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Boudica - The Celtic Queen

The Regal Twelve – by Alexia Sinclair

Over the last few days, while home sick, I spent a lot of time perusing the web… A LOT. This is apparent based on my recent daily blogs full of other people’s artwork. I’ve also been burning my way through The Tudors on Netflix… It’s amazing. (I had been meaning and wanting to watch the entire series for a while and this sudden illness provided the perfect opportunity and excuse to do nothing except watch Netflix for hours… days in fact.) The combination of constant web surfing and raunchy royals prompted me to search for some royal images. What I found is absolutely beautiful!

I came across the site of a beautiful and talented artist out of Australia, Alexia Sinclair. Alexia is a Fine-Art Photographer and Digital Artist and her portfolio is incredible. It includes two series: The Royal Dozen and The Regal Twelve. The Regal Twelve, especially, really combined so many of my favorite things, I was in google-heaven when I found her page! Fashion and Photos and History, oh my! So many of my favorite things all rolled up into one gorgeous series of images.

The Regal Twelve is a series of (you guessed it) 12 images of famous (and infamous) female European Monarchs. Each piece combines photography with the feeling of historical portraits and sprinkled throughout are bits of symbolism and imagery of the life and legend of each of these powerful women. The Royal Dozen is a series of (yet again) 12 images of great men in power. I’ve included a few of my favorites from this series in with the entire series of The Regal Twelve below.

Please visit Alexia Sinclair’s Site. There, you can order prints (I believe) of your favorite images! Her work is really incredible!! It’s also so interesting the read about how her works come to life. For instance, for this series, Alexia traveled Europe shooting the backgrounds and then shot the models in a studio where she also edited and added all the story-telling details for each image.

(All images posted below are © Alexia Sinclair 1999 – 2012. NONE of the following images/artwork are my own or that of anyone other than Alexia Sinclair.)

Boudica - The Celtic Queen

Queen Elizabeth I - The Virgin Queen

Marie Antoinette - The Extravagant Queen

From "The Royal Dozen" - King Louis XIV - The Sun King

Alexandra Romanov - The Last Czarina

Queen Isabella of Spain - The Catholic

Cleopatra - The Seductress

Elizabeth Bathory - The Countess of Blood

Olympias - The Sorceress

Eleanor Of Aquitaine - The Eagle

Christina of Sweden - The Androgynous Queen

Agrippina - The Poisoness

Catherine the Great - The Enlightened Empress

From "The Royal Dozen" - Vlad Draculea - Song of the Dragon

From "The Royal Dozen" - Marquis de Sade - The Sadist

All images posted above are © Alexia Sinclair 1999 – 2012

AlexiaSinclair.com

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Beware the Ides of March

“Cowards die many times before their deaths; 
The valiant never taste of death but once.
Of all the wonders that I yet have heard, 
it seems to me most strange that men should fear;
Seeing that death, a necessary end, 
will come when it will come”. – Julius Caesar, (Act II, Scene II)
“Is est melior creo quam disco! Partum est substantia of vita.”
- Julius Caesar -
(“It is better to create than to learn! Creating is the essence of life.”)
“Beware the Ides of March”

10 Reasons Why I Love :: Mad Men

I could go on and one about how incredible the acting is or how fantastic the writing is, but thats to be experienced.

Here are Ten Reasons why I love MAD MEN on AMC. Now these aren’t the ONLY reasons why I love Mad Men, just simply ten of the reasons why I do.

#10 :: NEW YORK It is here, where we lay our scene. Working on Madison Avenue and going home to “the country” on Long Island…

Lower Manhattan 1965

Growing up on Long Island, my favorite movies (9 times out of 10) were set in New York: Ghostbusters I & II, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles I & II (f*ck III), Etc. So even though I knew there was a whole big world, it was hard to even imagine a life not centering around New York… So even now, I am always partial toward shows and movies that are set there.

#9 :: CHAIN SMOKING. Nowadays we let things like babies, lung cancer, and pregnancy get in the way of enjoying a good smoke. and another. and another. -God, now I want a cigarette.

#8 :: PRODUCT PLACEMENT Ok. The show is about Ad Executives. It’s fun to see the old ads for the real products and to hear the characters predictions on each one’s success.

I love it!

#7 :: SALLY DRAPER She is the perfect example of the new generation on the brink of rebellion. She’s already smoked, gotten drunk and resents Betty.

In a few short years Sally will “Tune In, Turn On and Drop Out” in direct contradiction to the old-school gender rules that Betty has lived her life by, and I can’t wait!

#6 :: POP CULTURE AND HISTORICAL REFERENCES It gives the audience the perfect time-line as well as express and foreshadow all the changes in society. The Cuban Missle Crisis and The Assination of JFK served as the Season 2 and 3 finales and Betty, already fed-up with most of her life, reads “The Group” by Mary McCarthy.

#5 :: THE “GENTLEMEN” Although, not always so much. But they’re still foxy, so I love them.

#4 :: EVOLUTION Not only in the clothing, but also in commonly accepted social opinions. The changes with how Women, African Americans and Gays are viewed are particularly well expressed.

But it’s so fun watching all the changes in fashion!

Betty’s fashion choices changing.

#3 :: THE STYLE Mad Men in itself is a very stylized show. But the wardrobe is amazing! It’s perfect. I’ve always loved the fashions of the 1960′s (as well as: the 1920′s, 40′s, and 50′s.) and long before it was considered fashionable. (In fifth grade, a boy wouldn’t go out with me because I was “too much of a hippie.” And I could totally understand if that meant that I was an irregular bather covering myself in patchouli… thats too much of a hippie… but this was based simply on the fact that I enjoyed the fashions of that time… as well as inspirations from other eras… one time a girl made fun of me in front of everyone because I was wearing capris, keds, and a cardigan (I was happy I had skipped the neck scarf…)

Trudy Campbell and Jane Sterling, in my opinion, are two of the best dressed characters. I just love how cute and classy and clean everything is. I love the scarves, and gloves, and HATS

#2 :: JOAN HOLLOWAY I. Love. Joan! “C’est Magnifique” just as she played on the accordion. Played by Christina Hendricks, Joan can handle anything and has a solution to every problem. Basically, Joan holds shit down (except for when she’s being held down, which I’m still pissed about…)

Joan taking care of business.
“C’est Magnifique”

And as if it wasn’t already clear she’s H.B.I.C., this redheaded fox looks amazing in any color (this isn’t always easy for redheads, only some of us can.) I won’t rest until I have my very own adorable pen necklace!

#1 :: DON DRAPER PITCHES KODAK CAROUSEL I was bawling my eyes out. This is just one example of the amazing, Don Draper and one of my favorite moments of the series.