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.

Start!


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


"The Myth of Talent" by Robin Griggs Wood

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Breakfast Noms


Breakfast Noms

Because Fridays are #Bokehlicious ... :o)) … ˚ºoOoº˚
Caught this little one while I was out in the early morning getting shots of my current houseguest → https://www.dropbox.com/s/dsxychtajygan75/_MG_0005_0916-_rgw_web.jpg?dl=0 ... who, by the way, has been gorging herself on the buffet I laid out for her (yeah, Monarch!) ... but she is a greedy houseguest as these flowers on the plant → https://www.dropbox.com/s/8xqf8drnw3flzol/Screen%20Shot%202016-09-30%20at%2010.29.21%20AM.png?dl=0 are totally GONE today! Oh well, I planted them for her anyway. It's nice to see that she appreciated my hospitality ... ;o).



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 David Mathre 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

Birds GALLERY with thanks to Heinrich Wagner and Susan Wilkinson  #birdsgallery

#rgwoodpost #photography #googleplusphotos #Friday #TGIF #naturephotography #FloralFriday #FlowerFriday #flowerphotography #floralphotography #btpbirdpro BTP Bird Pro  #animalphotography #hqspbirds  #wildlifephotography #wildlifephotos #naturelovers #FridaysAreBokehlicious #hummingbird

”AAARRRGH, Mateys!!”


”AAARRRGH, Mateys!!”

It all started during their typical Saturday night entertainment: rummaging through the garbage behind the local beachfront pie house. That fateful night, the proprietor came out, waving his arms and yelled at them, “Get out of here you dirty pie rats!!” One of the gang turned to the leader and said, ”Did you hear that, Cappy? He thinks we’re pirates!” That started an idea in Cappy’s micro seagullbutt mind … and the rest … well, you get the picture. (Well, you get this picture … you’ll have to use your imagination for the rest … ;o7)
Just wait until they get back to the colony with their plundered booty there … and realize they should have stolen that long, metal contraption with the round, sharp edge on it, too.
It’s going to take them a while to get back anyway, since they stole the boat in the first place and have no clue about unfurling sails to make it go faster.
Usually, they just drift home.

For anyone who’s had it dawn on them by now, yes, the entire boat is the poop deck … ;o7

♫♪ ”Yo, ho, yo, hoA pie rat’s life for me! ♪♫


Many thanks to Sassi Sassmannshausen for making the mast and rigging for me in CINEMA 4D, when my Photoshop coughed, sputtered and died during save on the first iteration and I needed an enticement to give it another go.


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

Floral Fridays are #Bokehlicious ... :o))


Floral Fridays are #Bokehlicious ... :o))


#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 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

#MacroAddict MacroAddict with thanks to Sandrine Berjonneau

#rgwoodpost #photography #googleplusphotos #Friday #TGIF #naturephotography #FloralFriday #FlowerFriday #flowerphotography #floralphotography #hqspflowers #btpflowerpro #hqspmacro #Macro4All #MacroManiacs #macrophotography

Tree Hugger


Tree Hugger

Baby cheetah, giving some love to a neighbor ... :o))

#threatenedthursday
*Cheetahs are included on the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) list of vulnerable species (African subspecies threatened, Asiatic subspecies in critical situation) as well as on the US Endangered Species Act: threatened species. ~ Wikipedia

Hanging out in real life with Jenny Loren Sassi Sassmannshausen and Paula Contreres ( Art through the Aperture Photography)

#rgwoodpost #photography #googleplusphotos #BTPAnimalPRO BTP Animal Pro  #HQSPAnimals #catsbigandsmallthebest
#catsallovertheworld #wildlifeimages #NaturePhotography #wildlifephotography #herekittykitty

Eat Dessert First


Eat Dessert First

Happy birthday to Karen Hutton! May you find yourself around many kindred spirits ... and treats, of course .... always treats! ... :o)) ... xo!