Shop Forum More Submit  Join Login
Sonora Pass by chateaugrief Sonora Pass by chateaugrief
Let's see if the description works this week.

Sonora Pass was first discovered and crossed in 1827 by Jedediah Strong Smith, beaver-trapping mountain man of renown.  He was once attacked, mauled, and scalped by a grizzly bear, who ripped his ear/hair/face off, but when he was found, Smith convinced the guy who found him to sew it back on, and it just sorta healed.  He wore his hair long on one side after that to hide the scar.   So lopsided haircut, check.  Trés chic.  With this fabulous do, he sets off to go to California. 

“Surely of all lives the hunters is the most precarious, we endure all the extremes of heat and cold hunger and thirst our lives and property are always at hazard. when we lay down our guards must be placed our Rifles by our sides and our Pistols under our heads ready to spring up at once from our wakeful sleep.” he writes of the journey.

But it had it’s humorous moments too, as he’s in the Sierras he saw  “An indian was carelessly walking at a short distance. he heard the sound of my horses feet. turning his head he saw me. he sprang ran a few steps. his bow and arrows flew from his hands he staggered and fell on his face. I went to him turned him over he was apparently lifeless but presently recovered so far as to open his eyes. I put a piece of Tobacco in his hand and left him without being able to make him stand or even sit up.” Have a cigar.

As they ascended further and further into the mountains, it got harder and harder, his horses kept drowning as he was crossing streams, and he’d lose traps, and horses, and men. He had to butcher and eat some horses, there was nothing to hunt in the area.

He says “The summits could hardly ever be seen as they rose far into the region of perpetual snow and were generally enveloped in clouds. But when the clouds for a while passed away and brought the Peaks to view rising from their dark base covered with snow and gleaming in the sun they possessed an unsurpassed grandeur and Sublimity.” 

Once the horse carrying all their ammunition was swept away by the current and drowned: “This was indeed a terrible blow for if our ammunition was lost with it went our means of subsistence and we were at once deprived of what enabled us to travel among hostile bands feared and respected. But my thoughts I kept to myself knowing that a few words from me would discourage my men. I immediately set 2 men on the bank of the river to watch knowing this fact without knowing the reason that a horse unless kept down by a heavy load will rise to the surface in from 10 to 30 minutes. By the time the party had crossed over the men on the bank told me they thought they could see one of the horses feet the load keeping the animal from floating off. One of the men who was a good swimmer went in and fastening a cord the whole was pulled out together. Besides Lead there was 25 or 30 lbs of powder in the pack but as it was in a good leather sack but a part of it was damaged.”  Good to know.  Just in case it happens to you.

He continued like this from near-death-adventure unto near-death-adventure until he died at the ripe old age of 33, at the hands of the Comanche.  Read it all here: www.mtmen.org/mtman/html/jsmit…


Or you can read Xander's comic instead, it’s marginally shorter.  

Heart Heart Heart 
Paypal donations <3<3
Free way to help out: TopWebComicsVoteForChateauGrief  You don't even need an account, click the link, click vote.

Add a Comment:
 
:iconthreeeninjas:
ThreeeNinjas Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You are my favorite visual artist. I even added you to my Deviant ID.
Reply
:iconwytherwing:
wytherwing Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2017
gorgeous work!
Reply
:iconwisdom-thumbs:
Wisdom-Thumbs Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Fine art AND a history lesson!
Reply
:iconchateaugrief:
chateaugrief Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks for the nice comment!

Visit my Patreon page to see my tutorials and early comic releases!

www.patreon.com/chateaugrief
Reply
:iconaquelion:
Aquelion Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2017  Student Digital Artist
Great! :)
Reply
:iconnellara:
Nellara Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful!
Reply
:iconjackie2k:
Jackie2k Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
very nice work!
Reply
:iconxhellobeautifulx:
xHelloBeautifulx Featured By Owner May 29, 2017
Holy, exquisitely wondrous! This Majestic Sonora Pass Scenery is stunning and The River looks incredible! The designs, mountains ledges, cliffs, mist, snow, sky, clouds, sunshine, gleam, glow, shadows, woods, water, reflection, pine trees, brush, roots, trunks, plant life, boulders, haze, flow, movement, effects, realisticness, perspective, atmosphere, hues, textures, composition, concept, uniqueness, lighting, colors, style, and other details are also sensational! Amazingly beautiful work! :iconfantasticplz:
Reply
:iconcazmarcel:
cazmarcel Featured By Owner May 28, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Your landscapes are the most beautiful things I've ever seen.
Reply
:iconsoloact-the-bard:
soloact-the-bard Featured By Owner May 24, 2017
Super! :trophy:
Reply
:iconchateaugrief:
chateaugrief Featured By Owner May 24, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
thanks!
Reply
:iconnaruttebayo67:
Naruttebayo67 Featured By Owner May 21, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
wow you backgroung look epic o_o
Reply
:iconzed-eye:
ZED-EYE Featured By Owner May 20, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
The teal and orange makes it quite striking. :D
Reply
:iconximethecosmic:
XimeTheCosmic Featured By Owner May 20, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Actually I live in Sonora :'0

Also I really love all your landscapes!! they're amazing.
Reply
:iconamethyst-phoenixx:
Amethyst-Phoenixx Featured By Owner May 20, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Looks sooooo beautiful!!:love: :love: :love: 
Reply
:iconaroj:
Aroj Featured By Owner May 19, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
This is just, wow.
Amazing and awesome.
Love it~
Reply
:iconmgt372:
MGT372 Featured By Owner May 18, 2017  Student Traditional Artist
WoW!!! amazing work!Clap Clap 
Reply
:iconaenafarooq:
aenafarooq Featured By Owner May 18, 2017  Hobbyist Writer
:) very nice
Reply
:iconvelvet-softpaws:
Velvet-Softpaws Featured By Owner May 17, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The mountain looks so real!
Reply
:iconfrankyvixen:
FrankyVixen Featured By Owner May 17, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow.. this is a fabulous beauty!
Reply
:iconeosergio:
EoSergio Featured By Owner May 16, 2017  Professional Interface Designer
Your landscapes are great!
Reply
:iconchateaugrief:
chateaugrief Featured By Owner May 24, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
thanks!
Reply
:iconkarltrooper:
karltrooper Featured By Owner May 16, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
I love this!
Reply
:iconchateaugrief:
chateaugrief Featured By Owner May 16, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
thank you!
Reply
:iconhimawaricutebear:
HimawariCuteBear Featured By Owner May 16, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow is very pretty :) 
Reply
:iconchateaugrief:
chateaugrief Featured By Owner May 16, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
thank you!
Reply
:icongmatty:
Gmatty Featured By Owner May 15, 2017
Fantastic painting and the description works perfectly!La la la la Clap Clap Clap 
Reply
:iconchateaugrief:
chateaugrief Featured By Owner May 16, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
thank you!  glad you liked it!
Reply
:iconcrystal-dreamer:
Crystal-Dreamer Featured By Owner May 12, 2017  Student Digital Artist
I love this painting so much! The story is gruesome, especially for such a pretty location. I love the lighting and colors. <3
Reply
:iconchateaugrief:
chateaugrief Featured By Owner May 15, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!  It was certainly difficult terrain to travel over!  I'm amazed at the perseverance and toughness of the mountain men.  
Reply
:iconmariannaftpl:
mariannaftpl Featured By Owner May 12, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
wow this looks amazing !!really nice art! Which program did you use to make this ?
Reply
:iconchateaugrief:
chateaugrief Featured By Owner May 15, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
I use a combo of pencil and paper, photoshop, sketchbook, and blender to work in usually.  This one is all 2d. 
Reply
:iconelizabeth--t:
Elizabeth--T Featured By Owner May 11, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
That looks amazing! The mountain looks great too, and I love the little shine with the water!
Reply
:iconchateaugrief:
chateaugrief Featured By Owner May 15, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!
Reply
:iconelizabeth--t:
Elizabeth--T Featured By Owner May 19, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Your welcome!
Reply
:icondemonicdivine:
DemonicDivine Featured By Owner May 10, 2017
WHOA this is especially some good stuff!
Reply
:iconchateaugrief:
chateaugrief Featured By Owner May 15, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
thank you!
Reply
:iconluna-lotus:
Luna-Lotus Featured By Owner May 9, 2017  Hobbyist Artist
Wow! As always very beautiful and amazing! Clap:wow: 
Reply
:iconchateaugrief:
chateaugrief Featured By Owner May 15, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
thank you!  
Reply
:iconkosartworks:
KosArtworks Featured By Owner May 9, 2017   Digital Artist
Stupendous
Reply
:iconchateaugrief:
chateaugrief Featured By Owner May 15, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
thank you!
Reply
:iconlady-68:
Lady-68 Featured By Owner May 9, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Amazing work!  Clap 
Reply
:iconchateaugrief:
chateaugrief Featured By Owner May 15, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
thank you!
Reply
:iconlady-68:
Lady-68 Featured By Owner May 18, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
My pleasure! 
Reply
:iconfinsterdrache:
Finsterdrache Featured By Owner May 8, 2017
Wow, I realy like this. Special how you made the trees, and the mountains in the background. 
Reply
:iconchateaugrief:
chateaugrief Featured By Owner May 15, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!  Glad you like it!
Reply
:iconfrollo7797:
Frollo7797 Featured By Owner May 8, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Stunningly beautiful.
Reply
:iconchateaugrief:
chateaugrief Featured By Owner May 8, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
thanks!
Reply
:icondavichiz:
davichiz Featured By Owner May 7, 2017  Student General Artist
dayum, so beautiful.
Reply
:iconchateaugrief:
chateaugrief Featured By Owner May 8, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
thanks!
Reply
Add a Comment:
 
×




Details

Submitted on
May 3, 2017
Image Size
1.5 MB
Resolution
4000×2250
Link
Thumb

Stats

Views
8,937 (1 today)
Favourites
3,267 (who?)
Comments
225
×