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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Common Starling; European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)

Common Starling; European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)

While from a distance they look completely black in their summer plumage, get up close and you'll find this gorgeous purplish-green iridescence. The Starlings that inhabit my home in North America are not native to this part of the world, but were introduced, get this, by Shakespeare enthusiasts in the nineteenth century. It's kind of a wacky story really. After two failed attempts, about 60 European starlings were released into New York’s Central Park in 1890 by a small group of people with a passion to introduce all of the animals mentioned in the works of William Shakespeare. Really? ... ;oD ...Did Shakespeare ever mention tigers, bears or wolves?! looks furtively left, right and behind

Often thought of as pests, because they are loud, aggressive and have no problem overwhelming urban areas (there's about 150 million of them in North America), they eat bugs and help us when those get out of hand.

The Starling is a passerine (perching) bird, but are ground and field feeders as well. Their eggs are a lovely shade of, well, "Robin's Egg blue", though I can't find conclusive data as to why that is. Some say it's for blending in with the environment to protect the eggs when the parents are away, but I've yet to see any natural blue environment except the sky ... ;o7. Starlings don't stay this color all year long; in winter their feathers sport a well-decorated speckle: https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/7/7d/Toulouse_-_Sturnus_vulgaris_-_2012-02-26_-_3.jpg


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