Creating ‘The Journey to Ukazoo’ Book project

‘The Journey to Ukazoo’ Book project: Kickstarter Link: Craig L Haupt

Now for the next phase of this journey. The Kickstarter Campaign to help fund the publishing of ‘The Journey to Ukazoo’ Book has been launched. The campaign lasts 30 days, March 4 to April 2. During that time I must reach a set monetary goal or I receive nothing. All monies donated are kept in escrow to either be released if  funding the goal for publishing of the book is met or will be returned to the donors.

Over the next 30 days I will continue to post samples of stories included in the book, provide updates on the Ukazoo book campaign progress, special deals on prints, and, at the very least, ask for your help in spreading the word of this Kickstarter project.

At the very least visit the site and watch the video introduction.

If anyone pledges, your name is not visible, I just get a tracking number so I’m not able to thank anyone personally till this is over.

The Link to Kickstarter is: Craig L Haupt

 

‘The Journey’ Watercolor, Pen & Ink

Text and Image: Copyright Craig L Haupt

Ukazoo: Trademark Ukazoo Books with permission.

 

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Creating ‘The Journey to Ukazoo’ Book project

‘The Journey to Ukazoo’ Book project: Third of the 37 stories/images for preview before the Kickstarter Launch on March 4th.

Slide Three: ‘Birdbath’

After several days of gorgeous “made for beach weather”, I left Ocracoke on a much cooler, gray, overcast day. I drove the van onto another Ferry, headed to Cedar Island, and while just 16 miles away, the ride took an hour to reach its destination. It was my intent, if possible to take as many off roads as I could while still taking into consideration drive time and the ultimate fixed completion date of the Journey to Ukazoo. As much as I wanted to hug the coastline, I started with a coastal drive till I arrived at Wilmington, North Carolina. Then I altered my route to I-95, a main interstate highway, for the rest of the drive to my next stop in Savannah, Georgia.

This stop was chosen to not just for its tourist merits but for friends, originally met in Baltimore, Maryland, that had since relocated to Savannah. I contacted Judy and Bob before I left so I was expected. With an offer to stay at their place, I passed up a Bed & Breakfast opportunity.

For this stop, I spent a few days in pure tourist mode, visiting Savannahs historical district, parks, shops, and in complete awe of the many, some expansive and hundreds of years old, ‘live oak’ trees covered with Spanish moss. The botany aspect is a ‘live oak’ is named “live” because it is an evergreen oak (keeps its leaves) rather than a deciduous (loses its leaves every year) tree as most oaks are.

Then there is the music, lots of music. I was able to listen to some excellent folk music, hosted by the Savannah Folk Music Society, in an acoustical rich church one evening. The next day was a visit to hear the musically renown Savannah’s World-Famous Crabettes. A treat, given that Judy was one of the members and the Crabettes also included the talents of one member who plays a mean slide whistle and trombone kazoo.

During the tail end of my stay, I dropped down into a more relaxed fashion and took to wandering the outlining neighborhoods. One area I drifted into was of an antique flavor, weathered, moss covered brick border walls, pitted cast iron gates, large screened-in porches, workable stutters, gingerbread trim and well-manicured lawns.  Up ahead, the quiet I had grown accustom to during my meandering, started to evolve into a sense of excitement coupled with bursts of chirping sounds.

As I grew closer I came upon the front yard of a stately residence that was host to the LXIV National Bird Olympics. As I made my way pass numerous onlookers and a vast array of birds in attendance, I stopped to take this picture of the Free Style diving event that was in progress. Finding a clear spot on the lawn, I sat to watch a varied collection sizes, species, and colors of birds lining up to take their turn to dive from a tree’s branch into a waterfilled birdbath. After having watched a few dives, I felt that on this one particular dive that I just witnessed, I disagreed with the judges scores. It was my opinion that this wonderfully executed triple flip warranted a much higher score than the 7.5 he was rewarded with. A 9.5 would have been more reasonable, without a doubt!

Expressing my mild displeasure of this score to a couple of nearby feathered bystanders, they and a few more their friends, after introductions, of course, offered a few short but very informative lessons on how a triple flip was to be performed. They preceded to acquaint me with other types of dives I might observe and the different qualities the judges were looking for. My lessons included the finer points about “Beak Angle” “Wing Tilt” “Tail Feather Spread” and the all-important “Branch Bounce Vibration”. At the end of all this informational chirping, I sorely realized I lacked the required Birds Eye view needed to offer a truly educated opinion. It was best to just relax and enjoy.

I stayed a while longer and witnessed some fabulous dives but after watching all the diving activity I became a little famished. With a casual glance, I noticed all they had for sale at the local ‘food’ booths were no less than 22 different varieties of seed and 16 varieties of insects. Nothing against seed and insects, mind you, but I left to find something a little more substantial.

Tonight, I pack up and in the morning, I will say my fond farewells with hopes of visiting again.

Copyright Craig L Haupt

Ukazoo: Tradmark Ukazoo Books with permission.

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Creating ‘The Journey to Ukazoo’ Book project

‘The Journey to Ukazoo’ Book project:

After the solo exhibit in 2014, the subject of putting this project into book form arose. Other projects took precedence but it was always my intent that if I ever opted to put this Ukazoo project in book form I wanted to add additional artwork in the form of a border.

Shown are 2 of 74 border artworks that will grace the bottom of each of the 37 stories and companion artworks. 2.75 x 8 inches each

To the book project, the video & music are done and uploaded to the Kickstarter worksheet. After a few tweaks to the “Rewards” worksheet section I submitted this project to Kickstarter for approval.

It has been approved and I will press the “Launch” Monday March 4th, around the 5:30/6:00 p.m. time frame.

Reward levels for donations to help with the publishing of this book include:

  1. A Thank you card
  2. A 5 x 7 inch art print
  3. A 8 x 10 inch art print
  4. ‘The Journey to Ukazoo’ book
  5. Your name in one of the stories
  6. Your name in one of the border artworks
  7. Original Border artwork

Later in the week, postings prior to the Kickstarter Launch will provide more detail information on “Rewards” and access to Kickstarter via Links.

Thanks to all that have taken the time read and ‘like’ this project.

Image: ‘Slide 2’ text and image border artwork

Text and Image: Copyright Craig L Haupt

Ukazoo: Trademark Ukazoo Books with permission.

 

Creating ‘The Journey to Ukazoo’ Book project

‘The Journey to Ukazoo’ Book project:

Intermingled with the 9 oil paintings displayed at Ukazoo Bookstore in 2014 were 23 smaller works called ’Thumbnail Sketches’ and I definitely mean smaller. The drawings themselves are 2 1/4 x 2 1/4 inches and with mat and frame a robust 5 x 5 inches in size.

In the book they will show four to a page.

To the book project, the video portion is done and has been sent to a friend to compose the background music. Once the music track is laid in, I will then upload it to the Kickstarter worksheets and submit ‘The Journey to Ukazoo’ book project for approval to launch the Crowdfunding campaign.

Checked with new postal rates, reviewed updated quotes for digital scanning/layout costs, and received an updated quote from the publisher to finalize what the monetary goal I will be asking for to publish the book.

 

Image: ‘Thumbnail Sketches’ (two in private collections)

Text and Image: Copyright Craig L Haupt

Ukazoo: Trademark Ukazoo Books with permission.

 

Creating ‘The Journey to Ukazoo’ Book project

‘A Walk in the Park’

‘The Journey to Ukazoo’ Book project:

Besides the five 16 x 20 inch oil paintings displayed at the Ukazoo Art exhibit, there were four paintings in the 22 inch realm. Of two that were 22 x 22 inches, ‘A Walk in the Park’ was one of those paintings.

To the book project, spent the morning where I get my digital scanning done. Two fold. Getting some images adjusted in size to match others I have on the Kickstarter Story page. Second, working to get a fairly accurate quote for all the scanning and layouts to be done if the Kickstarter goal is met and the book proceeds to publishing. This needs to be worked in to other costs (Publishing and materials) to establish the total dollar goal needed.

With a raise in postal rates, another stop at the post office to finalize mailing/shipping cost to be added to Kickstarter Rewards section.

 

Image: ‘A Walk in the Park’

Text and Image: Copyright Craig L Haupt

Ukazoo: Trademark Ukazoo Books with permission.

 

Creating ‘The Journey to Ukazoo’ Book project

‘The Journey to Ukazoo’ Book project:

Sunday Journey to Ukazoo Notes:

Well folks, coming down the home stretch for a March Kickstarter Campaign Launch.

First a wonderful Thank you to those Sharing this project.

Completion of the video editing for the Kickstarter Home Page and submission approval will determine the March Launch date.

I will be adding a posting day besides Monday. On Wednesdays I will be posting the first few stories of ‘The Journey to Ukazoo’ to let on-line viewers get a glimpse of the Story portion of this project.

On future Sunday evenings there will be a post listing the ‘rewards’ to be offered for donations to help with the publishing of this Ukazoo Book project.

Image: ‘Hi’

Text and Image: Copyright Craig L Haupt

Ukazoo: Trademark Ukazoo Books with permission.

 

Creating ‘The Journey to Ukazoo’ Book-‘The Exhibit’

‘The Journey to Ukazoo’ Book project:

Following ‘Journey’s’ 37 text and image portion and the 8 images and notations of the ‘Snapshots and Memorabilia’ section of ‘The Journey to Ukazoo’ book project, there was the Ukazoo Art Exhibit itself. The primary focal point of the exhibit were 9 oil paintings. Five of the 9 were 16 x 20 inch, oil on board. This was one of those paintings.

To the book project, a bout of sickness put some of the artwork items on delay but I did continue progress on the computer with a few Kickstarter worksheets. Completed the Profile page. Adding or revising items in the Rewards section and same can be said for the Story page, adding text and selected images.

Made appointment to get three border art strips digitally scanned so I can finalize the Story page.

Image: ‘The Couple’ in Private collection

Oil of board,  20” x 16”

Text and Image: Copyright Craig L Haupt

Ukazoo: Trademark Ukazoo Books with permission.