The Journey to Ukazoo’ Book project on Kickstarter-“Spaceburger”

If you ever wanted to be in a Story, in a scene of whimsical art, or just the acknowledgement section in a publication, this is your chance. ‘The Journey to Ukazoo’ Kickstarter ArtStory book project ends tomorrow (Wed April 3 at 3:00pm).

My thanks to some of the supporters of this unique ArtStory book: Debbie Z, Anne T. Heather R. Highlandtown Gallery

You have secured your place in this whimsical publication.

Kickstarter Link on Website:  Craig L Haupt

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

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.

 

‘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.

I have reached the initial goal which will allow me to print the book. The Kickstarter project runs from March 4 to April 3 with a variety for ’rewards’ offered for your help in increasing the amount of books I can order from the publisher.

The artwork accompanying this post is one of three 5 x 7 prints offered at one reward level.

This artwork is also included in ‘The Journey to Ukazoo’ Book.

My hope is that, at the very least, you are able to take a few minutes to visit this unique ArtStory project.

 

‘The Canoe Ride’

Copyright: Craig L Haupt

Ukazoo: A Trademark of Ukazoo Bookstore and used with permission.

 

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.

 

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

Steppin’ Out

‘The Journey to Ukazoo’ book project:

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

Slide One – ‘Steppin’ Out’ –  June 3, 2013

It is June 3th, 2013, a clear Monday morning with warm hints of the temperature starting to rise.

I’ve been getting ready for this day for over a month now with both anticipation and apprehension. It’s to be a long 9-month trip and hopefully my preparation will give me the advantage of a successful journey. With all the groundwork I have done, I know there are parts of this trip that cast uncertainties in choosing paths and locations.

The few days before, in the midst of all my packing, I washed the van, cleaned, and vacuumed the interior to get her as fresh to go as I possibly could. The day before, I filled the gas tank and set the trip and gas odometers to zero.

Besides the usual suspects, the suitcases were packed with as many changes of clothes I could cram in, the ditty-bag bursting with every imageable heath and grooming concern I could think of, I also included the items I felt should be at my fingertips for this long drive.

Before packing the back of the van, I made sure my bike had its spot secured to one side. All other suitcases, boxes, and bags followed.

Of course, the camera, nudged between the seats, headed the list so that I could record as many sights as I possible. A ‘Trip diary’ book ruled and columned to chart my days, miles traveled, and include notes of people, places, and events.

Of most importance to this long drive and secured to the front passenger seat is a flat, full fitted, and sanded piece of plywood to hold four attached plastic containers with items of need within arm’s reach – three containers in a row and one to the left side. The third one back in the row holds the Trip-diary, extra pencils and pens, pen knife (for alligator attacks), a few Band-Aids, Advil, rubber bands, spare glasses, index cards, an old dented Harmonica, and other ’I might need’ items.

The first container of the row carries a familiar long trip snack, salted pretzel rods.

The middle one and the one to the left, without a doubt reflects my age. The middle one is an array of maps of the various states I anticipate, both driving through or stopping in. I hear all you saying GPS, GPS. Even if I had a GPS in the van, I would still be carrying the maps. There is a sort of romanticism about unfolding a map and perusing all the possible routes and the out of the way small towns. There’s also the trusting of our sense of intuitiveness to decide to sometimes take ‘a road less traveled’, see where it leads, and the personal sense of triumph in finding your way back to a familiar route. The important part is the deadline for finishing the trip. I need to end my Journey to Ukazoo February 10th, 2014 so that I can set up the Art Exhibit at Ukazoo Bookstore to open on February 16, 2014.

The container on the left will open the readers eyes a bit more. This container, houses music cassettes.  Yes, cassettes with lots and lots of music I have selected to record, over lots and lots and lots of years. I have and listen to other forms of recorded music but for the road trips, the recorded music on the cassettes always fit nicely for the long drives. They, like the maps, envelope a certain sense of familiarly – old friends if you may.

Checked the stove and lights and with a turn of the key to lock the door, I made my way out to the van.

This first camera shot/selfie is of me taking that first step on my journey to Ukazoo. To be honest, the image is a little deceptive as I do sport a beard and mustache. The hair on the other hand, or should I say, ‘lack of hair’, is accurate. With the van packed, a small cooler with water up front by the camera and a small tin of homemade chocolate chip cookies to intertwined with the pretzel snacks, I am ready to go. Setting the trip odometer to zero and settling in for a ten-hour drive and Ferry ride, my first stop is Ocacoke, N.C.

 

Text and image: Copyright Craig L Haupt

Ukazoo: Trademark Ukazoo Bookstore, used by permission.