‘The Journey to Ukazoo’ Book project on Kickstarter

Continuing to post updates and general information regarding the current ‘The Journey to Ukazoo’ Kickstarter book project.
The Kickstarter project runs to April 3 with a variety of ’rewards’ offered for your help in increasing the amount of books I can order from the publisher as well as opportunities to have your name in the book.
The artwork accompanying this post is the third of three 5 x 7 inch Giclee art prints offered at one reward level.
This artwork is also included in ‘The Journey to Ukazoo’ Book.
My hope is that if unable to support this ArtStory book, at the very least, you are able to take a few minutes to visit this unique ArtStory project and Share it.
Kickstarter Link: Craig L Haupt
My thanks to supporters of this book: Jim, Sherry, Carol, and Cynthia.

‘Day at the Beach’ (in Story 19 of 37)
Copyright: Craig L Haupt
Ukazoo: A Trademark of Ukazoo Bookstore and used with permission.

 

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Creating ‘The Journey to Ukazoo’ Book project

  

‘At the Beach’

‘The Journey to Ukazoo’ book project:

A preview of the second of 37 stories included in the soon to be published Book. Kickstarter Launch in March!

Slide Two – ‘At the Beach’ –  June 10, 2013

             As I drove, I now had to develop a mindset that this was the first of many daylong drives encompassing 9 months on my way to Ukazoo. At the end of the day I had been on the road almost 9 hours, seven and a half hours of drive time plus stops. I made it to the Swan Quarter Ferry within 45 minutes of the last Ferry to Ocracoke Island, which departed at 4:30 pm. The Ferry ride took a little over three hours and even with not having to do any driving with the boat ride, I was still very worn out by days end.

With this first leg of the journey, I had mapped out the first three stops and called ahead for reservations based on my intended day of arrival and on my length of stays. After that I would need to pour over maps and brochures I had collected for this trip and rely on tapping into ‘Google’ on my phone for any assistance in finding additional places to stay in future planned and unplanned stops.

I also wanted to, at the very least, have my first stay-overs be at a Bed & Breakfast if possible. I make no secret, I love the experience of a Bed & Breakfast. Awakening to the smells of fresh juices, fruits, and cooked foods bathed with the personalities of the hosts, coupled with the menagerie of guests from different parts of the country and around the globe, meeting, exchanging stories of places of origin, their current trip experiences, and anecdotes from life’s memories is one of my highlights of these, sometimes sparse, opportunities to travel.

This first inn in my Journey to Ukazoo, fulfilled those expectations.

Given the forecast of several days of warm sunny weather and besides the usual around the town sightseeing, relaxing for a while on the beach and maybe going for a swim seemed a wonderful option. Not forgetting to pack the bathing suit, compact beach chair, sunscreen, and bath towel, I made my way to water’s edge. I choose to visit a beach to the ocean side of the island rather than the bay side, with calm to no winds, the ocean waters proved tranquil to bathe and relax by after the long drive.

Over the course of the next few days I had made daily visits to the beach, some days more crowded with bathers than others. Today was a day of light populace. Camped not far and within earshot was a sizable gathering of family members, some I had met earlier in the week, spread out on a connected grouping of four large blankets. There were the usual suspects, beach chairs occupied with readers of books, ear buds for those lost-in-music aficionados, bodies stretched out to welcome the sun’s rays and of course the water devotees.

Given the interesting makeup of this extended family and proximity, I became the casual observer.

Of all the observations, the more interesting story-line developed at water’s edge.

This shot was taken of a little fellow named Sherman, getting ready to test the slowly churning break of waves ending just short of his toe. Even though his older brothers and sisters as well as several other nearby kids, who were already in the water, were urging Sherman to join them, he was reluctant to go in. Being more content with playing in the sand, an occasional sand castle here and there, Sherman appeared to be not overly fond of cold water and sporting an over active imagination, even more afraid of any alligators that might be lurking in the shallow depths of the ocean.

His parents, on several occasions, at other beaches as well as today, pointed out, with words and books, that alligators do not live in the ocean and besides, they assured him, they haven’t seen any since they arrived.

The fact that his family had only been there for only 3 days now and recalling a story they told about finding him in a Cabbage patch as a baby, and Easter bunnies made and delivered candy, didn’t offer Sherman any great reassurance on the absence of alligators. So, after testing the water, he turned and slowly went back to building his sandcastle. Too cold seemed to be a good enough reason and repeatedly denied to his brothers and sisters spiteful accusations, that alligators had anything to do with his reluctance to join them.

Yes, there was a silent chuckle on my part, but to this day, as I packed up to head back to the Inn, I swear I thought I heard a few long-tailed swishes in the water behind me.

 

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.

 

Art Exhibit-“Mating Calls”

Mating Calls

“Mating Calls” by Craig L Haupt

Oil on Board

 

This evenings post is a painting that will be displayed in the upcoming HIVE artspace “Red and or Hearts”  Group Art Exhibit.

 

HIVE artspace

126 E. King Street

York, PA 17401

Exhibit dates: February 5 to February 26, 2016

Opening reception is February 5th, 6 to 9 p.m

 

Art notes:

All images are copyright Craig L Haupt

Monday Postings are made to:

FaceBook: Craig L Haupt

WordPress Blog: http://www.craiglhaupt.com

 

“The Ukazoo Art Exhibit”-Six of Nine

Mating Calls

“The Ukazoo Art Exhibit”

Sixth of the Nine Oil Paintings displayed

 

“Mating Calls”

November, 2013

22” x 22” Oil on Board

 

 

During July to November, with the Ukazoo stories to be completed every week, three watercolors to work on, the long process of cutting of double mats and fitting them into 5” x 5” frames for 23 drawings called “Thumbnail Sketches” (to also be displayed at the Ukazoo Exhibit), the progress of four started oil paintings (one still unfinished) moved at a snail’s pace. It wasn’t till late November that, finally, one of those oil paintings, “Mating Calls” was completed.

 

 

Another reminder of the upcoming new project to be posted Monday June 16th. Added to the flashing lights, musical fanfare, confetti, fireworks, jugglers with flaming batons, clowns on unicycles, and acrobatic alligators is a graceful flying metallic gray Zeppelin sporting scrolling brightly lit text declaring:

 

“COMING, NEW PROJECT, KEEP TUNED FOR THIS EXCITING EVENT”

 

As always, knowing my difficulty of making such a loud announcement, I say softy, please keep following my journey, more neat art stuff is on the way.

 

Art notes:

All images and text are copyright Craig L Haupt

Postings of “Ukazoo Journey” are every Monday Evening.

FaceBook: Craig L Haupt  –  “Journey to Ukazoo Album” or

Blog: http://www.craiglhaupt.com  –  “Journey to Ukazoo”

See “Slide One” for a brief synopsis.