Herb Walks | The California Field Atlas | Spend the Day with Award-winning Author-Illustrator Obi Kaufmann

Herb Walks with Lanny Kaufer has arranged with author Obi Kaufmann for an intimate event in Ojai on Saturday, February 10th, 2018 at the Ventura River Preserve and a downtown indoor location. This unique workshop will be of great interest to naturalists and artists alike. Obi will join Lanny on a nature walk in the morning and then share the process of creating his epic 2017 book, The California Field Atlas, in an afternoon slideshow presentation. The indoor session will include an on-the-spot, live painting in the watercolor-and-calligraphy style of the book’s illustrations. 
Although the first printing of the book sold out in a few short months, Obi will have copies of the latest printing available for personalized signing. Please visit the event listing at HerbWalks.com to sign up. 

Obi Kaufmann, Author-Illustrator

About Obi Kaufmann and The California Field Atlas

For poet, painter, and naturalist Obi Kaufmann California is a magic network of living systems that connect in a grand, quilted array of ecology and beauty. The lavishly illustrated, 550-page California Field Atlas takes readers off the beaten path and outside normal conceptions of California, revealing its myriad ecologies, topographies, and histories with hundreds of exquisite hand-painted maps and trail paintings. Obi Kaufmann blends science and art to illuminate California’s elemental narrative of earth, air, fire, and water like no other book has done before.
Kaufmann depicts layer after layer of the natural world, delighting in the grand scale and details alike. The effect is staggeringly beautiful: presented alongside California divvied into its fifty-eight counties, for example, we consider California made up of dancing tectonic plates, of watersheds, of wildflower gardens. Maps are enhanced by spirited illustrations of wildlife, keys that explain natural phenomena, and a clear-sighted but reverential text. Full of character and color, the California Field Atlas has quickly become a new classic, being hailed as a “gorgeously illustrated compendium” (Sunset Magazine) that “…will provide you with a greater appreciation for the state’s ecological jewels and landmarks. Kaufmann’s writing offers us hope during this trying time for conservationism and climactic pushback.” (San Francisco Chronicle). 
In the few months since The California Field Atlas has hit stores across California and beyond it has enjoyed four weeks at the number one spot for non-fiction paperbacks in Northern California and is beginning to rank in Southern California’s top ten. The California Field Atlas is the winner of the 2016 Phelan Award for California literature by the San Francisco Foundation, insuring the Atlas will be include in the California Historical Society’s Bancroft Library archives at the University of California at Berkeley.
An avid conservationist, Obi Kaufmann regularly travels around the state, speaking on issues of ecological restoration and preservation to such groups as the Klamath-Siskiyou Wildland Center, the Mojave Desert Land Trust, the Anza Borrego Foundation, the Mono Lake Committee, the Peninsula Open Space Trust and Friends of the River in Coloma. He is an illustrator for Bay Nature Magazine, the Berkeley Times, and Premium Arts, as well as a long-term collaborator with the men’s apparel brand INDIGOFERA. A life-long resident of California, Obi Kaufmann makes his home base in Oakland and is currently working on Field Atlases to come. 
Saturday, February 10: 00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
• $25 for adults; $20 for seniors 62 and older; $15 for students 13-18
• Register at www.HerbWalks.com or call 805-646-6281


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