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

THE WAKE
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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