I recently read Factotum by Charles Bukowski and liked it so much I read Ham on Rye. It’s some of the most powerful writing I’ve ever read. Not sure how I haven’t discovered Bukowski until now. I haven’t even started on his poetry yet. Born August 16, 1920 (all the best people are born on August 16) his writing was influenced by the ambience of his adopted home city of Los Angeles. He examines the ordinary lives of poor Americans, alcohol, relationships, and the drudgery of work. I love the vivid seediness and occasional, raw beauty of it. Bukowski died in 1994. This sketch I did of him is ink on paper.
I used acrylics on canvas for this painting inspired by black and white photographs I took at Llanbedrog, Wales recently. I’ve already posted a couple of the photographs so here’s some more along with the painting. Although I’d visited nearby Abersoch before, this was the first time I’d been to Llanbedrog and I hope not the last.