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I have finally broken down and done a painting of my old backyard for a very good friend.  (There you go chicken.)  This is the Grand Canyon, located in several desolate southwestern states that are not California, and the water is that weird color because it’s full of calcium carbonate and brain-eating amoebas.  It’s an ornery, brutal place that took a special kind of man to tame.  Take a look at said guy’s portrait in the National Gallery and note the missing arm.  en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Joh…  And if you think his portrait painter did him wrong, take look at a photo: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Joh…. 

John Wesley Powell, who we will call “Wes” like everyone else did, led the 1869 Geographic Expedition that mapped the Grand Canyon.  He lost his arm during the Civil War to a minie ball, the kind that make your bones spiral fracture, and after having the thing hacked off with no anesthetic by field surgeons, he returned to the army sans arm fought for several more years and eventually ended up as a Union lieutenant colonel, which rank he didn’t like, so he insisted on being called ‘major’.  Given the look on his face, I don’t think anyone objected.   

His Grand Canyon expedition was merely one in a spree of expeditions, mountaineering, and discovery —  something about ‘better than you are and with one arm tied behind my back’ — he took 10 men, of whom 4 deserted before the expedition was over, and he returned to Washington DC with maps, photos, and a plan for the development of the southwest.  Either the government appointed him director of the USGS or he held them at bayonet point until they handed over the keys to the Smithsonian, no one knows for sure.  He spent his dotage writing books about his exploits, left-handed.  

One V. Xander is dutifully ashamed as everyone should be.  Go forth and discover!  Arrrgh where’s me grog!

PATREON

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:iconrottinghalo:
rottinghalo Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2017
You never cease to amaze me.  Kudos!
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josegoncalo Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Nice!
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CrimsonSunset218 Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2017
*gape*  You really do just keep getting better and better with each landscape you draw...
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JubileePhoenix Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2017  Student Traditional Artist
Wish I had a Grand Canyon on my backyard.
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scorpionlover42 Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2017
That's beautiful scenery and you've presented it so well. And it's a good lesson to learn: Just because the water looks nice doesn't mean you should drink it. Clap 

Oh, I have several of those minie balls: one is a half-mushroom shape. The guy who sold it go me said he couldn't guarantee that it had hit a human being, but it does give you a good idea of what happened when one of those bullets hit somebody. It would have been devastating. 
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G-abi-K Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Fantastic :)
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chateaugrief Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!
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G-abi-K Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
My pleasure :)
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Gogomechy Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2017  Hobbyist Writer
Lovely job on the reflection here.
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chateaugrief Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!
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Sophia-Eowyn Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Wonderful work!
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:iconchateaugrief:
chateaugrief Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!
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KOMA-Tsunagi Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2017   Digital Artist
awesome!
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:iconchateaugrief:
chateaugrief Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!
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KOMA-Tsunagi Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2017   Digital Artist
YVW! :D
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CaptainMockingjay Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
I've been to the Grand Canyon before on vacation. Nice details on the rocks :)
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:iconchateaugrief:
chateaugrief Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!
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Okami-Rayne Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2017  Professional Writer
Awesome piece! :wow:
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:iconchateaugrief:
chateaugrief Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!
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mouseanderson Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Desolate?
Invite you visit Flagstaff sometime.
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chateaugrief Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Flagstaff = worst climate in Arizona, if not the world.  I realize I am alone in this opinion because everybody says it's beautiful, but I have come to it via decades of first hand experience.  NAU grad here.  I've never been happier since I left!  hell on earth.  CA here I come! I think this song sums up my feelings  
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mouseanderson Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Try Buffalo NY, that's bad
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chateaugrief Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
I'll take your word for it!  The stories I hear from people in Great Lakes area are also unimaginable.  They say things like 'I know it's cold, but I really miss those -10F days'  haha!  
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mouseanderson Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
heard some amazing stories, course coldest place I've ever been was in West Virginia. When we got up at hotel, it was a toasty 37*f, in the room, -48*f outside. Needless to say we decided not to go skiing that morning.
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chateaugrief Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Frozen - Elsa Crying Icon wow.  that's cold! (scratches west virginia off of places-to-visit-list)
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Ivladislaw Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Great work! 
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chateaugrief Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!
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Scalenbee Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful work !! :D
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chateaugrief Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!
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Ankelwar Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2017
Awesome! :love:
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chateaugrief Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!
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DBrentOGara Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Truly grand! Beautiful work, love that blue water and the red and blue rocks... lovely lighting and details :) I've never been here, despite traveling all around it several times in the past two decades. Maybe I should go?
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chateaugrief Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!  Traveling around it sounds quite interesting!  There's a whole lot of wasteland out there.  Uranium mines.  Very strange holes in the ground.  Mysterious wasting diseases that strike people who stay out too long.  Not to mention whatever the vortex is. I've never been too far off the beaten path out there.  No sandals and don't get bit by a gila monster, that's my motto!
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DBrentOGara Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I've been on the St. George to Las Vegas road plenty, and been to Northern Arizona and Southern Utah... but that's just a bunch of desert, mostly. It's not until you get to the Canyon that things get Grand. :nod: True that there is some real weirdness out there... maybe even some Jackalopes!
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chateaugrief Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
I've only ever seen female jackalopes.  You can tell they're female because they don't have the horns.  Only the males have horns. 
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DBrentOGara Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is true!
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Jeon-Zarias Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2017  Hobbyist Artist
Oh my god
You even thought of reflecting water!!
You are simply amazing
The pic looks absolutely stunning :D
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chateaugrief Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!  Glad you like it!
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Jeon-Zarias Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2017  Hobbyist Artist
^^
Of course I do!!
Who wouldn't?!
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chickenofthesea4me Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2017
This. Is. Beautiful.!!!!!! Thank youPink Heart Icon  Llama Emoji-02 (Blush) [V1] 
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chateaugrief Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
You're welcome!
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SenpaiMarshmallow Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Just . . . wow.
Also, brain-eating amoebae? Nice!
(And I hope you find your grog.)
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chateaugrief Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
yeah brain eating amoebas are a real thing. don't go swimming in the wild. people die. need more grog.
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SenpaiMarshmallow Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
I will bear that in mind.
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Muwaten82 Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2017  Hobbyist Artist
Very beautiful ....!....
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chateaugrief Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
thanks!
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quasihedron Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Beautiful and breathtaking! :clap:
Well done! :D
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chateaugrief Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
thanks!
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quasihedron Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist

You are most welcome! :clap::D

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bubblegun98 Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow. Stunning
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