Layering, masking, applying textures, rearranging, applying blend modes ... 50 some layers worth of etcetera ... and voila!

I see it in my mind's eye as printed large, so it may be better for you to click on it and view it in the lightbox.



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#SurrealArtSaturday with thanks to Mikko Tyllinen & SurrealArtSaturday
Fantastic & Surreal Photos with thanks to Gemma Costa Rob Heron #fantasticandsurrealphotos
HQSP Photo Art with thanks to Anja Wessels Enrique Pelaez #hqspphotoartmanipulation
#rgwoodpost #photography #googleplusphotos   #fantasy #fantasyart #fantasydigitalart #digital #photoshop #creative #hqspart #DigitalArtSaturday   #surrealart   #photomanipulator #photomanipulation

Mmmm ... bokeh!


Mmmm ... bokeh!
You can just ignore the flower ... ;o))

Fridays are #bokehlicious  :o) … ˚ºoOoº˚
With a nod and grin to those #bokeholics, Leo Deegan Michael B. Stuart Dave Besbris Art through the Apeture Photography Wesly Smith Angie Smith  Wendy Chase Paul Moody Shannon Adelson and sundry (that may rival the non-curator list of a certain non-theme! … ;o7)
Michael B. Stuart +Leo Deegan +Wesly Smith & +Dave Besbris

Possibilities


Possibilities
Don't fall into negatives about yourself. Don't spend any time thinking that you have wasted time, because that is a waste in itself. Focus on now and the future only. Focus on what it possible.

Everything you need is right there in you already.

Don't make less of yourself, not ever. When you do that, you are tearing down that which you are trying to build. YOU are the best thing you have; don't forget that.


#LeavesOnThursday with thanks to Mehdia Ridder and Leaves On Thursday  #rgwoodpost #photography #googleplusphotos

Sidewalk Toasted Flatbread


Sidewalk Toasted Flatbread
#WhatsOnTheMenu   #SparrowLunchDate
#giggle

#BackyardBirdingMonday with thanks to Ricky L Jones Celeste Odono and Marilou Aballe  Backyard Birding Monday #BackyardbirdingMonday

#rgwoodpost #photography #googleplusphotos

Centered


Centered

A mind centered and not focused on harming others, is stronger than any physical force in the universe.
ᴡᴀʏɴᴇ ᴅʏᴇʀ


#FloralFriday with thanks to Tamara Pruessner Eustace James Beth Akerman Kiki Nelson and FloralFriday
#MacroAddict MacroAddict with thanks to Sandrine Berjonneau and Didier Caron
#rgwoodpost #photography #googleplusphotos #Friday #TGIF #naturephotography #macrophotography #FlowerFriday  #flowerphotography #floralphotography #hqspflowers #hqspmacro #Macro4All #MacroManiacs

Meanwhile...


Meanwhile...
Somewhere In Another Universe

Sometimes ya just gotta go crazy.

#damnthecritics   #fullspeedahead

#rgwoodpost #googleplusphotos #hqspart #Sky #digitalart #digitalpainting #photoshop #photomanipulation  #mattepainting

How often I found where I should be going only by setting out forsomewhere else. (Buckminster Fuller)


How often I found where I should be going only by setting out for somewhere else. (Buckminster Fuller)

Funny, every time I look into that folder, the sky seems somehow different ... ;o)

Valley of Fire, Nevada ... um, fire-quenched ... ;o)

#tgsmu   #tgsmu2015

#MountainMonday with thanks to Michael Russell and Mountain Monday
#MonochromeMonday  with thanks to HBE Jerry Johnson Steve Barge Dominique Hilbert David Orr and Monochrome Monday
#LandscapePhotography with thanks to Margaret Tompkins Jim Warthman Toshi Nakamura and Landscape Photography

#rgwoodpost #photography #googleplusphotos #hqsplandscape #BTPLandscapePro #Nevada #Sunrise #Travel #TravelPhotography #Sky

”Dive?“


”Dive?“
Bright orange flippers and matching mask ($19.95 at Walmart).
Blue Speedo swimsuit ($3.00 at secondhand store).
Diving lessons over the entirety of last Summer ($99.00).

#SeagullButtInADuckCostume … priceless


#SeagullButtsInDisguise


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If you've made it this far, please know that there is NO such photography theme as #SeagullButtSaturday. The following people, sometimes posting to the #FunniestNonthemeOnGplus, are actually the #FunniestNonCuratorsOnGplus.

Robin Griggs Wood Ursula Klepper Christin McLeod Sassi Sassmannshausen Lauri Novak Richard Ball Craig Szymanski Melissa Beagle Ellie Kennard Cora Triton Steve Savoie Pam Wolfe +Joy Mum Jon Cassill Tom McGowan Annie Irving Diana Boyd Debby Moran Alex Lapidus Lou McCorkle Rob Lopes Kimmetal Smith Bette Kauffman Liz C Jacqueline Hodsdon Darion Jackman Steven Kennard Sharon Stone Dawn Siadatan Sumit Sen Jasbir S. Randhawa Gazzaroonii T. John Wade Dave Bell Swee Oh Leo Deegan Nancy Battis Vita Patrick Kelly Marilyn Benham Mari Luukkonen Lora Lee Chapman Giselle Savoie Carin Bruce David Q. Cohen Gernot Glaeser Maureen Roberson Brian Grzelewski cobalt please Darcee McCutcheon Annelies Jansen Rachel Ferris Margaret Tompkins Jan Vermeulen Christi Nielsen

Real themes:
#birds4all curated by Walter Soestbergen Ricky L Jones & Birds4All
#birdloversandwildlife curated by Robert SKREINER  BIRD Lovers & WILDLIFE
#birdsgallery  with thanks to Heinrich Wagner

Must-have hashtags (for hackling the hashtag-haters … ;o))
#SeagullButtSaturday (duh!)
#SeagullButtShots
#SeagullButts
#notatheme
#SeagullButtsInDisguise (for other birds; a fine way to use up all those bird shots you took that are "not quite what you were shooting for" and currently languishing on your hard drive.)
#Gulluminati (what the group of non-curators have come to be known as)
#FunniestNonthemeOnGplus (because, isn't it?! … ;oD)
#Splatterday (Jasbir's invention, applicable for, ahem, some conditional shots … ;o7)

#rgwoodpost #Gulluminati #Gullarazzi #FunniestNonthemeOnGplus
#googleplusphotos #hqspbirds #btpbirdpro #birdsgallery

Floral Fridays Are Bokehlicious?


Floral Fridays Are Bokehlicious?

:o))

Fridays are #bokehlicious  :o) … ˚ºoOoº˚
With a nod and grin to those #bokeholics, Leo Deegan Michael B. Stuart Dave Besbris Art through the Apeture Photography Wesly Smith Angie Smith  Wendy Chase Paul Moody Shannon Adelson and I've lost track of who else .. ;o)

#FloralFriday with thanks to Tamara Pruessner Eustace James Beth Akerman Kiki Nelson and FloralFriday

#rgwoodpost #photography #googleplusphotos #Friday #TGIF #naturephotography #macrophotography #FlowerFriday  #flowerphotography #floralphotography #hqspflowers

So, how was your weekend? ... :o))


So, how was your weekend? ... :o))


#mirrormonday (Mirrors and Reflections) with thanks to Gemma Costa and Rob Heron
#LandscapePhotography with thanks to Margaret Tompkins Jim Warthman Toshi Nakamura and Landscape Photography

#rgwoodpost #photography #googleplusphotos #hqsplandscape #BTPLandscapePro #California #Malibu   #PacificCoast #SunsetPhotography #Sunset #Travel #TravelPhotography #Sky

”Floyd, have you found my car keys yet?!“


”Floyd, have you found my car keys yet?!“

“Floyd?”
”Floyd?!!”

The mystery of Floyd’s disappearance will forever haunt Edna.

That doesn’t, however, trump the mystery of why Edna had car keys in the first place.



#SeagullButtInADuckCostume
#SeagullButtsInDisguise


––––
If you've made it this far, please know that there is NO such photography theme as #SeagullButtSaturday. The following people, sometimes posting to the #FunniestNonthemeOnGplus, are actually the #FunniestNonCuratorsOnGplus.

Robin Griggs Wood Ursula Klepper Christin McLeod Sassi Sassmannshausen Lauri Novak Richard Ball Craig Szymanski Melissa Beagle Ellie Kennard Cora Triton Steve Savoie Pam Wolfe +Joy Mum Jon Cassill Tom McGowan Annie Irving Diana Boyd Debby Moran Alex Lapidus Lou McCorkle Rob Lopes Kimmetal Smith Bette Kauffman Liz C Jacqueline Hodsdon Darion Jackman Steven Kennard Sharon Stone Dawn Siadatan Sumit Sen Jasbir S. Randhawa Gazzaroonii T. John Wade Dave Bell Swee Oh Leo Deegan Nancy Battis Vita Patrick Kelly Marilyn Benham Mari Luukkonen Lora Lee Chapman Giselle Savoie Carin Bruce David Q. Cohen Gernot Glaeser Maureen Roberson Brian Grzelewski cobalt please Darcee McCutcheon Annelies Jansen Rachel Ferris Margaret Tompkins Jan Vermeulen Christi Nielsen

Real themes:
#birds4all curated by Walter Soestbergen Ricky L Jones & Birds4All
#birdloversandwildlife curated by Robert SKREINER  BIRD Lovers & WILDLIFE
#birdsgallery  with thanks to Heinrich Wagner

Must-have hashtags (for hackling the hashtag-haters … ;o))
#SeagullButtSaturday (duh!)
#SeagullButtShots
#SeagullButts
#notatheme
#SeagullButtsInDisguise (for other birds; a fine way to use up all those bird shots you took that are "not quite what you were shooting for" and currently languishing on your hard drive.)
#Gulluminati (what the group of non-curators have come to be known as)
#FunniestNonthemeOnGplus (because, isn't it?! … ;oD)
#Splatterday (Jasbir's invention, applicable for, ahem, some conditional shots … ;o7)

#rgwoodpost #Gulluminati #Gullarazzi #FunniestNonthemeOnGplus
#googleplusphotos #hqspbirds #btpbirdpro #birdsgallery

Happy 4th of July, America!!


Happy 4th of July, America!!

Of Like Mind


Of Like Mind

Wishing you all a gentle journey into your weekend ... :o).
And a happy 4th of July to all my American friends!!

#FloralFriday with thanks to Tamara Pruessner Eustace James Beth Akerman Kiki Nelson and FloralFriday
#rgwoodpost #photography #googleplusphotos #Friday #TGIF #naturephotography #macrophotography #FlowerFriday  #flowerphotography #floralphotography #hqspflowers

Small Things


Small Things

There are some things that you can fulfill with money, but at the end of the day these are not the things that make you happy.

It is the small things that make life good.


~Sebastian Vettel


#ThirstyThursdayPics with thanks to  Giuseppe Basile & Mark Esguerra #thirstythursday
#macroaddict (MacroAddict) with thanks to Sandrine Berjonneau  Jean-Pierre Malézieux Christian PR Ruth Hochholdinger and William Banik
#rgwoodpost #photography #googleplusphotos #naturephotography #macrophotography #hqspmacro #MacroAddicts #MacroManiacs #Macro4All