‘The Journey to Ukazoo’ Book project on Kickstarter

Included in The Journey to Ukazoo’ book are the 37 stories and images. Each story has its own unique whimsical flavor set to the image and location visited. Using past photography means of viewing images, I refer to the each story as ‘Slides’.

The image shown is used for story ‘Slide 6’, ‘Blueberry Earrings’ and the location of the story is Yazoo (not to be confused with Ukazoo) City, Mississippi.

Two weeks left to invest in a book, prints, or as your opportunity for immortality, have your name somewhere in the story text or border artwork. Please visit my Kickstarter page and support the publication of this unique ArtStory project.

Kickstarter Link to my site, click on my name:  Craig L Haupt

The Kickstarter project runs to April 3.
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.
My thanks to some of the supporters of this book: Margaret T, Linda P, and Alice BD.

Image: ‘Blueberry Earrings’
Copyright: Craig L Haupt
Ukazoo: A Trademark of Ukazoo Bookstore and used with permission.

 

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‘The Journey to Ukazoo’ Book project on Kickstarter

Included in The Journey to Ukazoo’ book are the 9 oil paintings shown during the Ukazoo Solo Exhibit. This is one. Two weeks left to invest in a book, prints, or, as your opportunity for immortality, have your name somewhere in the story text or border artwork. Please visit my Kickstarter page and support the publication of this unique ArtStory project.

The Kickstarter project runs to April 3.
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: Carole, Susan V,  Joan, and Cheryl

Image: ‘She Loves Me Not’
Copyright: Craig L Haupt
Ukazoo: A Trademark of Ukazoo Bookstore and used with permission.

 

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 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

Following the ‘Journey’s’ 37 text and image portion of the ‘to be published’ book, the next section featured is titled ‘Snapshots and Memorabilia’. Highlighting letters, pictures, and items received in the mail from people I met during the Journey to Ukazoo. Eight images and notes were part of this section. Shown here is one of those images.

As for the present Journey to Ukazoo Book project, The filming for the Kickstarter submission video was delayed as I needed to rework the storyboard to keep the descriptive discussion within a 2 minute format.

Border artwork is now being transferred to Bristol paper, inked in, and watercolors added. I want at least 8 of the 74 border images ready for the video.

Image: ‘Blue Sphere, Green Man’ – in Private Collection

Oil on board

Text and Image: Copyright Craig L Haupt

Ukazoo: Trademark Ukazoo Books with permission.

 

Creating ‘The Journey to Ukazoo’ Book

Continuing to address the three components for creation of this book. After the First, the ’Frontmatter’ which I wrote about in the previous Ukazoo Book Posts, the second component of this book is the ’Body’.

The ‘Body’ is divided into three parts – The Journey, Snapshots & Memorabilia, and the Art Exhibit.

The first part, ‘The Journey to Ukazoo’ consists of 37 images matched to 37 one page stories/vignettes.

The 2013 on-line posting goal was to create one story each week corresponding with a selected art image and journey location.

I chose Niagara Falls for the location using this image.

 

As for the present Art Exhibit Book project, my past holiday weeks have been working on email/mailing lists and designing/ordering a postcard to make friends and family, who are infrequent or have no social media presence, aware of this project. They are being send today.

Also had to break out the carpenter tools to work on a backdrop to the drafting table for staging the video used for the introduction on the ’Kickstarter’ site.

 

If you have not done so, please ‘Like’ the Craig L Haupt Art page and by helping with this Ukazoo Book project by ‘Sharing’ these Monday Posts, you will secure a place in the Ukazoo Book acknowledgement section.

 

Image: ‘But the May Says….’ in Private Collection

Oil on Board, 18” x 18”

Text and Image: Copyright Craig L Haupt

Ukazoo: Trademark Ukazoo Books with permission.

 

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