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.


12 + 12, 12 x 12’s- #22 of 24, ‘Day in the Park’, The Finished Painting

Project: 12 + 12, 12 x 12’s  #22 of 24

Title-’Day in the Park’

Third sequenced post, ‘The Finished Painting’.


With the primary design at the center as geometric forms I wanted to balance this painting with surrounding softer forms and colors. Oil on Board

Next Monday: ‘The Doodle’ for painting #23 of 24

Image copyright Craig L Haupt


12 + 12, 12 x 12’s- #22 of 24, ‘Day in the Park’, The Worksheet

Project: 12 + 12, 12 x 12’s  #22 of 24

Title-’Day in the Park’

Second sequenced post, ‘The Worksheet’.


As the Worksheet developed, I found that I was able to incorporate two additional ’doodle’ selections made by Carole. If you’re following these sequenced posts and refer back to last weeks ’First sequenced Doodle’ post, the primary design is based on doodle #2 and the two additional doodles added are #5 and #4. I was also able, in the top left corner, to find a place for a reduced version of Carole’s original selection, doodle #1.

Next Monday: ‘The Finished Painting’

Image copyright Craig L Haupt


12 + 12, 12 x 12’s- #22 of 24, ‘Day in the Park’, The Doodle

Project: 12 + 12, 12 x 12’s  #22 of 24

Title-’Day in the Park’

First sequenced post, ‘The Doodle’.


From the + 12 portion of this project, the ‘Doodles’ for this painting were selected from my sketchbooks by a fellow Artist and good friend, Carole.

This painting, #22, shares a theme with #20, #21, and upcoming #23. In each, I had selected a ‘Doodle’ from ones they had choose. In each I had developed a Worksheet and in three of the four I had started a painting. As my paint application evolved with the previous 19 paintings in this project and two intermissions that I veered away to create eleven, 8 x 10 paintings and seven, 11 x 14 paintings respectably, I ran into a roadblock in finishing these four 12 x 12’s.

I asked each of these individuals to select new ’Doodles’ from the sketchbooks.

Circled Doodle #1 was Carole’s original choice. Number 2 was one of her new choices, as was #3 and #5. I choose to work with #2 but kept open the option of incorporating #5 and #4, pending how the Worksheet developed.

Next Monday the ‘Worksheet’

Image copyright Craig L Haupt


“The Ukazoo Art Exhibit”-Seven of Nine


A Walk in the Park

“The Ukazoo Art Exhibit”

Seventh of the Nine Oil Paintings displayed


“A Walk in the Park”

December, 2013

22” x 22” Oil on Board


Just after completing “Mating Calls” I turned my attention to the next ‘almost completed’ painting, “A Walk in the Park”.

This painting carries a small history.

The first painting using these ‘spherical characters’ was “King Me” (see Slide 13 in the Journey to Ukazoo). “King Me” also represents my last painting using Acrylic paints. During this acrylic painting, I felt the need to achieve more flexibility in my approach to layering/glazing techniques for creating shading/form and thus, four years ago, the stage was set for my learning to paint with oils .

“A Walk in the Park” derived from a ’doodle’ in my sketch book, dated December, 2009, containing these same ’spherical characters’. After completing a number of oil paintings over the next three + years, I decided to develop it as an Oil painting and, at the very least, see the progress of the shading techniques between the Acrylic “King Me” and the Oil “Walk in the Park”. Took a while to finally finish this painting but I am very comfortable with my transition from the Acrylic’s to Oils.


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, acrobatic alligators, and a Zeppelin with scrolling text declaring:




Are many manic mimes releasing a vast array of brightly colored balloons.


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.

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See “Slide One” for a brief synopsis.