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This is the oldest Pepper Tree in California, at the Mission San Luis Rey in Oceanside!   It was planted from a pepper seed in 1830 and it has been shedding tree trash all over the place ever since.  If you want a tree like this, look no further than your kitchen.  Pepper trees are notorious for losing junk and stuff, being a mess, and getting that weird bulbous gnarled trunk.  This was suggested to me by  Gentlestorms who incidentally sent me a completely awesome fan art of Chateau Grief that wasn’t on DA so I couldn’t show it off.  I really really love getting fan arts btw...  

The mission was founded in 1798 by the Franciscans who built their entire complex around an water system that they designed.  They began work on the mission in 1815, and it is the largest of the California Missions.  My big question is ‘Who is San Luis Rey’ which means of course, Saint Louis, King.  Meet me in St. Louis!  Well it’s Louis IX, who was a Capet, and who lived from 1214 to 1270.  He was a Crusader King, and despite not actually being in France for the crusading bit, presided over some serious French high culture…which ended up with him getting made a Saint.  He was married to my 26th great-grandmother’s sister, and he died of dysentery, though not on the Oregon Trail.  Here’s a book written by one of his knights about him:   

He starts the book off with a list of habitual sayings of Louis: 

“Fair son, I pray thee, win the love of the people of thy kingdom.  For truly, I would rather that a Scot should come out of Scotland and rule the people of the kingdom well and justly, than that thou shouldest govern them ill-advisedly”

Sick burn Scotland. 

“See that you be not wittingly guilty of any word or deed whereof—if all the world knew it— you could not acknowledge: So I said; So I did.”

Sick burn Twitter.

“Which would you rather: Be a leper, or have committed a deadly sin?”

Sick burn modern politics -  Louis picked the leper, obviously.  He got his wish, judging from some of the scathing things people are saying about him online.

“Speak aloud, for your fellows here fancy that you are backbiting them.  If your discourse at table be of pleasant matters, then speak aloud, or, if not, then keep silence.”

See, your mom never said it that elegantly, did she?

So Louis was made a saint, and is now a bit of a leper.  Very cool.  I wonder if he liked pepper trees?  He even got painted by El Greco holding a back scratcher. It’s in the Louvre.  

Xander could never hope to be this cool.

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BananaBootie's avatar
BananaBootie|Hobbyist General Artist
i love blues and greens! this image is so nice.
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Oooh nice!!!  :heart:
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chateaugrief|Professional Digital Artist
thank you!
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very nice Clap 
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chateaugrief|Professional Digital Artist
thanks!
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always very welcome Hug
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LifeInClay|Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Amazing picture!
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chateaugrief|Professional Digital Artist
thanks!
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ArtoutMeringueEdited |Hobbyist General Artist
What a nice place to rest, I bet he did. This is giving me a "The Samurai's Garden" feel!
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chateaugrief|Professional Digital Artist
Thank you! yes a place for contemplation
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RedRavenRiot|Hobbyist General Artist
These are the kinds of branches that I can't resist climbing! They feel so alive!
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chateaugrief|Professional Digital Artist
yes indeed!  I loved climbing trees when I was of tree-climbing age!
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RedRavenRiot|Hobbyist General Artist
But every age is tree-climbing age! 
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AlicornAngel-34|Student General Artist
Nature is always beautiful little plant emoji 
+|F2U|+ Sparkly Purple Pot Plant DURR PLANT! P L A N T F R I E N D  +|F2U|+ Aqua Marine Pot Plant Perle Von Nurnberg 
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chateaugrief|Professional Digital Artist
thanks!
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SurielX|Professional Digital Artist
VERY NICE!!!
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chateaugrief|Professional Digital Artist
thanks!
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lonermade|Hobbyist Photographer
Nice painting, a more open suggestive style, impressionistic/post impressionistic perhaps. Light seems to be playing a lessor role in this painting than most of your work.
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chateaugrief|Professional Digital Artist
interesting...I was trying to break out of the 1500-3000 kelvin range for light and do something weird, super hot, almost green... maybe it's just my eyes...tomorrow is all about pinks and purples and I don't know why but it is.  it's like I go in phases. :)
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lonermade|Hobbyist Photographer
Color is hotter in this image and flatter than your typical work. I don't mean flat as a negative with exception of Renaissance, Neo-Classic styles and some stills beyond art was flat. Impressionists and post impressionists art was quite flat even with their interest in light. Light often dictated color and in this image I think that is the role light is playing
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definitely less sense of distance, a smaller whatchamacallit, camera lens focus distance ...is that 'aperture'?   I've been studying 1400's ish art recently maybe it's rubbed off on me, though I'm not 100% clear on the concept of 'flatness' per se...it's an interesting analysis.  I wonder if what I'm calling 'ground albedo' ie. the light that bounces off the earth and hits low level particles-- is a key component of this sense of distance in art?  
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taemart|Professional Digital Artist
amazing
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thanks!
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u2 ^_^
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