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In the Court of the Crimson King

By Tolkyes
Oil on canvas. 20"x30".

Inspired by the song/album of the same name by King Crimson.
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4415x2933px 4.77 MB
FinePix AX560
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1/158 second
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6 mm
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Date Taken
Oct 24, 2012, 12:35:27 PM
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Soranort's avatar
I am speechless.
Tolkyes's avatar
I'm glad you like it. This album I remember fondly from my youth. It still inspires me.
Soranort's avatar

Oh, I'm rather young and found KC recently so I can't say that I can feel nostalgic about it, but they do remind me of other prog-rock bands I used to listen to when I was a kid. There's still something very mystical about the genre to me, though I can't quite put my finger on it.

Your inspiration shows. Somehow you were able to capture every little detail of Court. Well done!

stevemacqwark's avatar
This is as wonderful and frightening as the song itself.
Tolkyes's avatar
Thank you! This song an album will always be one of my favorites. I tried to capture feelings of beauty yet fear in my painting.
Rehnby's avatar

Exelente obra, una expresión de muchas cualidades mezcladas.

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DerellLicht's avatar
Well, I have a confession to make... I was searching online for an image which represented all of the visions in "In The Court of the Crimson King".  I found this superb image in Google images, but with no provenance, so I copied it to my Flickr page, so I could link to it on facebook, which I did some time back.

Just today, I decided to do a further search to determine who the author was, and found you... but have to confess that I have stolen your copyrighted images.  I'm asking your advice/expectations on what I should do at this point; I would *like* to leave it on my facebook page, but will remove it if you request me to. 

I also am going to purchase the image, regardless, because it is such a magnificent representation of that magical song; I'm *still* trying to match a couple of details in it...  Once I *have* purchased the jpg version, will you permit me to leave it on fb and Flickr??

In any case, I apologize for not doing further research before copying the image... it's so easy to just search for things, that I sometimes get ahead of my moral sense.
Tolkyes's avatar
Hi. Thank you for your concern and honesty. I'm glad you like my painting.

Just type under or near the image:

"In the Court of the Crimson King" by James McCarthy.
Oil on canvas. 20"x30".
Inspired by the song/album by King Crimson.
DerellLicht's avatar
Thank you so much!!  I have added your reference on my posts, in both Flickr and facebook.

And I got an added bonus when I purchased your image... the original image that I found on, was 1920xSomething.  Even *that* was beautiful, but the massive image that you provide to purchasers is *spectacular* on my 2560x1600 screen!!  I thank you again for a magical work!!

And I can assure you that *this* image will not get uploaded anywhere...
Tolkyes's avatar
You're welcome and thank you for your appreciation of my work.
DerellLicht's avatar
Thank you!!  I will do so.
Tolkyes's avatar
Thank you very much!
This is extraordinary!!! I'm a huge fan of King Crimson having seen them in 72 in their last gig of that incarnation: Boz, Mel, Ian Wallace, Fripp.
Come join our small group if you like !! I'm trying to help sell this incredible work for you. :)
It's called King Crimson: The Early Years 69-74 on FB. We discuss related artists and the later band at times too. We'd be honored to have you, James!
Tolkyes's avatar
Hi. I just noticed your comment from earlier this month. I'm glad you like my work, thanks!
Later this Summer I plan on painting "Islands" inspired by King Crimson.
I've been to one King Crimson concert which was in 1996. I would have loved to have seen early King Crimson in concert.
I sold the original painting. I still sell prints except on Redbubble- they received a message there requesting it to be removed for copyright infringement due to the title, I guess.
I'll check out your facebook page.
Mister-Crool's avatar
I'll have what you're smoking, please. But seriously, this is incredible.
Tolkyes's avatar
Thank you! Peter Sinfield's lyrics helped.
TuGoN's avatar
Amazing taste in music and what is more important you posess extraordinary skill when it comes to painting. :D I love it!
Tolkyes's avatar
Thank you very much. The music inspired me to paint the landscape. The lyrics helped me to create much of the little details.
CapnDeek373's avatar
I never got to see King Crimson. I did get to see Adrian Belew with the Talking Heads at the Heatwave Festival at Mosport Park in Canada in 1980. Amazing amazing show!
Tolkyes's avatar
I saw King Crimson once around 1996. Excellent concert! Adrian Belew was the lead singer then. The California Guitar Trio opened for them- they were very good, too. They've worked with Fripp and others from King Crimson, as well.
Since then I've only been to 3 concerts- all Porcupine Tree- they've worked with Robert Fripp, too.
CapnDeek373's avatar
Outside of seeing local bands and friend at small venues,
the last two concerts I've been to were Social Distortion and The Damned. LOL!
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