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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You can begin by watching "The Myth of Talent" here:


"The Myth of Talent" by Robin Griggs Wood

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“Humble and Kind”


“Humble and Kind”
[words by Lori McKenna, for her children]

Hold the door, say please, say thank you
Don't steal, don't cheat, and don't lie.
I know you got mountains to climb, but
Always stay humble and kind

When the dreams you're dreaming come to you,
When the work you put in is realized.
Let yourself feel the pride, but
Always stay humble and kind.

Don't expect a free ride from no one.
Don't hold a grudge or a chip and here's why:
Bitterness keeps you from flying.
Always stay humble and kind.

Know the difference between sleeping with someone
And sleeping with someone you love.
“I love you” ain't no pick up line, so
Always stay humble and kind.

Don't take for granted the love this life gives you.
When you get where you're going, turn right back around.
And help the next one in line;
Always stay humble and kind

[Tim McGraw version: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=awzNHuGqoMc]

“How far you go in life depends on your being tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving and tolerant of the weak and strong. Because at some point in your life you will have been all of these.” ~ George Washington Carver

h/t Steve Elder

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#AllThingsMonochrome with thanks to Charles Lupica Bill Wood Enrique Pelaez and All Things Monochrome

#rgwoodpost #photography #googleplusphotos
#bwfineart #bwphotography #blackandwhite #blackandwhitephotos #10000photographersbw #10000photographersBWmonochrome #blackandwhitephotography #bw #monochrome #monochromephotography #hqspmonochrome #hqspanimals #wildlifewednesday

It Ain't What Yer Wearin', It's the Way That Ya Wear it!


It Ain't What Yer Wearin', It's the Way That Ya Wear it!

Any old bird can tell ya that! ... ;o))

#SeagullButtsInDisguise #DoesThisCostumeMakeMyButtLookBig ?

I hope you all are having a great weekend  ... and doing it in style!

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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
My G+ albums: https://sites.google.com/site/rgwphotoalbums/

Predawn Flight Check


Predawn Flight Check

I hope you're having a glorious day!



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A public service announcement from the "Society of Giraffes Who Understand the Rules of a Happy Life" (SOGWUTROAHL? ... ;o7)

Me, I'm just wishing you a happy life ... :o)



For #WildlifeWednesday with thanks to Mike Spinak and Morkel Erasmus

#rgwoodpost #photography #googleplusphotos #naturephotography #animalphotography #giraffe  #hqspanimals #btpanimalpro

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http://www.robingriggswood.com/Featured/Fine-Art-Composite/i-42fDsDQ/buy

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

If you would like to view my albums here at G+ go to
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Despite all appearances, I’m not MIA, merely AWOL, buried under a pileof deadlines (that have gone past with a delightful “whoosh” sound).Though, I’ve digressed before I’ve even started the story ...


Despite all appearances, I’m not MIA, merely AWOL, buried under a pile of deadlines (that have gone past with a delightful “whoosh” sound). Though, I’ve digressed before I’ve even started the story ...

Here in the “Butt-ery”, the Super-Intended have super intended that these #seagullbuttsindisguise be trained as the superintendents of the vast, uncontrollable hoards of #seagullbutts that haunt our land. As you can see, they have the imperious air to take on such a mission. The Super-Intended train them on pinwheels; and when these trainees can get the pinwheels to move and stop by will alone, they are ready to set forth and superintend the #seagullbutts of the world.

Which is why we currently have no superintendents of #seagullbutts.
For the superintendent trainees haven’t even gone so far as to notice the pinwheels and are ever content to remain here in the “Butt-ery” practicing their imperious air.

Sigh.

These trainees are so imperious, they don’t allow onlookers, so I had to shoot them from quite a distance in pano––close to 20 images––which was a #bitchtostitch, lemme tell ya (‘cuz they move around a lot––imperiously, of course).

Not so miraculous of a final result, but I’m takin’ creds for getting them stitched (‘cuz #yagottatakeyercredswhereyoucangetthem).

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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
My G+ albums: https://sites.google.com/site/rgwphotoalbums/