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San Luis Rey Pepper Tree by chateaugrief San Luis Rey Pepper Tree by chateaugrief

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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ArtoutMeringue Featured By Owner Edited 5 days ago  New Deviant 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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RedRavenRiot Featured By Owner 6 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist
These are the kinds of branches that I can't resist climbing! They feel so alive!
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AlicornAngel-34 Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2018  Student General Artist
Nature is always beautiful little plant emoji 
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SurielX Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2018  New Deviant Professional Digital Artist
VERY NICE!!!
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chateaugrief Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
thanks!
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lonermade Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2018  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 Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2018  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 Featured By Owner 5 days ago  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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chateaugrief Featured By Owner 5 days ago  Professional Digital Artist
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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lonermade Featured By Owner 5 days ago  Hobbyist Photographer
I think the term you are looking for is depth of field, the distance that is in focus in a photography. In this painting I feel flatness is result of minimal modeling of elements and lack of atmosphere. The image appears in three planes the tree in front and a bit behind is the arch and not far behind is background and sky. Tint, shades and intensity of color are relatively close throughout image. I think it is larger bold colors with limited texture and the activity of leaves and broken light on the ground that has me thinking of impressionists.
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chateaugrief Featured By Owner 5 days ago  Professional Digital Artist
what's the term for video where the camera is focused on the character up front and then doesn't refocus, but suddenly the whole space expands or contracts or something behind the character and there's an enormous distance where there was little before?  ...  a dolly zoom?...the difference between a telephoto and a wide angle shot?  I think that's how I'm understanding the flattening or deepening of the background. you can still focus on a foreground object, but you see more or less background depending on the angle?    
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lonermade Featured By Owner 4 days ago  Hobbyist Photographer
Dolly zoom sounds right, bit of a side note there is a fascinating sequence at opening of one of Werner Herzog's films I think Fata Morgana from end of a runway a series of planes take off, with each take off the camera moves further away and zooms in more. The background remains static and the plane at first races toward the camera at end of sequence seems to lift straight up.
I think you are on to something with your flattening/deepening theory but I also think modeling/adding volume to subjects is also a key part to flattening/deepening of an image.
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taemart Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
amazing
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chateaugrief Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
thanks!
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taemart Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
u2 ^_^
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SabrinaStuckless Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2018  New Deviant Professional Digital Artist
Lovely work!! <3
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chateaugrief Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
thanks!
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Myart665 Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2018
Please, someone tell me how a rookie like me, got noticed by a professional artist....Honestly, I can't draw for crap, but I won't give up. So thank you for the little llama badge [I'm such a newb I'm happy about a llama badge]. Have a great evening/ day. Goodbye. :D
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chateaugrief Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
welcome! thank you!
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xWolfie36x Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2018  Student Traditional Artist
"He died of dysentery, though not on the Oregon Trail." How is that even possible?!?!??

The back scratcher lol.

Sooo pretty~ I really like the texture of the bark!

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chateaugrief Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
haha yes indeed!  thank you!
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xenon132 Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2018
nice place to spend relaxing under
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chateaugrief Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!
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toedeledoki Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2018
Oh wow, the blue. It's so intense and gorgeous; lends the whole piece a waking dream-like atmosphere. I love the framing too. Gorgeous scene; makes you want to be transported there :)
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chateaugrief Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!  Warm and sunny and summery...I start to feel fall coming on, and it's getting cold again and I always miss the warmth.  Glad you liked it! 
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toedeledoki Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2018
Same here across the pond; cardigan weather soon. There's always next year to look forward to!
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Nemeaux Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Wow! The unique way you've translated the colors and lighting is delightfully unusual. And I love the plays of positive and negative space between the sky and branches. Lovely work!
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chateaugrief Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!  I do so much warm light I wanted to force some ultra cool colors.  Like snow-blindness colors.  It was a fun change!
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MysticDuskaStudios Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2018  Hobbyist Writer
Great work
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chateaugrief Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
thanks!
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MysticDuskaStudios Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2018  Hobbyist Writer
No problem
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Lilmizflashythang Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2018  Professional Traditional Artist
Very nice. Great job.
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chateaugrief Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
thanks!
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Lilmizflashythang Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2018  Professional Traditional Artist
You're welcome.
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TimMcJimFromPL Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2018
Lovely. :-)
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chateaugrief Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!
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TimMcJimFromPL Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2018
Your very welcome.
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VicMartinezJr Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2018  Hobbyist Artist
Looks like something from a dream...

I also appreciate how you put in the history. I love history and this is just another piece of which I have yet to learn. And I thank you for that, my friend...
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chateaugrief Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!  Glad you enjoyed it!
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VicMartinezJr Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2018  Hobbyist Artist
I always enjoy a bit of history. Haha. No problem...
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erosdragon Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2018   Digital Artist
gorgeous! truly beautiful!
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chateaugrief Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
thank you!
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erosdragon Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2018   Digital Artist
my pleasure!
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Bcfoster20 Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2018  Student Photographer
Amazing of the world
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chateaugrief Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
thank you!
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Bcfoster20 Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2018  Student Photographer
Welcome
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QuirkyBrainiac Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
You keep giving me more places I want to travel to XD
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chateaugrief Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
I know I could use a trip to the seaside myself :)
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QuirkyBrainiac Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Woo, roadtrip!
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DBrentOGara Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
"and he died of dysentery, though not on the Oregon Trail."

   ...this is the single most important thing I have ever learned about Louis IX, and that part about you being his sister's 28th-great-grandchild is also pretty awesome!
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