June 22, 2014


“The Mountain Verses” 72 trail paintings by Obi Kaufmann. These paintings, called trail paintings, were made in the Spring of 2014 in the mountains and deserts of California. They are love poems for the land and describe an intimate relationship with the wild ghosts that inhabit this vital landscape, alive with color and non-precious at heart. These paintings were made in the field, and are often dirty, bent and ripped. There are blessed defects that are often undetectable in these scans, so should you choose to purchase one, be prepared for a thing that comes from the trail and is very much part of that world. These paintings each measure 6.75″ x 10.5″ and come in plastic, ready to frame.


May 19, 2014

THE ASTRAL GUIDES ARE AVAILABLE. click here or on any picture to buy. 




A 52-card, divinatory art-deck by Obi Kaufmann (@coyotethunder on Instagram), based on the stars and their poetic journey across the Northern sky. 

The deck itself is printed on high-quality, poker style cards. The print quality is beautiful and as much as it is a game, it is also a portfolio of the figurative-paintings and poetry of Obi Kaufmann. For more pictures and information, go to and to – also be sure to follow Obi on his instragram @coyotethunder.

The Astral Guides work with light to help with particular quandaries. Each card is assigned a star, or a constellation of stars, that when in season, benefit from moving between the Earth and the arm of the Milky Way it lives in. Begin by shuffling the deck well, concentrating on the dilemma. Always consult the deck with specific intention. Draw one, three or five cards depending on the depth and importance of the quandary at hand. Arrange the cards in order, laterally so the orienting symbols on both sides of the card line up. Count the numbers, consider how the orienting symbols align, recognize the seasonality of each card, move through the poetry. If the numbers add up to an even sum, if the orienting symbols don’t align, or if the season isn’t right, don’t pay too much attention to the reading: the door needs to be open correctly for the guides to grant clear divination.

The Astral Guides

May 16, 2014


P2200828 copy






Mojave wildflower Bloom, Spring 2014

May 16, 2014

Obi Kaufmann on the Trail – Late Spring 2014

May 6, 2014


Late spring trail paintings.

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Above, in front of the Field Lab Van.

Go to to learn about the wilderness perfume made there.

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