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The autumn unfolds across the redwoods in this dry California season. I am in the backcountry near Butano and I have a couple of packs full of tools and trailpainting (the hashtag #trailpaintings is largely just my work on instagram). I am wondering how social media in the 21st century works for a painter and a poet; an identity with which I identify most; I am rewriting earlier work, I am making portraits of the young, tall trees; I am finding large slugs and listening to Bach. I am glad to see the streams still have water despite the drought. I believe long form photo-essays and brief essays are where there is truth beyond posts, tweets and status updates. The online journal makes its return.

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I never feel lonely near a campfire. The entity of fire keeps me company. And picnic tables! Picnic tables make the best studios. My preferred office by far. And not a computer anywhere. Only the shadowed trees to guide the #trailpaintings

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Still working diligently on the Field Atlas of California; hundreds of hand-painted maps that describe the way California moves, the way it lives and cycles through itself as a contiguous system. large-scale, Macro-natural history. Every map I make seems to reveal a core-system, a subtle, sublime component to the larger machine. This map describes the California Divide, a rim that circles the crest of the mountains of California: from the Coastal range, up across the Cascade volcanoes, down the spine of the Sierra and up around the Transverse… a divide that defines how rain-water drains from the ranges; all the rain inside the circle works toward both the San Joaquin and the Sacramento rivers to ultimately drain in the San Francisco Bay.

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The bandanna collection, including the work of: Kapital, Indigo Fera, High Desert Test Sites, Jack Knife, Wood & Faulk, Iron & Resin. Tools from 18 waits, Buck knife, Leatherman, Kaweco, The Astral Guides. 

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Tool roll by Iron & Resin

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Sketchbooks by Bulldogge, Peg and Awl, @wildchildinthetree, @whiskeyt

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for more #trailpaintings go to obikaufmann.com; for more of my writing go to the TRAIL NOTES blog at JUNIPER RIDGE. Pack by Frost River.

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