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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Counsel From the Mer-Folk Digital Image Composite by Robin Griggs Wood.

Counsel From the Mer-Folk Digital Image Composite by Robin Griggs Wood.
A gathering to consult the elders of the sea.
About this image:

30 images were used to create this one image. The rock structure was not actually on the water, but is a panoramic stitch of 4 images. Some of the seals on the foreground portion of the rocks were one seal that was being shooed from dock by a marina worker. Others are from various other stops along the coast. (Here's a sample of some of the images that went into it: https://photos.google.com/photo/AF1QipNVEFwafp4V5BVQ8E7dZIv1Dnvx8oRywnOPy8hO). The water was created using Flaming Pear's "Flood", among other basic reflection techniques. The liability with "Flood" is that it only creates a mirror reflection. However, that is not how real reflections work, in terms of perspective. So, many of the reflections of the foreground rocks and seals on the perspective plane had to be added individually after the initial reflection was created.

Pop Quiz! How many seals can you count here? (I won't make you count the pelicans ... ;o))

With this many #Sea-ullButts and #SeagullButtsInDisguise , it fits right into #SeagullButtSaturday  .... ;o))

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:
#SurrealArtSaturday  with thanks to Mikko Tyllinen
#fantasticandsurrealphotos with thanks to Gemma Costa Rob Heron  and Fantastic & Surreal Photos
#fineartfantasticphotos  with thanks to Fine Art Fantastic Photos  Heimo MAUSER and Freya de Castelbajac
#LandscapePhotography with thanks to Margaret Tompkins Tony Phillips Dave Gaylord Doug Hagadorn Eric Drumm and Landscape Photography

Must-have hashtags (for hackling the hashtag-haters … ;o))
#SeagullButtSaturday (duh!)
#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 #DigitalArtSaturday #hqspphotoart   #BTPOtherPro   #digitalart #digitalpainting #photoshop #photomanipulation   #mattepainting

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Please feel free to ask me,
if you would like any of my images
available for print at robingriggswood.com

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  1. Robin, this ranks up there as one of your best. Wonderful!

  2. 18 or 19 seals....lost count, grin!  :-)

  3. This shot is light years beyond the reach of my imagination, truly amazing!

  4. Amazing! (19? pelicans disguised as seals)

  5. Ken Fischer -- aw, thank you so much for saying that! I worked long on it so I truly appreciate it!
    Liz C -- thank you, dear!
    Gernot Glaeser -- thank you, my friend!

  6. David Q. Cohen -- heheh ... ;o)) ... thanks!
    Jacqueline Hodsdon -- thank you, dear! ... and pretty good on the count!
    Christian Meermann -- thank you, kindly, my friend!

  7. José Elias Vieira -- thank you
    Richard Ball -- thank you, my friend! And spot on with the count! (too funny, "pelicans disguised as seagulls" ... ;oD)
    Mari Luukkonen -- heehee ... and thank you, dear!

  8. omg..  I'm trying to work on a piece right now that I want to have this warm, sun ray look...  you did it beautifully!  (as always)

  9. Sandra Parlow -- thank you, dear! Give me a little shout out when you post it, if ... I want to see it!

  10. Счастливого Хеллоуина Robin Griggs Wood.

  11. Oh, Robin Griggs Wood, this is so wonderful! You picked quite possibly the most challenging aspects to create this: water, reflection, light, shadows, splashes... and it all comes together so beautifully! 
    You have a link above that I think is suppose to show the photo components but it just leads back to your home page... would love to see those components!

  12. Christina Lihani -- thank you so much, dear! Oh, and thank you for the heads up on the link (durn G+ and these new "Photos" ... links don’t work properly anymore) ... does this one work? .... https://plus.google.com/photos/103698889037599783920/albums/5928042012643913473/6209258153320012738?authkey=CKDzuvu1jvvL2QE&pid=6209258153320012738&oid=103698889037599783920
    I'll edit my text ... but that link is SO long!
    EDIT: I just clicked on it and it only goes to the album ... so frustrating. It the last image there.

    Ok, this one should work: https://photos.google.com/photo/AF1QipNVEFwafp4V5BVQ8E7dZIv1Dnvx8oRywnOPy8hO

  13. This is an epic work of art. What a labor of love!! Incredibly well done... Wow... Blown away!!

  14. Superb work Robin Griggs Wood Thank you for sharing!   Wishing you a great weekend!

  15. 30 images! That is certainly counsel-worthy

  16. Alexander Bud -- thank you!
    Angela Migliore -- thank you, dear!
    Giselle Savoie -- thank you so much, dear!

  17. George Fletcher -- thank you, my friend!!
    Leo Deegan -- with that many sea-ull shots, I had to do something, right?! ... ;oD. Thanks, my friend .. ;o)

  18. Jenny Loren -- thank you, dear! Oh, and I just figured out your number in Chrysta's hunt ... ;o) #secretsIcannotyetreveal  ... ;o)))

  19. Stunning work dear Robin Griggs Wood . I am happy to share it with #fineartfantasticphoto  , Fine Art Fantastic Photos by Heimo MAUSER  and Freya de Castelbajac .
    Happy Halloween Robin:-)

  20. Wonderful story... beautifully composited... Bravo!!!

  21. An awesome piece of #seagullbut artwork.

  22. The first link worked Robin Griggs Wood! (The second link gave me a 404)
    I am now seeing the photo with fresh eyes and I somehow find myself even more amazed!

  23. An amazing piece of work Robin Griggs Wood

  24. Wow Robin Griggs Wood, this is just amazing!!!

  25. I count 19 :o) this is a fantastic work! Thank you for sharing the link, the first in Your answer to Christina works for me also. It is really amazing to see where you start, what you put together and the stunning result!!

  26. Awesome. ..mesmerising ...thnx beautiful share...stay blessed dear..

  27. Brilliant, I think this is my favorite of all time from you. 
    I remember Flaming Pear's Flood from years ago, what a fun tool that could be. I think I managed to "lose" mine when upgrading computers somewhere along the line, but now I'm going to have to poke around and see if I can find it.

  28. Enjoyed the BTS for this!  Looking forward to learning more about light!

  29. This is wonderful. It reminds me that I haven't visited the local art museum in a while :-)

  30. Thank you so much, Craig Szymanski ... :o))

  31. this is really fantastic! breathtaking amazing truly inspiring artwork!

  32. Wonderful work as always Robin Griggs Wood​!
    Takes us all into a place where a walk along the beach at sunset and seeing these birds is pure magic.

  33. Aw, thank you for saying that, dear Ellie Kennard ... xo!

  34. Thanks for bringing this wonderful scene to my attention again Ellie Kennard  :-)

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