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Carmel Tide Pools by chateaugrief Carmel Tide Pools by chateaugrief

Today’s painting is from Carmel-by-the-sea, a place I keep coming back to for it’s picturesque sea-swept beaches and twisted Monterey pines overlooking the cliffs.  It’s a lonely place, despite the overcrowded little lots, because very few of the people who own the houses actually live there anymore.  There are many rentals, of course, lots of tourists who will cough up a month’s rent to visit (city has outlawed weekly rentals I think, also high heels, ask the former mayor, Clint Eastwood, make his day)  There’s always shivering children in wetsuits and dogs of course, thousands of dogs of all shapes and sizes, but mostly wet ones.  Aside from the surreal march of shoppers on the main streets, the whole place descends into a stately emptiness.  One of the local landmarks is Tor House and Hawk Tower a stone tower built by the famous poet Robinson Jeffers 1887-1962 (here’s his pic, he doesn’t look like anyone you know).  Jeffers spent many years walking down to the beach, and carrying stone up to build a forty-foot tower alone and by hand because he wanted to learn stonemasonry and give his sons a cool hideout to play in.  I don’t think he ever stopped stonework again between the house and the tower and the rest of the estate, something was always under construction.  Here’s a segment of his poem ‘an artist’ 

Those children of my hands are tortured, because they feel,'
he said, 'the storm of the outer magnificence.
They are giants in agony. They have seen from my eyes
The man-destroying beauty of the dawns over their notch
yonder, and all the obliterating stars.
But in their eyes they have peace. I have lived a little and I
think
Peace marrying pain alone can breed that excellence in the
luckless race, might make it decent
To exist at all on the star-lit stone breast.

I hope,' he said, 'that
when I grow old and the chisel drops,
I may crawl out on a ledge of the rock and die like a wolf.'

Speaks to me somehow, there is an obstinate, solitary, cosmic battle in art somewhere.  Or at least there’s obstinate, solitary, cosmically superpowered battlers.  (or should that have read ‘comically’)  I dunno, Xander would probably sentence Jeffers to a life of enforced ease and comfort simply because the dude couldn’t make two words rhyme to save his life.  

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MontyMouse Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Love those reflections in the water, your use of light is superb, as are your detailed descriptions, thank you.
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SunnyFunnyJenny Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Cool
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edinaB Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2018
nice one :clap:
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Bersimon Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2018  Hobbyist Photographer
Loved the stars in the daylight skies and the tonality you've used for the sunlight! <3
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songbirdsea Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2018  Hobbyist
I love that you include facts and other interesting trivia in the description, it's very interesting and of course the art in itself is very gorgeous! 
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Elandria Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2018  Professional General Artist
This is quite stunning!
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kijoink Featured By Owner Edited Jan 28, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Is it alright if I use this as a banner for an article on the Animal Jam Clans Wiki? I will not receive any proceeds from using this whatsoever and you will be credited at the bottom of the page. Thanks! 
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Sol89 Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2018   Artisan Crafter
Wow
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definetlyaweirdo Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2018  Hobbyist Filmographer
really nice artwork, i wish, i could draw landscapes that good
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Bunma Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm always so inspired by your artwork. :heart:
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DanFastPhotography Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2018  Hobbyist Photographer
Wow, that looks really awesome!
Great Work!
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Marbella13 Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2018  Professional Traditional Artist
Seems like heaven 😇 it's paradise
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tarlanx Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
So gorgeous
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soloact-the-bard Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2018
:trophy: :w00t:
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A-Hippocampus Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2017
Beautiful watery scene.
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Sophia-Eowyn Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Amazing!
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dragondoodle Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Gorgeous! :love:
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CrimsonSunset218 Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2017
*laughs*  And Xander would know it would torment Jeffers to no end to be idle.  A man who is willing to hand build a tower brick by brick is NOT going to be happy to sit around idle.
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chateaugrief Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
my object all sublime, I shall achieve in time, to get the punishment fit the crime, the punishment fit the crime! (chorus tap dances)
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CrimsonSunset218 Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2018
Oh my god.... 

That's awesome!   And evil... Very evil.  XD
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Aenea-Jones Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
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Oxjade Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2017
I'm speechless. Great work! 
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chateaugrief Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
thanks!
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silviazandoli Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wonderful!!
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chateaugrief Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
thanks!
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Gogomechy Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2017  Hobbyist Writer
One of the places I know!  I've been out here a couple times, I used to live in Monterey many years ago.  It sounds different than when I was there, though, but isn't that the way of things?  You leave for a few years, and then you can never return to where you left.  Lovely picture, though!  I feel nostalgic now.  Thanks.  :) (Smile) 
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chateaugrief Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Isn't that true!  Monterey is such a charming place!  but difficult to get around in, goodness, you go down the wrong road and whoops there's the army, turning you back.  I suspect only the locals know the most picturesque streets!  
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Gogomechy Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2017  Hobbyist Writer
Probably!  I lived there about two years, on two different occasions, but that's not enough to really know a place, is it?  
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Gnoll-El Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2017
So other worldly.
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chateaugrief Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
thanks!
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BadClone Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
hypnotizing and wonderful!!!
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chateaugrief Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
thanks!
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Hassan-Draws Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Lovely. 
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chateaugrief Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
thanks!
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Fractalico Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Nice work ! :la:
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chateaugrief Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
thanks!
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AmberArt212 Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Superb !
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chateaugrief Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
thanks!
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Shohndon Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2017  Student Digital Artist
The clouds are real...good. Real good. For a second my eyes were convinced they were a photo. 
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chateaugrief Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
thank you!  that's why I use references, it's all in getting the sizes right as they compress towards the horizon. once that's done the light's a piece of cake  :)
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arrog Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2017
Lovely.
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chateaugrief Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
thanks!
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Twitterlu Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2017
Good heavens this is stunning. <3
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chateaugrief Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
thank you!
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Kaeley Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
Absolutely stunning! I first thought it was a photograph, it's so beautiful and serene! Excellent work!
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chateaugrief Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
thank you!  glad you like it!
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charmedangel61 Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2017  Hobbyist Artist
beautiful
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chateaugrief Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
thanks!
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charmedangel61 Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2017  Hobbyist Artist
yvw
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Alex-Manning Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
There seems to be an advert in the way of the favourite button :( but I love this! It looks amazing and makes me want to come to California!
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