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Pacific Beach by chateaugrief Pacific Beach by chateaugrief

This is a view from Pacific Beach looking up at La Jolla in San Diego.  I didn’t know what La Jolla (unfortunately not pronounced joe-la) meant, but apparently there’s debate.  On the one hand it could be just an unnecessarily complicated spelling of the spanish ‘Joya’ or ‘jewel’…I missed that word somehow. Pawn shops only seem to advertise ‘compramos oro’.  To that end though, all the streets in Pacific beach are named after jewels: Agate, Turquoise, Sapphire, Tourmaline, Opal, Beryl, Chalcedony, Diamond, Emerald, Felspar, Garnet, Hornblend….which incidentally sounds a little bit uh, biblical…  

On the other hand, the local indians called the place ‘mat ku-laxuy’ which means ‘land of holes’ and the word ‘Jolla’ could just be a transcription of ‘laxuy’.  I dunno, I could see that.  Problem is there aren’t any noticeable ‘holes’ in the area.  

Most famous resident would probably be Dr. Seuss, Theodore Geisel, of whom UCSD put up the world’s ugliest library in La Jolla in his honor.    Yes I know it’s interesting architecture.  It’s just…ugly….why did it have to be so…brutalist?  It’s all grimy and unpainted ugly concrete.  It reminds me of a gulag.  Then again, it is a prestigious University of California, so perhaps the evocation of arbitrary politicized enslavement is appropriate.  But that is not all, next to this gulag library, connecting it to the rest of campus (almost, as you’ll see), is a giant slate tile footpath in the shape of an enormous python, running through a grove of fruit trees, with a big monument in the middle saying ‘Then wilt thou not be loth to leave this paradise, but shall possess a paradise within thee, happier far.’ which is a quote from Milton of what Satan says to Eve in the garden of Eden.  I can’t avoid the biblical in this place, can I?  The snake path though, while appearing to lead to the entrance of the library and therefore symbolically ‘knowledge’, does not actually lead to the library, but sticks you outside the library where you can’t get inside, you don’t even ‘gain the knowledge’ that the serpent ‘promised’. I’ll quote the latimes article: “[the snake] path culminates at a dismal concrete plateau that surrounds the library but affords no access.”  That is one depressingly biblical symbol to spend millions of dollars on.  How much does tuition cost again?  And you wonder why California has that certain reputation.  

Xander has finished redecorating.  He has regular streets, not snake streets that deceive you and lead nowhere instead of to the gulag library they put up to honor the rhyming guy who wrote happy kid’s books.  Any UCSD students out there, am I getting this right? 

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AnnaZLove Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome!
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xHelloBeautifulx Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2018
Holy, exquisitely phenomenal! This Ethereal Pacific Beach is stunning and The Coastal Scenery looks incredible. The designs, ocean, tide, waves, water, curling wave, beach, sand, bubbles, ripples, surface, mountains, ledges cliffs, crevices, caves, cove, sky, clouds, clouds hues, sunset, rays, reflection, palm trees, ledge, brush, flowers, leaves, plant life, wind, houses, buildings, town, architecture, power lines, gleam, glow, shadows, transparency, flow, movement, effects, realisticness, perspective, atmosphere, hues, textures, composition, concept, uniqueness, style, colors, lighting, and other details are also outstanding. Amazingly Beautiful work! :iconfantasticplz:
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RyansCreationStation Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2018  New Deviant
Gorgeous! Your color choice is primeShocked 
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Puffolotti4iji Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Stylized foam looks great. Overall the whole piece looks great.

Is this place facing south? Excuse me for the stupid question, but assuming is facing west, that sunset looks like a little like a dawn.
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wemeetagain Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2018
how do you do it? awesome!
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Toxic-CherryBlossem Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I would love to see a tutorial on a background like this!
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chateaugrief Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
It's up on patreon, but members only. I do one for every landscape each week.  If you're interested though: www.patreon.com/posts/pacific-…  I've got some free stuff on patreon too that you might like.
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DJMattRicks Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2018
Awesome... :D (Big Grin) 
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chateaugrief Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
thanks!
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James-Polymer Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2018
Oh my gosh, this is beautiful. :love: remake II
Why can't the beaches on the Northeast Coast look like this?
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chateaugrief Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!  well the short answer is 'the jet stream + coriolus effect'... one can always hope for climate change...then again you guys have all the good pirate lore about 'schooners emerging from the fog'...
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charmedangel61 Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2018  Hobbyist Artist
beautiful
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chateaugrief Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
thanks!
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charmedangel61 Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2018  Hobbyist Artist
np
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AlicornAngel-34 Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2018  Student General Artist
This is beautiful.....I wish I can stand on the beach like this....Tini Sea Star M E R M A I D Tini Bubbles 
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chateaugrief Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!  
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joseyphipps Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2018  Student General Artist
The waves look so realistic, awesome job
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chateaugrief Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
thank you!
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pinklilith Featured By Owner Edited Aug 18, 2018  Professional Artist
Heart 
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chateaugrief Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
thanks!
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JasiraDark Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2018  New Deviant
Wow so stunning <3
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chateaugrief Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
thanks!
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Favenatig Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Amazing :)
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chateaugrief Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
thanks!
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ashbasher22 Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Simply stunning.
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chateaugrief Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
thanks!
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mpz28 Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2018
Very nice  Cool WinkBlue Love Applaud fella (Reactions)
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chateaugrief Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
thanks!
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DimensionalDragons Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2018  Hobbyist Artist
Oh man, that is gorgeous.
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chateaugrief Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
thank you!
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xWolfie36x Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2018  Student Traditional Artist
Hah! Starting next month I'll be a freshman at UCSD, and my Triton spirit shakes my fist at you calling the Geisel Library ugly! If it means anything, it's gorgeous on the inside, and I look forward to writing many essays right in front of the six story windows overlooking campus.

Again, I'm loving how your painting technique is evolving! The water at the horizon is only a few squiggly lines but that's all you need and it's very effective. Gorgeous!
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chateaugrief Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you! Congrats on your matriculation! I was looking for photos from the inside, and I had the hardest time finding anything...the search engine kept showing me the inside of the George Peabody library which I've so shamelessly and adoringly stolen from it's location in Baltimore.  Writing essays while looking out over the ocean! Mmmm mmm mmm.  sounds fantastic!  except for the essays part.  swap the essay for a cup of coffee and it's a deal.    
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xWolfie36x Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2018  Student Traditional Artist
Thank you! My definition of a "gorgeous" library interior is probably a bit skewed anyway. The books. So. Many. Books. Everywhere. Eight levels of them (more or less). The further you go up, the quieter you're supposed to be. Yes, the ocean views! My dining hall is literally called Oceanview Terrace. Is it worth the tuition? I'll get back to you on that lol!
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mecengineer Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2018
amazing
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chateaugrief Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
thanks!
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TakiZyn Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2018  New Deviant Hobbyist General Artist
I love the lighting!  And the interesting town name debate, too, lol.
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chateaugrief Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!  I'm always interested in how towns get their names!
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akiestar Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2018  Hobbyist Photographer
I really love this piece! Makes me want to drive down to San Diego to see this in person given how beautiful it looks, and I bet it would even better in person! :D
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chateaugrief Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!  It's a great drive to San Diego...HW1 is worth the drive it it's open.  What's the train that runs down the coast, the Coast Starlight Train?  I've always wanted to take that myself.
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lethe-gray Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2018  Hobbyist Writer
Hey I love the library :) It was made in the height of the 'concrete bunker' era, but it's also just interesting as hell to look at imo. the housing on campus also has that look of an Eastern European hell hole, though nowhere near as glass-sided...

Locally though ... I don't think there's ever been any confusion that La Jolla means the jewel, though the "holes" they reference in that one translation may be the tide pools, as there are quite a few.
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chateaugrief Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Concrete bunker indeed!  So the whole campus has that theme in their architecture? Very interesting! Odd choice considering it's such a beautiful piece of land. Perhaps they wanted to balance the natural beauty with...I dunno, why?   So the local meaning is 'jewel'?  Someone came in the comments saying it was 'holes'.  Ooh tide pools, I love tide pools, I shall have to paint these!  
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lethe-gray Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2018  Hobbyist Writer
Not the WHOLE campus, lol it's still a mishmash of styles because construction in this county is like... literally non stop. The campus was built on an older military base, so all the eucalyptus trees are all in rows you can march through ;) Some of the buildings are just absolutely bog-standard 'university bungalo' which was extremely common here for decades. A lot of the town is military, and a lot of the housing was meant to be temporary, and has lasted many, many more decades than intended. Many of the campus buildings (at least when my ex and all our friends were going there) have that traditional 'cheap ass stucco' exterior, but I'm sure that a few of those have been torn down and rebuilt since that time (... fairly, aside from medical things recently, it's been since the mid-90s since I've wandered the campus).

I've lived in San Diego all my life, never heard 'holes'. :)

it's very much a beautiful beach, though I'm much more fond of the beaches north of PB. We have like... what, 70 miles worth of beaches? They're all different from one another and certainly some are much nicer than others. LJ is probably the most popular for tourists, though the surroundings are quite expensive and parking is... well, pffft nonexistent. PB has a unique and much more local-fun feel to it. Ocean Beach (just south of PB) has this... distinct... smell? And from there I think it kinda just gets ick until you pass Downtown and the harbor. So many features on the coastline :D

Definitely if you haven't come here to wander them, you should :D Particularly in the 'off season' - you can still get sunburnt in February and there aren't nearly as many tourists to get in the way of painting :D
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moccabun Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, the colours you used make this piece look so warm and comforting <3 
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chateaugrief Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you! I love painting with pastel colors! it feels almost self indulgent sometimes, but every once in a while, I just feel like breaking out the pink!
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Wazzouf Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
As someone who dreams of living in California, this painting made me feel some type of way. Thank you for sharing that with us!
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chateaugrief Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
I understand that dream!  I've wanted to live here for a long long time myself.  Took a while, but I made it!  Now if only I can manage to stay... thank you!
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jade-alexandria Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
It's lovely. <3
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chateaugrief Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
thanks!
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jade-alexandria Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
No problem. :D
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Aforestare Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2018  New Deviant Hobbyist Digital Artist
Good rendition.
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