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Regency Christmas Card by suburbanbeatnik Regency Christmas Card by suburbanbeatnik
This is my Christmas card for this year. I decided to go with a Regency theme; it's inspired both by Jane Austen and Georgette Heyer (I was thinking of the hero in Heyer's "Charity Girl" specifically for the guy) . The cards are on sale in my Cafepress store, individually and in packs of 10 and 20. [link]

Painted with liquitex acrylics on Holbein mixed media paper, with a little bit of colored pencil.
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! I was trying for a more watercolory effect with the acrylics in this one. What I love about acrylics is how flexible they are- you can make them look like oil paints, watercolors or anything really. Yay plastic!

Georgette Heyer is fabu. Did you get the Tanith Lee story I linked to? :)
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cabepfir Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Not yet, I must admit. I'm quite in a busy moment and I immediately lose tracks of comments, suggestions, etc :)
But I looked at the Heyer shelf today in a bookshop! I couldn't decide among the titles, so I didn't but anything yet. But now I've copied the titles you suggested in one of the comments, so next time I'll see if I can find anything :)
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Well, I actually had to take down the file, because my server was getting full. But let me know when you'd like to read it, and I'll email it to you. :)
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Himmapaan Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Oh, and your painting is beautiful, of course!
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! I know how much you love the period, so I'm very glad that you like. :)
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Himmapaan Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
I've yet to read Georgette Heyer. I'm hesitant simply on prejudicial grounds. :blush: :giggle: Not that I expect Heyer to be bad, of course... I'm not prejudiced against Heyer, merely for Austen. :D
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Oh, you can't really compare the two, Heyer definitely has her own vibe! There's more than a dash of Noel Coward in her work, and there's all the Cecil Beaton-esque costumey period goodness. You should give her work a try- I loved "The Corinthian" and "Fredericka."
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savivi Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
That is ADORABLE. And very Georgette Heyer, even without a quizzing glass, lavendar gloves, or an arch nemesis wearing puce. A quizzing glass would be too much New Yorker in this instance, I think.

:D It makes me wish she wrote a Christmas novel!
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Hahhaa, you sure know your Heyer! I kept thinking how my hero's hair would be described as "gold as guineas." (I think I saw that stock description used a million times by Marion Chesney). Although he does rather look like he's been dipping into his port a bit too much... surely he is foxed! And she is French, and scandalous, and surely of dubious morals. I think she has been even seen once or twice near the vicinity of a certain gaming hell...
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savivi Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
Oh man, I think I only have about 15 Heyer books left to read, of the historical kind anyway, and those are the more obscure ones.

Foxed isn't so bad! One of my favorites, The Corinthian -- man, he was ADORABLE when he was drunk. You can't say that about everyone, that's for sure.

And of course those French aren't to be trusted. Those violent tempers, and constantly getting into scrapes...

Haha, gold as guineas. Not as bad as blue as the ocean, though!
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
I must reread "The Corinthian"! It's been ages since I've read it. What are some of your favorites? My roommate recommends "Friday's Child" and "These Old Shades."

Because I modelled the lady in red's gown after Pauline Bonaparte, I keep thinking of her as Pauline, and that she must be French. I think the buck's name must be Charles Twelvetrees. Perhaps Pauline has some unsavory connection to the Bonapartists? It is hard to trust French people, after all...
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savivi Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
Twelvetrees? That's most awesome, as is Pauline. I know my run ins with the French led to nothing but disaster, but I'm always open to possibilities.

Friday's Child is maybe my absolute favorite -- Devil's Cub is fabulous, too (sequel to These Old Shades), The Masqueraders, The Convenient Marriage, Frederica (though the part about pork jelly turned me off a little, and when he called her a "wet goose"! Haha, but I recovered.)... and there's a lot more, but those are at the top of the list. I like her more than not, I find. Even her duds.
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
I was imagining Pauline could possibly be a spy- maybe a double or triple agent- with a murky background (with a gambling scoundrel of a father with an obscure Croatian background). Mr Twelvetrees, who is no innocent himself, is quite taken with her, but is not entirely blinded to her devious nature. I'm quite addicted to intrigue in stories, can't you tell? :P

Of course, this would be another fun subject for you, but I hate to ask for anything along those lines when I've barely touched your Masqueraders piece. :blushes:

Have you ever tried to read Jane Feather? She actually uses a lot of plots like the one I decribed above, and she's interested in unusual historical settings, but I think I can safely say that after trying to read five of her books that I can't stand her writing. She seems to be one of those writers unable to create believable or sympathetic protagonists. Blurgh!
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savivi Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
Hah! You're intriguing me now, since you haven't asked. ;) Let's bring the subject up again after the holidays and AAM and whatnot. I always enjoy doing art for people.

And the story background is hysterical. Obscure Croatian background? WIN.

I've never read Jane Feather, but I know the sympathy issues you're talking about. Especially when it comes to shady ladies. There has to be some amount of vulnerability there, an adorable quirk.

I have to say I haven't read a lot of books written in the 20th or 21st century in a long long time. I'll have to get back into that.
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Well, AAM #5 is FINALLY done and up and available for purchase/and or download! When I have some energy I need to post my art and write journal entries about it. Things are kind of crazy here at my friend's house in AL, so any significant journalling might have to wait until I am in NYC (aka Fun City). I'm looking forward to it though!

Glad you like my on-the-fly descriptions of Charles and Pauline. Did you know that Dubrovnik was a major power in the 1700s? It was called Ragusa back then, and flirted with both Napoleon and the allies, so to speak, until it finally took sides at the very end of the conflict. Those crazy Croatians!

The problem with Jane Feather is that even her innocent characters are just... naff. I find her writing to be clunky and soulless. Veryan is much better. :)
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TheDauphine Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2008
I love the clothing, they look lovely ^^
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks! :D
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TheDauphine Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2008
You're welcome! :D
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novemberstar88 Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2008
Beautiful as always!
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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enginemonkey Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2008
She's almost saying "Well go on then, what you waiting for?"

Very Ingres :D I love her dress. Lovely idea for a Christmas card.




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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
The dress is actually based on a dress worn by Pauline Bonaparte: [link] It's more Empire than Regency, strictly speaking, but I liked it. And maybe she's a French emigre... oh la la, how scandalous!

How cool you could tell the Ingres influence! I looked at a lot of his drawings to get all the nitpicky costume details (like the weirdly notched lapels). So glad you like! :)
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