2018 Holiday Greeting Card

For all the different “Friends/Followers” both here in America and around the world it is difficult to quite know which holiday season, if any, that you adhere to.

For my part and tradition, I would like to say Merry Christmas, have a wonderful Holiday season, and a very Happy New Year.

‘Teddy Bear’

Oil on Canvas

Image Copyright Craig L Haupt

I will continue with ‘The Journey to Ukazoo’ Book Project Monday January 7th, 2019




Creating ‘The Journey to Ukazoo’ Book #3

‘The Journey to Ukazoo’ Book Project #3

As ‘The Journey to Ukazoo’ project began to unfold, I chose a starting point of June 3, 2013 and with selecting Monday as a once a week posting day, it was 37 weeks till the Solo Exhibition. I laid out a U.S. map and started deciding on 37 stops that took me across the U.S. and back to Ukazoo Bookstore. First choices were cities/towns with unusual names as well as a few places I was familiar with. As I looked at routes and names of cities/towns I came across a few whose names fit art images I planned to use for this project. For the image posted above I happened to find a place in Washington State that seemed an appropriate match-‘Cape Disappointment’. In ’The Journey to Ukazoo’ this place, image, and story is #19.


As for the present Art Exhibit Book project and the ‘Frontmatter’ potion of the book. Facing the ‘Preface’ page will be a U.S. and lower Canada map (there is one stop in Canada) with a list of all the city/town stops and respective States. Online I found a blank U.S. map with only State abbreviations and opening a copy/pasted copy in ‘Paint’, entered in all the cities/towns. Next step was printing it out and draw in the travel route.

It is now being digitally scanned so I can transfer it to the PDF file ‘Map’ page in the book.

There is also additional scanning being done this week for rough drafts of border art and combining other art images for future ‘Journey’ posts.


Image: ‘Day at the Beach’

Watercolor, pen & ink, 5” x 7”

Text and Image: Copyright Craig L Haupt

Ukazoo: Trademark Ukazoo Books with permission.


Creating ‘The Journey to Ukazoo’ Book

Welcome to ‘The Journey to Ukazoo’ Book project.

Over the next 12 Mondays (excluding the Holiday season) I will post a diary of the trails, & tribulations of my efforts to publish a Book, culminating with a 30 day Kickstarter Funding Campaign in March 2019.  These Monday postings will also be formatted to highlight the different sections of the books content/layout.

I am asking for help, if you are interested, in Sharing these posts to expand this projects social media presence and with that enhance my chances of achieving the funding goals for publishing the book.

If you are able to Share these Monday posts on a continuous basis I will include your name in the Social Media Acknowledgement section of ’The Journey to Ukazoo’ Book.

A note: the crowdfunding part gives everyone a chance to acquire different items of my artwork as well as the book for your donations. It’s not monetary donations for nothing in return.

Image: ‘The Journey’ This image will be used on the Front cover of the Book.

Watercolor, Pen & Ink

Copyright Craig L Haupt

Ukazoo: Tradmark Ukazoo Books used with permission.


12 + 12, 12 x 12’s-‘Contemplating Flight’, The Finished Painting #19

Project: 12 + 12, 12 x 12’s  #19

Title-’Contemplating Flight’

Third sequenced post, ‘The Finished Painting’.


As mentioned in the ‘Worksheet’ text last Monday, there was a fair amount of work to creating the layout. The painting posed similar issues, particularly the expanding shapes to the right side. The first attempt was not pleasing and was repainted, the posted worksheet reflected that second design attempt. Still not satisfied, several sections (closer to the upper and lower box) were repainted twice more till I found a configuration/placement I could live with. This painting also became a transitional piece in this project that effected the next four 12 + 12 paintings. More on that next Monday.


Next Monday, the start of the next Painting in the ‘12 + 12 Project’.

Image copyright Craig L Haupt


12 + 12, 12 x 12’s-‘Contemplating Flight’, The Worksheet #19

Project: 12 + 12, 12 x 12’s  #19

Title-’Contemplating Flight’

Second sequenced post, ‘The Worksheet’.


Besides the first attempt to work a complete painting with just the Birds on the leaves, I made several succeeding attempts combining the two selected ’Doodles’ from Deborah. I opted for developing this ’Worksheet’ layout. A very different layout configuration than I have done before, but I had to take in consideration that this was part of the creative equation of this project anyhow.  We’ll see how this works as a painting.

For those new viewers to this 12 + 12, 12 x 12’s project, a short synopsis. 24 paintings total, all 12” x 12”s. Twelve of the 24 paintings are developed from ’Doodles’ selected by yours truly from my sketchbooks. The +12 portion of the project, is that I handed out my sketchbooks to 12 friends/artists I choose and they in turn selected a few ’Doodles’ that I had to develop a finished painting from.

Next Monday the ‘Finished painting’

Image copyright Craig L Haupt


“The House That Jack Built”-Week 22

Curved Arms

“The House That Jack Built”

Week 22-Intermission


The new computer has had a few issues and they chose to occur on last weeks day of Posting. While not an unsurmountable problem, I was cut off from the internet last Monday and Tuesday till it was finally resolved.


As I work with detail in the third corner area of the painting “The House That Jack Built” I am posting a past Art image as an “Intermission”.


For this intermission, the above Color Pencil/Watercolor drawing is entitled “Curved Arms”. Still unframed and resting in the portfolio, this very simple line drawing was completed in July, 2006.


The continuing posting schedule for the project is, as laid out:

Today, Monday, November 24; “Intermission”.

Monday, December 1 and following Monday’s; Post continuing progress images of “The House That Jack Built” painting.


Art notes:

All images and text are copyright Craig L Haupt

Postings of “The House That Jack Built” are every Monday Evening.

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