The Death of the Queen/The Wake

RoyAllen Hunt

Joined May 2008

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FEATURED IN: “Imaginative Skulls” group on 12/19/11
FEATURED IN: “Painters Universe” group on 1/14/12

Derwent colored pencils, Rembrandt pastels and conte crayon on 18×24 Daler Black Pad, Canford Raven paper.

The two pieces of this experience were conceived while listening to the song The Wake by Albert Forssell. When I first heard it, I wanted to have a go at singing it and to create drawings to accompany the music. Albert provided me with an MP3 track and gave me the go ahead for the project. I had images of Shakespeare’s “The Moor of Venice” in mind. So, I based my drawings on the play and French painter, Alexandre-Marie Colin’s (1798-1875) “Othello and Desdemona.”

Also, see, “The Madness of the King.” Click on the title below to hear the song.

“That death’s unnatural that kills for Loving" Desdemona

Albert Forssell © Dec 28, 2008
/Modified lyric RoyAllenHunt

a blatant lie / a running eye
itching of tears / Oh my dear

a glimpse I caught / of your hidden thoughts
present and near / that was my fear

covered in flames
buried in shame
a fatal mistake
join in the wake

in a spider’s web / a flower red
caught by the mold / that is my soul

An open chest / the heart at rest
shines just like gold / but it’s so cold, so cold

turned inside-out
a voiceless shout
dripping with pain
join in the wake

a dream in shards / she holds all the cards
the winning hand / and she sings
the queen is gone / she was the only one
who meant anything / without her I am no king

the silence is true
the blood’s running blue
fell the crown from my head
even the joker is dead.

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