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S.F., here we come! (erm ... in 16 days ... ;o))
The Count-Down starts: 16 days to go!

The Epic Finale of +Trey Ratcliff's US Photowalk Tour is coming up very soon: San Francisco - September 19!

This event may well become one of the largest ever photowalks in the world, and we want you to be part of it! As if meeting Trey and many hundreds of fellow photo enthusiasts wouldn't be enough, this will also be the perfect chance to meet many Arcanum Masters in person! 

Over the next few days, we'll reveal who is attending, starting with the incredible +Robin Griggs Wood and one of her amazing creations. Those who know Robin are convinced that she must secretly have (at least) two hearts, one for the art of creation, and the other entirely reserved for her passionate teaching and mentoring!

Meet Robin and many more Arcanum Masters on September 19 in San Francisco. All the details to this #treyusa  event can be found here:

In the meantime, find out more about The Arcanum:
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Wish I could join you all, but I've just started rehearsals for "The Beauty Queen of Leenane," so no travel for me till mid-November. (Heck, I wish Trey had added Portland to his tour - that I might have been able to swing!)
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Can Gurus think
like Kangaroos,
or would we think
it just a ruse?

The Gu, he shrieked,
“I must recuse!
Your harsh decree
does not enthuse!”

The Roo, he winked,
as one amused.
“You, Gu,” said he,
“try to confuse.”

“Pray, please rethink
what you accuse,
for all agree,
I have no clues!”

#WordfulOnWednesday ... ;o7

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No such thing as the word "Can't" 
If you need a boost today, you've got to watch this! +Stuart Dyckhoff shared this in our Arcanum group ... it's SO inspiring!! Even if the first part of it is mind-blowingly amazing enough, it gets even more mind-blowing further in. 
Today is a "Can!" day for me for sure! ... thanks, Stuart!
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no such thing as cant we have beread cant
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So, if you caught my post this morning, I said I had a little announcement coming up soon ... well, this is part of it. A little view into my crazy mind ... ... ;o). Here's the rest: there's also a contest! (with prizes!)

Head on over to View Bug and enter your work into the Fantasy World Photo Contest ... it's free and you could win! ... 'cuz yours truly is going to judge that contest!

Watch the video below, because, not only will you get a view into my crazy mind, I give tips as to what I look for in judging composites ... you'll have the edge over everyone ... ;o))

Hugest of thanks to +Laurie Rubin and +ViewBug - Photo Contests!!

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Life is good when you get to discover new friends and talent!

I absolutely adore +Robin Griggs Wood and her work. She is a fellow Master at +The Arcanum and we just met up again in person at Trey Ratcliff's Photowalk in Los Angeles this weekend.

Here is a recent interview that I did with Robin for +ViewBug - Photo Contests for her upcoming Creative Composite Contest.

Spend a few minutes diving into her magical digital world, that is a bit of mystery, beauty and a touch of humor!
Do you want to learn what it takes to create a great composite? Follow along as Robin takes you into a fun and fascinating journey into the creation of some of her own images and some tips that she shares along the way! Robin Griggs Wood possesses an exquisite sense of color, balance, form, composition and light. Along with expressing these sensibilities through her photography, she has worked in natural …
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+Karen Hutton, what a trooper you are! +Sassi Sassmannshausen and I brought a PixelStick to the #TreyUSA  photowalk and during the after-party I asked Karen and +Laurie Rubin if they would be willing to be my models for an experiment: I made wings for them both, for long exposures with the lightstick. I scuttled them outside the hotel and I told Karen, "Ok, these are your wings, especially made for you; be who you would be if you weren't confined by this universe." It didn't take her more than a heartbeat to be her full self ... Karen, the "life is light" lady ... her true self is pure light!

I did say "experiment" above, as this turned out a little blurry because, to get the wings, I made her hold that pose for 13 seconds! So, it's more of an illustration right now ... ;oD. I'll get better at this! 

"Why", you may ask "not just take a shot of Karen quickly and then composite wings behind her?!" ... because ... being around 13 seconds of Karen in all her unbearable-lightenss-of-being awesomeness ... heheh, who could resist? ... ;o)

Thank you for being so wonderful, Karen!
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Experimenting is always good,+Dylan Johnson >
I did my first light painting for my stage light show at the age of 13. I wrapped a incandescence bulb in aluminum and left only a little hole, then placed a camera on the floor, pushed the bulb (hanging from the ceiling) and  pressed the "Bulb" button on the camera.
With positive slide film I good the most incredible "drawings" and used it in my stage  light show, with over hundred gigs. Playing is always great.
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The Spirit Under the Pier

Not really ... just a bit of lightpainting with friends last night at the Santa Monica Pier and the #TreyUSA photowalk pack! Huge thanks to +Trey Ratcliff, +Curtis Simmons, +Ollie Dale and several other of the awesome support staff whose names elude me right now (but they are no less awesome ... ;o)) for creating such a wonderful event for everyone. A shout out of thanks too, to +Sassi Sassmannshausen for his inexhaustible supply of energy and lightpainting finesse ... the man who danced with the PixelStick for us to capture.

#TreyUSA #TreyUSAfire #lightpainting  #rgwoodpost #photography #googleplusphotos
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It's cool, right!
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#ThirstyThursdayPics with thanks to +Giuseppe Basile & +Mark Esguerra #thirstythursday 
#CoastalThursday with thanks to
+David Polzine +Jon Kahn +Coastal Thursday
#LandscapePhotography with thanks to +Margaret Tompkins +Jim Warthman +Toshi Nakamura and +Landscape Photography

#rgwoodpost #photography #googleplusphotos#hqsplandscape #BTPLandscapePro #California#MalibuBeach #SunsetPhotography #Sunset #Travel#TravelPhotography #Sky #digitalart


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Why are Google+ Pages getting added to Hangouts?
A total glitch ... some sort of G+ bug is adding the Mentorship page to all my chats!! I have a ton of hangouts that are ongoing and the G+ Mentorship Program for Photographers page (not connected to any of these hangouts) got added mysteriously today to ALL of them. Eek! What's weird is, while one can view all the hangouts one is in from their own profile, and then click "Leave", there is no option to do this from one's G+ business page. That's pretty messed up, Google.

Anyone have any brilliant ideas? ... ;o)
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Groups for the most part, +Kamal Tailor, though also ones that I had with single individuals (whom I had a hangout-on-air with). But you are right, it did not effect the ones I had with individuals whom I had only chat messaging (non-video) with.
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If you like Landscape Photography, the +Landscape Photography team are very picky about what they share, so you will enjoy this Collection of theirs!
+Margaret Tompkins +Eric Drumm +Tony Phillips +Doug Hagadorn and +Dave Gaylord
Landscape Photography Best of the Week!!!

Congratulations to all those great photographers whose photographs have been selected this week by the curators of  #LandscapePhotography +Landscape Photography !!

Do you want to be a part of this collection?  Share one of your best landscape photographs to the +Landscape Photography theme.  Add the names of some of the curators and get one of them to share your photo to the theme page!!  Each week we will share some of the profiles of those whose photos have been selected to be shared to the theme page!!  They’re picky so share only you’re very best!!  Good luck!!  Be sure to share and follow these great folks.  They’re the Best of the Week!

We have some wonderful new photographers this week!!  Congratulations on having your photographs selected for the +Landscape Photography page.  If you are receiving a notification, then at least one of your photographs was selected this week and featured on the +Landscape Photography page.  Please share the collection with your friends and circles!

+Margaret Tompkins 
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+Robin Griggs Wood Thanks so much for the share!
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Another Angel Gets Her Wings
OK, not those wings! ... +Laurie Rubin appropriate wings ... ;o). If you caught my post yesterday, ( where I explained about dragging +Karen Hutton and Laurie, along with lightdancer extraordinaire +Sassi Sassmannshausen out into the cold (well, it's Summer, so not that cold), dark (well, we were in the parking lot of the hotel, so not that dark) night and forced them to stand for hours (well, it was seconds really, but I'm sure they thought it was hours) while I stumbled through my set-up with the long-exposure and the PixelStick ( I'd made wings for them both ... butterfly seemed to suit Laurie, nature-photog phenomenon that she is. 

I admit (sheepish grin), I embellished it a "skosh" ... ;o) ... because Laurie is a magic woman and I had to make sure that her true self was on the represent here, ya know?!

Thank you so much for your patience, Laurie!
I just adore this woman ... and, I've been hanging out a lot with her of late ... 
A little announcement coming up soon (with prizes!) ... <giggle>

#TreyUSA #LAphotowalk
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"Ollie Rises to the Challenge"
... or "Ollie Rises Above the Crowd" ... I couldn't decide which title was better ... ;o). But what I do know for certain is that +Ollie Dale has been going above and beyond in making all these awesome highlight reels for the photowalks. You rock, Ollie!! (um, but I gotta ask ... do your arms go numb? ... ;o))

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digital fine art & portraiture
Photographer, Artist in Traditional Media, Digital Matte Painter, Illustrator, Photoshop, Mentor, Educator
  • Arcanum: Academy of Artistic Mastery
    Master, 2014 - present
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  • Photography mentor and a director of the "G+ Mentorship Program for Photographers" right here on G+! ═══ Check out the page, if you want to be mentored or want to mentor others! . . . GO TO ––>
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In the past, I’ve never been much compelled to be very public. However, with the numbers in one private online community I belong to reducing like bills in a shore-leave-sailor’s pocket, a social network is possibly coming to a close for me -- so I am finding the need for an outlet of another kind. Or, maybe I’ve had a minor stroke and don’t know it.

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. 


Click here to read "The Care and Feeding of Your Muse" –– a two-part article by Robin Griggs Wood for empowering artists and helping them to overcome creative blocks.


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Kerry Murphy ; Ardith Goodwin ; Mike Shaw ... I thank you folks from the bottom of my heart.


I'm involved in the Public Circles Project

G+ users I recommend: Pawel Tomaszewicz -- sharp work with a dash of sharp witPatricia Davidson -- beautiful, serene imagesSandra Parlow -- pure delightVictor Bezrukov -- consistent eye-candy posted to your stream. Jay Patel -- stunning images. Carsten Bradley -- puts the fun back into artJennifer L. Meyer -- get your "unbelievably cute drawings" fix here. Jarek Klimek -- Public Circles Project, PhotoExtract Photography Magazine & great posts.


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I've worked for many years, not only as an artist, but mentoring and educating others to help them find their art.
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