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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Put a Smile on Your Face

Put a Smile on Your Face

... even if you've got to push it into place ... ;o7

🎶 For those who would like some background music while they are working on their smile .... ;o)) ...https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nyy7lG6Me2s 🎶

#ElephantWednesday + 114924124227907582362 with thanks to Matthias Haeussler, Diego Cattaneo and Louisa Catharine Forsyth
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Don't be a turkey ... be thankful!

Don't be a turkey ... be thankful!

Happy Thanksgiving to those who celebrate!
I'm thankful for YOU!

#rgwoodpost #photography #googleplusphotos #Thanksgiving   #Thanksgiving2016

A Small Business Saturday Like No Other!

A Small Business Saturday Like No Other!
I’m excited to join SmugMug in helping support Shelter Me Photography (http://www.sheltermephotos.org/). For every print you buy, SmugMug will donate a portion of your purchase to Shelter Me Photography giving shelter pets a better chance at adoption. Along with 11 other awe-inspiring photographers, we’re each offering a special print gallery of images at amazing prices just in time for the holidays. For a limited time you can buy a beautiful new print, piece of wall art, or even phone case. They're great for gifts and can be shipped anywhere in the world.

Don’t miss this opportunity to obtain beautiful art from me and the other featured photographers. Find out more and see the other artists’ galleries here: https://smugmug.com/promo/small-business-saturday

Karen Hutton  — http://www.karenhuttonphotography.com
Michael Shainblum  — http://prints.shainblumphoto.com/PRINTS
Scott Jarvie — http://www.jarviedigital.com
Zach Grether — http://www.zgrethphoto.com
Jack Fusco — http://www.jackfusco.com
Dustin Wong — http://www.dustinwongphotos.com
Andy Mannhttp://print.andymann.com
Keith Ladzinskihttp://ladzinski.smugmug.com
Omar Robleshttp://omarrobles.smugmug.com
Richard Seeleyhttp://richardseeleyphotography.smugmug.com
Cameron Brookshttp://www.cameronbrooksphotography.com
… and me! … :o)) — http://www.robingriggswood.com

Thank you, SmugMug!!

... I'm kinda jonesin' on this crop for my phone right now: https://www.dropbox.com/s/t4r9pg9eiputzbr/Screen%20Shot%202016-11-22%20at%209.03.19%20AM.png?dl=0

... ;oD

A #Caturday Moment

A #Caturday  Moment

Baby cheetah, hoping you're having a lovely weekend ... :o))

*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 #threatenedthursday

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


I'm rather grateful that my lips aren't long enough to scratch my butt with. What are you grateful for? ... ;o7


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
Water Bird Wednesday  #waterbirdwednesday  with thanks to Margaret Tompkins

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 #hqspbirds #btpbirdpro #birdsgallery
My G+ albums: https://sites.google.com/site/rgwphotoalbums/