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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Sandy Piper strolled the strand


Sandy Piper strolled the strand
looking for her long lost band
of seagulls, but she couldn't stand
what Gullarazzi rogues had planned!

Poor Sandy ... it's hard to be at the mercy of miscreants .... ;o7

#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 Jaana Nyström

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

"Oh no, not salad again!!"


"Oh no, not salad again!!"
Relax, kids, you're gonna love it.
Don't you know that Fridays are #Bokehlicious?!

Ornamental Cabbage, with zero restraint, and sanity, in the use of the Vibrancy slider ... ;o7

#FridaysAreBokehlicious   :o) … ˚ºoOoº˚
With a nod and grin to those sundry #bokehlicious #bokeholics (that may rival the non-curator list of a certain non-theme! … ;o7)
Leo Deegan Art through the Aperture Photography Nicole H Sean McLean Shelly Corbett Betty Habesch Kal Pant Elizabeth Hahn Michael B. Stuart Paul Moody Toshinori ABE Winnie Young Graham Knights Keith Elliott Jacek N. Kozioł Jasbir S. Randhawa ***** Darion Jackman John Balboni April L Hill Shannon Adelson Dylan Johnson Shelly Gunderson Robin Griggs Wood Kathleen Kent Angie Smith John Getchel Uwe Duwe Magdalena MadZ Wesly Smith

#rgwoodpost #photography #googleplusphotos #Friday #TGIF #naturephotography #FloralFriday #FlowerFriday  #flowerphotography #floralphotography #hqspflowers #btpflowerpro

Fire & Ash


Fire & Ash

The fire nearby still blazes. It's now taken out 33,000 acres, but is only at 10% containment. I am not close enough to it to be threatened, but I am sad for the people who have lost their homes. The smoke cloud has covered hundreds of miles around over the past days and we still have ash everywhere.


#rgwoodpost #photography #googleplusphotos #flowers #flowerphotography #macromonday #hqspflowers #hqspmacro #btpflowerpro #btpmacropro #macroaddict

Dance Like Nobody's Watching


Dance Like Nobody's Watching

"People like to talk
Because they don't know what to say
Running from the truth
Because the truth's too much to take
I keep raising glasses cause I only got today
I just keep moving
I just keep moving..."
Elli Goulding – Keep On Dancinghttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mX_V9PvC89o

Or, if you prefer a more giggle-worthy video to light up your Sunday, or jumpstart your week ahead: Go for the Gentrys Keep On Dancing https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VeEs6e0FdwU ... hahaha ... I grinned all the way through that ... ;oD

About this image:
This is a composite, but more of a study for me, as I ever work to hone my lighting and sharpen my creative mind. The Dancer is Jennita Russo, shot by Barry Goyette (Creative Commons: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Two_dancers.jpg) and the visual walla is from Creative Film's greenscreen footage: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCr9ibM1ESxixN5egOyh94mQ

The warehouse background is my own, but, hey, whatcha gonna do with a big open warehouse?! ... once you get it all edited, it just sort of sits there and murmurs "Now what?" at you repeatedly.

#justforthefunofit #rgwoodpost #photography #googleplusphotos #fantasyart #surrealart #digitalart #digitalpainting #photoshop #photomanipulation #mattepainting

You never know ...


You never know ...
... it could be a #SeagullButtInDisguise .
On an interesting side note, my world is covered in ash. The sky was so dark this morning, I thought someone had slipped me the Red Pill last night and I'd woken up outside of the Matrix. There's a major fire about 20 miles away that has burned over 5500 acres over night. ... :o/

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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 Jaana Nyström


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

Clarity Comes With Simplicity.


Clarity Comes With Simplicity.

"To inspire a singularity of focus, a challenge must be important to you and it must be something you feel you should do now in this moment. If it's trivial or not time-bound, you won't engage. So in selecting your next challenge in life, choose one that is meaningful and will demand your complete concentration."

"People are remarkably bad at remembering long lists of goals. I learned this at a professional level when trying to get my high-performance coaching clients to stay on track; the longer their lists of to-dos and goals, the more overwhelmed and off-track they got. Clarity comes with simplicity."

~ Brendon Burchard

#MoodyMonday #moodymondayphoto #MoodyMondayPhotography #MoodsOfMonday #MyMoodyMonday Moody Monday with thanks to Alen Ianni


#rgwoodpost #photography #googleplusphotos #MirrorsAndReflections #MirrorMonday #MotivationMonday #Motivation #Inspiration #QuoteOfTheDay #MotivationalMonday #Success

The Baroque Garden


The Baroque Garden

On any given day you can see bunnies munching on the pristine lawn and parrot flocks flying overhead. This isn't the only thing you'll see, if you go to the The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens. It contains many gardens over its 120 acres, including a Chinese Garden, Desert Garden, Japanese Garden, Australian Garden, Camellia Garden, Children's Garden, Conservatory, Herb Garden, Lily Pond, Jungle Garden, Palm Garden, Ranch Garden, Rose Garden, Shakespeare Garden and a Subtropical Garden. Find out more, here: http://www.huntington.org/

An interesting bit of trivia about the fountain at the end of this long expanse graced by statues on either side (most of which dates from the late 17th and early 18th centuries):
The 17th century, Istrian stone, Italian fountain had been brought to England in the early 18th-century and remained there until it was purchased by Henry Huntington in 1915. It was shipped from New York in 48 boxes that filled an entire railway car. Oddly enough, the fountain arrived without assembly instructions and with a few extra pieces. ... ;oD



#LandscapePhotography with thanks to Margaret Tompkins Tony Phillips Dave Gaylord Doug Hagadorn Eric Drumm and Landscape Photography


#rgwoodpost #photography #googleplusphotos #hqsplandscape #BTPLandscapePro BTP Landscape Pro #California #Travel #TravelPhotography




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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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Small world, isn't it?


Small world, isn't it?

;o))


#promotephotography with thanks to Edith Kukla and Promote Photography
#rgwoodpost #photography #googleplusphotos #colors #inspiration #hqsparchitecture #btparchitecturepro  BTP Architecture Pro

Gullarazzi's Cunundrum


Gullarazzi's Conundrum

I usually can't tell whether they are coming or going.

;o7

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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 Jaana Nyström

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

Kalahari Sunrise


Kalahari Sunrise

Wishing you a blessed weekend ... :o)

More on the Kalahari: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kalahari_Desert



#LandscapePhotography with thanks to Margaret Tompkins Tony Phillips Dave Gaylord Doug Hagadorn Eric Drumm and Landscape Photography

#rgwoodpost #photography #googleplusphotos #naturephotography #naturephotographers #natureandwildlifephotos #animalphotography #wildlifephotography #hqspanimals #BTPAnimalPRO BTP Animal Pro #artdesign #designs #fantasy #fantasyart #fantasydigitalart #digital #creative #digitalart #surrealart #painting #colors #inspiration #hqsplandscape #BTPLandscapePro BTP Landscape Pro #surrealartsaturday #themagicoflight

Don't worry, I'm not giving you a red flag on your weekendplans ... ;o) ... but Floral Fridays are #bokehlicious !


Don't worry, I'm not giving you a red flag on your weekend plans ... ;o) ... but Floral Fridays are #bokehlicious !

Heliconia bihai x caribaea

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

#FridaysAreBokehlicious  :o) … ˚ºoOoº˚
With a nod and grin to those sundry #bokehlicious #bokeholics (that may rival the non-curator list of a certain non-theme! … ;o7), Leo Deegan Paul Moody Art through the Aperture Photography Nicole H John Balboni Kal Pant Dave Besbris Wendy Chase Wesly Smith Angie Smith Elizabeth Hahn Michael B. Stuart Dylan Johnson Shelly Gunderson Shannon Adelson Graham Knights Sean McLean and, erm, me!

#rgwoodpost #photography #googleplusphotos #Friday #TGIF #naturephotography #FloralFriday #FlowerFriday #flowerphotography #floralphotography #hqspflowers #btpflowerpro