The Josie Baggley Company

Monday 8 February 2010

Tragic Fool! Original Painting

'Tragic Fool' ,
Claude Arundale
'Sold Out in Love'
Original Painting with added ephemera
19.5'' x 19.5

Let me spin you a wicked yarn...

'Claude Arundale was a Tragic Fool..more tragic than anyone who ever had cause to be so. He was brutally 'sold out in love' & grieved & screamed like a tortured soul into the spirit of a thousand & one nights until he had ripped out his past from his being . And so, the Fool Claude Arundale became a twisted clown with an icy visage who loved only to endure & to give horror & pain . He attracted his victims with his sorrowful appearance & jester attire & when they realised all was a jest & wore shock in their eyes.(that was the part he enjoyed the most)..his shrill of a laugh cut the night hush into a nightmare.Oh how he loved to trick & torture & live to love to hate.'

Original Painting with then added 1921 music manuscript & very old lace to the neckline & metal-fabric to the headpiece. Claude's face is handpainted & then varnished to a gloss finish to achieve an 'ice' look by picking up & reflecting shadow & light I've painted his hat & harlequin background in a faded murky finish.
This painting is the subject of my first post with Dark Arts Guild of which I am a proud member.


LuLu Kellogg said...

Ohhhhhhhh Rainey, I love this! I am a memeber of the Dark Artists Guild also so I will look for you on there.


Lisa said...

brilliant Rainey! I adore the way you integrate the vintage style text into your paintings.. gives them such a unique appeal.

thehauntedstudiounderthestairs said...

O' Rainey...

o'loverly, o'wonderbullie, o'art.

o'I o'speak o'the o'MacIrushie o'languagie...o'Gaylick.

By the way...this would be great art to hang in my five and three year old nephews wall.

most beastlie yers,

Christopher A. Klingler said...

Deliciously crEEpy clown Rainey! LOVE IT! '-)


CK (-:

Caterina Giglio said...

very creepy!

the fallen angel social club said...

simply wow ... wonderful image and word

best wishes ....


Jo Archer said...

Oh we've all been there! Original and brilliant, yet again my friend.

Do you think this was the woman who spurned him?

Rainey J. Dillon said...

Thanks all! I really appreciate your words. What would I DO without you all? I think you are all brilliant!
Jo,Indeed who WOULDN'T she drive to outrageous behaviour & deviant passions eh? ..isn't that your gorgeous collage work Sideshow Sal?-I love that re-work..the larger one on your etsy.

julietk said...

Great stuff :-) I like the story behind the painting.

Anonymous said...

ooh rainey! this is just brilliant! i do so love him!! and i adore your story -- how fantastic!

i've just sent you way too long of an email. let's chat today. :)


Flora said...

I stopped by to say if you wanted to be in the drawing for my doll bust giveaway, the post was below about3-4 post down?
Had to tell you how Absolutely wonderful your art is!!!

Retro Cafe' Art Gallery said...

Really cool piece Rainey! Creepy cool :). And that drawing of you is awesome!

Shannon said...

I love this...and I have a general dislike fer clowns. So creepy, they are. Sends lovely chills down me spine.

mermaiden said...

my oh my. how wonderfully disturberating. the intensity is powerful indeed.

Andrew Gerald Hales said...

I like that.