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Capitola Beach by chateaugrief Capitola Beach by chateaugrief

“At nine o'clock the next morning Traverse went to the library to keep his tryst with Colonel Le Noir.”  Thus opens the 1870’s novel ‘Capitola’s Peril’  , by Mrs. E.D.E.N. Southworth (and you thought e e cummings sounded pretentious).  The word tryst had a different meaning back then, I’m certain, because all they do is talk about wills and inheritances and guardians until one’s ward should come-of-age in solidly Victorian fashion.  There’s mention of the word ‘adventuress’, with particular venom, and it ends with a ‘Sirrah!’ and then ‘Villain!’ but instead of sabers at dawn, Colonel Le Noir, who is in his dotage, leaves in a huff.  After seizing his hat.   There’s someone named ‘Mrs. Condiment’.  ?

But in these (rather un-) memorable tomes of the adventures of Miss Capitola Black does the fair city of Capitola, California take it’s name.  It was founded on Independence Day, 1874 as ‘Camp Capitola’ by Lulu Hall, the daughter of the first real-estate shark of California Samuel A. Hall, who quickly adjusted the name to the more picturesque ‘Capitola-by-the-Sea’, and set up a 160 room hotel.  It’s the oldest resort on the Pacific Coast although the original is no longer extant.  I think the entire place was a privately owned resort up until 1929’s stock market crash made the current owner Henry Rispin (and builder of the famous Haunted Rispin Mansion) abandon his property.  After an interregnum, it was officially incorporated in 1949.  

Tourism is still the major industry in Capitola, tourism and awful parking.  This place is more confusing than Dismal-land.  It’s a charming little city, where the main problems appear to be traffic congestion in the famous ‘Jewel Box Square’.  Zoning, whether or not to allow an Olive Garden, and giving doggos the mark of the beast (mandatory pet microchips)  That’s fitting.  Doggos are beasts.  The police appear to spend their time raising funds for breast cancer research.  It’s a beautiful, expensive little town with ramshackle old buildings and a significant number of visible surfboards.  So there you have it.  Capitola, California.  Which I think, was a splendid name for a spunky Vicky heroine.  Good show, Lulu.  

Vespasian not so much. 

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:iconmajeeka:
Majeeka Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2018  New Deviant Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Beautiful job with the lighting! This is gorgeous. 
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:iconchateaugrief:
chateaugrief Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!
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:iconmajeeka:
Majeeka Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2018  New Deviant Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're welcome ^.^
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saharan-coffee Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2018  New Deviant Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love the way the light glistens off the waves. You did a great job!

Also, I agree with you about the novel, "Capitola's Peril"- what an odd book for someone with such an odd name! 
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dVicko Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Beautiful. You did a great job with the colors.
Looks like a painting. 
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HAROPrints Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2018  New Deviant Student General Artist
This looks amazing! I was actually visiting capitola the other day, and the beach is beautiful, but not quite as beautiful as you make it out here! 
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lonerjohn Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2018
Wow, amazing work!!

So much energy!!

John:happybounce: 
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aerroscape Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2018   Digital Artist
really outstanding colour work, congrats!!
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FallenArchetype Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Never expected to see one of my local beaches on this site, let alone captured so beautifully. Our biggest import is tourists and our biggest export is definitely traffic
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QuintonDeveraux Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Powerful. Your write-up for the piece is beautiful too, maybe you must consider joining Wattpad as a writer.
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:icontheodorechill:
TheodoreCHill Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2018  New Deviant
Beautiful.
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sepiame Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This one is stunning! The water looks so crystalline that you'd want to dive right into it. I find myself staring into the wave as the sun shines through it, most captivating.
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S3cRt Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2018
Pretty ^^
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romik28 Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Amazing work !
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Wilk132 Featured By Owner May 29, 2018
You had to work with this very hard, hadn't you? 
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nelehjr Featured By Owner May 28, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Lovely.♥
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:iconedgefalls:
EdgeFalls Featured By Owner May 28, 2018
Beautiful
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ZeldaBotma Featured By Owner May 28, 2018  Hobbyist Artist
Amazing!
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:iconlindartz:
LindArtz Featured By Owner May 26, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Absolutely stunning!! :love:!
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mecengineer Featured By Owner May 26, 2018
wonderful
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ChikaraRyoku Featured By Owner May 26, 2018
amazing work
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:iconlordshaka2006:
lordshaka2006 Featured By Owner May 25, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Magnificent
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rumiyoko Featured By Owner May 25, 2018  Student Digital Artist
Let me just say, that is a very impressive artwork! 
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UnicornNimbus27703 Featured By Owner May 25, 2018
Nice work :D 
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dragondoodle Featured By Owner May 24, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You've painted these waves so beautifully :love:
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chateaugrief Featured By Owner May 24, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!
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:iconlonermade:
lonermade Featured By Owner May 24, 2018  Hobbyist Photographer
Ya I suppose. Of the California locations I've read that you've written about this the first I have no interest in visiting. Your painting is beautiful, I love the X formed as the waves redound. Wonderful job with the wave having the sun shine thru translucent body and glisten off the top. And again my favorite color combination with just enough cyan to make it work.

I have officially abandoned the belief as I often heard that 'it never rains in California'. After being rained on each time I've visited my brother in San Diego and all the storms I've seen on your horizons I'm beginning to think that saying serves the same purpose as 'happy cows make better milk', marketing.
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chateaugrief Featured By Owner May 24, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
it only rains in california when xander gets mad.  Last time it happened was 2008 where there were 2000 independent fires started from a single lightning storm and they spent the rest of the year putting them out.  I lived in sandy eggo for a year and never saw anything but mist.  I'm sure my explanation is as good as any.   Pretty sure.  
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lonermade Featured By Owner May 25, 2018  Hobbyist Photographer
Perhaps my presence is enough to get xander mad, that would follow the pattern that has developed at work.

I'm convinced.
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dragondoodle Featured By Owner May 24, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
www.youtube.com/watch?v=XqMEEv… You're not hearing the whole song . . . "It never rains in California, but girl don't they warn ya, it pours, man it pours."
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lonermade Featured By Owner May 25, 2018  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you for that entertaining bit of information. Turns out it is rather a sad song.

Have any light to shed on 'happy cows make better milk' ;)
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dragondoodle Featured By Owner Edited May 25, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The only thing I can figure is what the older ads imply, that the cows don't get snowed on in California (which is true) :XD: Therefore, according to the ad, they're happier because the weather is warmer (although, frankly, I'd think they'd be pretty miserable in the summer since it gets nasty hot and the grass dries out.:XD:)
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:iconlonermade:
lonermade Featured By Owner May 25, 2018  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks, that's interesting
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chateaugrief Featured By Owner May 24, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
mmm good song.... :)
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PaladinPainter Featured By Owner May 24, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
You did a great job there Cat nods 
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:iconchateaugrief:
chateaugrief Featured By Owner May 24, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!
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IkanBlackRaven Featured By Owner May 24, 2018
At first I thought it was a photo :O
Amazing work :heart:
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chateaugrief Featured By Owner May 24, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
thanks!
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rottinghalo Featured By Owner May 24, 2018
Great job, chateaugrief.  I could comment on your work all day, but I wouldn't get anything done, lol. ;) (Wink) 
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:iconchateaugrief:
chateaugrief Featured By Owner May 24, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
thank you!  
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LuckyNumber113 Featured By Owner May 24, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
It's amazing!  
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chateaugrief Featured By Owner May 24, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!
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LuckyNumber113 Featured By Owner May 24, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome! :)
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capnolagnia Featured By Owner May 24, 2018
More lovely artwork by you, chateaugrief. You're an amazingly talented artist.
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:iconchateaugrief:
chateaugrief Featured By Owner May 24, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!  Glad you like it!
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Helroir Featured By Owner May 24, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Cool
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chateaugrief Featured By Owner May 24, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!
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Dopeydora Featured By Owner May 24, 2018
Beautiful
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