Tag Archives: Alma Mahler

Addiction to a Dream

Alcohol, cocaine, sex, soaps, lottery, all are an addictive dream.SP1 t

Debt

All money is debt Madoma1

Stardust 2 Stardust

From stardust to stardust each of of us makes an evolutionary step. [shopify product=http://brambleart.myshopify.com/products/madonna-and-child]girl 3

Cornwall’s Crown

The Crown Inn, Lanlivery, Cornwall PL£) 5BT - Great beer and rooms. 12th Century pub.

The Crown Inn, Lanlivery, Cornwall PL30 5BT – Great beer and rooms. 12th Century pub.

Travelling home to Devon from Cornwall we stopped off at a beautiful 12th Century pub.

Crown Inn detail III

Crown Inn detail III

I always find stepping on flagstones trod on by my ancestors an exhilarating experience.

Crown Inn Detail II

Crown Inn Detail II

How to remember. Just paint. So I did.

Crown Inn Detail I

Crown Inn Detail I

Red Love

Running at a brick wall.red love thumb Frightening. Exciting. No way to stop. Keep pushing and knowing it is the end. How do we end? All of us will drive a different path but all of us end up the same.

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To find out what my critics say about my work visit:

http://auspat.blogspot.com/2015/01/the-trees-are-blue.html

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Karen II

Karen II

Do what you do and listen to no-one. Add wet paint to paint and figure it out yourself. Sorry I can not be a help. We all do what we have to do. Pain or love the result is the result.facep2 thumbChar1.21

Self Portrait by Simon Bramble

Kokoshka – Mad March Hare

On the 1st of March 1886 the great Austrian expressionist painter Oskar Kokoshka was born. Probably most famous for his picture ‘The Tempest’, that self-portrait expressing so much about his unrequited love for Alma Mahler, widow of the great composer Gustav Mahler. Alma had set Kokoshka the challenge to paint a masterpiece and only if he succeeded would she marry him. However, the very process of painting the ‘The Tempest’ seems to have contributed to their separation.

'The Tempest'

‘The Tempest’

Kokoshka could not bear the loss of Alma so he had a lifesize doll made of his former lover. This doll he dressed and painted, took to the opera and out for dinner. Ultimately the Alma-doll was not able to satisy Kokoshka and during a party, specially organised for the event, he destroyed it.

Alma Mahler Doll

Alma Mahler Doll

I have tried to paint a number of expressionistic self-portraits and the one shown here is the latest. Painted at speed and Alla Prima to maximise the emotion and drive accident of expression rather than depict realism. Painted in a moment anger and sadness and completed within the hour.

Self Portrait by Simon Bramble

To find out what my critics say about my work visit:

http://auspat.blogspot.com/2015/01/the-trees-are-blue.html

 To find out more about Oskar Kokoshka visit:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oskar_Kokoschka

 and watch the documentary:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T8uPYHKJLh8