trials of the ugga bugga man

or, one person’s ceiling is another one’s floor, or, the worlds we carry do get heavy sometimes. Maybe, I’m glad the snake is friendly?

I am finding that as much as I love this blogging experience, and the people I am starting to recognize and enjoy online, it is taking a little too much of my attention right now. (Moderation being an ancient challenge.) I would like to have my tea and drink it, too. I found the collaborations with Jo and Oz interesting and rewarding and great fun. I wonder how to structure an open invitation to others to write stories or poems to accompany the images I spin out here. Maybe a weekly image? I am wondering if there would be any interest – and what would make sense and what would be fun for others. Your thoughts invited here and your suggestions welcomed. I am blown away by the way the images have been received and would like to make them available to poets and storytellers who might be interested in doing something with them.

X (a.k.a. trials of the ugga bugga man)

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15 Responses to trials of the ugga bugga man

  1. johemmant says:

    Well you know I’m interested, definitely, I found it fascinating. And this one here, again, beautiful, the face, the eyes on the creature are so haunting.

    I think that you are prepared to offer them up is wonderful, very generous, so count me in.


  2. Paul says:

    Well, your painting is perfect for the task. It is allusory but open not didactic, and intriguing in its details, there are unique original touches that I think a good story teller or poet could pick up on, I think it’s a great idea, I wish I had the selfdiscipline to attempt it but if I keep I looking at your work, it is so good, i am sure it will sneak into the backbrain,


  3. Paul says:

    Yeah I looked at it again and you could swear it is an illustration of an ancient mythic tale, the hammer, is it a child blowing into a musical instrument, its a beautifully executed work of art too, the composition and the texture, and the subtlety of expression in the faces as well, hmm,


  4. rick mobbs says:

    Please, feel free, take it away, do as you wish… I love collaborations and I’m more in visual than verbal mode now so it makes great sense to me to work with writers. I would love to provide the images and see what they spark.

    I see references to poetry prompts. Have you used them and found a system or schedule that works well? I could use suggestions on structuring this. I have a backlog of original images and I’m generally producing more so I have quite a supply…

    and thank you for your kind thoughts….


  5. rick mobbs says:

    I think I just saw the kid with the instrument…


  6. damyantig says:

    I did a post which is something like what you talk about here, only inspired by a picture from another painter. I wish I’d read this post through before doing mine, so I would have used an image from you.

    You are who the post is for, anyways, so go on over and take a look.


  7. rick mobbs says:

    Hi damyantig, maybe next time!
    You are welcome to play with this or any other image here. I would be honored.
    I went over to your site but couldn’t locate the piece you referenced here. Tell me where to look…


  8. damyantig says:

    Rick, the post is the latest one on Daily write, to which my signature here is linked, and it has your name in its title:). Check if you find it now.


  9. damyantig says:

    Um, sorry, my signature here is linked to the Amloki one. GO to the Daily (w)rite you have on your blogroll.


  10. rick mobbs says:

    headed over there now…


  11. ozymandiaz says:

    I’ve never been one to go for the daily prompts kinda thing but they are generaly word oriented. I have written works associated with painings before. I think its a marvelous idea, espeacially with your paintings. I could say it no better than Paul did.


  12. Childlife says:

    I am just in awe of the texture you bring to your paintings, Rick. When I first saw this one, I thought it was a sculpture. It has the look of an ancient bone carving – very nicely done!

    I know I’m awfully new at your place to be offering an opinion, but I love your idea of a weekly collaboration… I might never have known of your lovely work if you hadn’t teamed up with Jo.

    And I know what you mean about finding that blogging balance – that’s a tough one. Let me know if you come up with something brilliant on that one. 😉


  13. rick mobbs says:

    Childlife, you are too kind but thank you, you are welcome here. And no one is too new here to offer their thoughts…

    I loved the collaborations with Jo and Oz and look forward to others joining in. I’ll post something about that in a minute.


  14. rick mobbs says:

    oz and jo and paul and all, I would love to try this. These are narrative paintings, but I don’t always take the time to locate the stories and anyway, my interpretations can shift and change according to the day and context, so other’s takes on the images are usually as valid and sometimes a lot more interesting than my own.

    We could try something like the format of ‘Totally Optional Prompts’, or do something more informal and just wing it. I’ll post something here later today or tomorrow and anyone who wishes to write can post on their blog and send me a link. Please feel free to copy and paste the images into your post. If that doesn’t work or you would like a higher resolution copy please just ask or email me at


  15. johemmant says:

    Hey, hello Michelle 🙂 Okay, you’re on, Rick, I’ll come by to see.


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