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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Holiday Leftovers ... for a bokehlicious Friday.


Holiday Leftovers ... for a bokehlicious Friday.

But that's OK, I hear the stuff never goes bad.
(Not sure I can say that about this cast of characters ... ;o7 ... the bokeholics. But even when they're bad, they're good ... :oD)
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 Wendy Baker Dawn Siadatan wolly wolly Berit Schurse Tom Tran Eve Aebi Isabelle Fortin Liz C Cooksterz Littlefield

#FridaysAreBokehlicious  :o) … ˚ºoOoº˚ #bokehlicious #bokeholics
#rgwoodpost #photography #googleplusphotos #Friday #TGIF #naturephotography #FloralFriday #FlowerFriday #flowerphotography #floralphotography #hqspflowers #btpflowerpro BTP Flower Pro

Believing is Seeing


Believing is Seeing

"The most real things in the world are those that neither children nor men can see." ... http://www.nysun.com/editorials/yes-virginia/68502/

Believe in yourself; believe in those around you. The most strong and tenacious people in the world know that trust comes first, not after.
Merry Christmas, everyone!

The Fellowship of the Kringull


The Fellowship of the Kringull
Happy Holidays to all my #SeagullButtSaturday  fellows!
May you be surrounded by like minds, that make you smile, during the season and all the new year!

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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


#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 BTP Bird Pro #birdsgallery #Christmas

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

Santa Claws


Santa Claws
... wishing all the bokeholics, and everyone who celebrates, a most merry little Christmas!

#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 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 Wendy Baker Dawn Siadatan wolly wolly Berit Schurse Tom Tran Eve Aebi Isabelle Fortin Liz C Cooksterz Littlefield

#rgwoodpost #photography #googleplusphotos #Christmas #Friday #TGIF #nature #wildlife #naturephotography #naturephotographers #natureandwildlifephotos #animalphotography #wildlifephotography #hqspanimals #BTPAnimalPRO BTP Animal Pro

When Birds Dream


When Birds Dream

I hope you're all getting through the midweek hump without a bump ... and hasten to your holidays without a hitch.

Water Bird Wednesday with thanks to Margaret Tompkins  #waterbirdwednesday

#rgwoodpost #photography #googleplusphotos #naturephotography #naturephotographers #natureandwildlifephotos #animalphotography #wildlifephotography #hqspanimals #BTPAnimalPRO BTP Animal Pro

Up Above the World So High


Up Above the World So High
No diamonds, though, darn it ... ;o)

[Long Beach, CA, shot from a zeppelin]

#LandscapePhotography with thanks to Margaret Tompkins Eric Drumm Chandler L. Walker Krzysztof Felczak AJ Lim and Landscape Photography

#rgwoodpost #photography #googleplusphotos #hqsplandscape #BTPLandscapePro BTP Landscape Pro #California #SunsetPhotography #Sunset #Travel #TravelPhotography #waterscape   #cityscape

"O" Christmas Tree 🎄


"O" Christmas Tree 🎄
Shot in Manual with my old Minolta 50mm that my Dad gave to me (back around A.D. 1 .... ;o7). I love the bokeh this lens gives!
#ItsAllAboutTheBokeh  ... and this week (and probably next ... ;o7), it's all about Christmassy bokeh! (according to Leo Deegan ... :o)))


#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 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 Wendy Baker Dawn Siadatan wolly wolly Berit Schurse Tom Tran Eve Aebi Isabelle Fortin Liz C Cooksterz Littlefield

#rgwoodpost #photography #googleplusphotos

Family is what you make it.


Family is what you make it.

“Being genetically related doesn't make you family. Love, support, trust, honesty, protection, acceptance, security, gratitude, respect and loyalty is what makes you family.” Don't forget that, if you are in relationships that are not good for you, they are also not good for the people you're in the relationships with. It's OK to choose ... :o)

#rgwoodpost #photography #googleplusphotos #naturephotography #naturephotographers #natureandwildlifephotos #animalphotography #wildlifephotography #hqspanimals #BTPAnimalPRO Animal Pro 
#birdloversandwildlife #wildlifewednesday  #creative
#digitalart #fantasyart #surrealart #inspiration

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I'm not fooled!


I'm not fooled!
... even though the costumes are getting more elaborate .... ;o7
#SeagullButtInDisguise ... or African ShoeButt ... I mean Shoebill! https://goo.gl/KtJ6Bg

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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 BTP Bird Pro  #birdsgallery #hqsplandscape
My G+ albums: https://sites.google.com/site/rgwphotoalbums/

Social Networking


Social Networking

Let us enjoy our differences ... :o)

Hanging out in real life with Jenny Loren and Sassi Sassmannshausen.

#rgwoodpost #photography #googleplusphotos #BTPAnimalPRO BTP Animal Pro #HQSPAnimals #caturday   #caturdayeveryday   #tiger   #sumatrantiger   #catsbigandsmallthebest
#catsallovertheworld #wildlifeimages #NaturePhotography #wildlifephotography #herekittykitty

Buy a gift for someone you love, and help shelter animals, too!

Buy a gift for someone you love, and help shelter animals, too!
For every gift you buy, SmugMug will donate a portion of your purchase to Shelter Me Photography (http://www.sheltermephotos.org/) giving shelter pets a better chance at adoption. Through DECEMBER 4th, that's TODAY, 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 a chance to get some beautiful art from me and the other featured photographers. See all of the galleries here: https://smugmug.com/promo/small-business-saturday.

Here are the featured photographers (there's some great stuff here, folks!!!):

Karen Hutton — http://www.karenhuttonphotography.com
Michael Shainblum Photography - http://prints.shainblumphoto.com/PRINTS
Scott Jarvie— http://www.jarviedigital.com
Zach Grether — http://www.zgrethphoto.com
Jack Fusco Photography — http://www.jackfusco.com
Dustin Wong — http://www.dustinwongphotos.com
Andy Mann — http://print.andymann.com
Keith Ladzinski — http://ladzinski.smugmug.com
Omar Robles — http://omarrobles.smugmug.com
Richard Seeley — http://richardseeleyphotography.smugmug.com
Cameron Brooks — http://www.cameronbrooksphotography.com

Thank you, SmugMug!!
http://www.robingriggswood.com/SmugMug/Sbs/i-jzZdgkf/A

https://www.robingriggswood.com/SmugMug/Sbs


Winter


Winter

.... brrrrrr! With background music ... ;o): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qPvrMpwEvgQ

I often wonder how such tiny bodies keep from freezing when it is very cold.




#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 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 Wendy Baker Dawn Siadatan wolly wolly Berit Schurse Tom Tran Eve Aebi Isabelle Fortin Liz C Cooksterz Littlefield

#rgwoodpost #photography #googleplusphotos #Friday #TGIF #naturephotography