“I have had to learn to resist the Big Creative Rush, especially after a grand meal or closing time, when everything comes out so clear and sharp and you can do, of course, no wrong.
“I have to let most ideas stew for some considerable time, we’re talking months here, mostly, before I commit them to paper, or nowadays the computer, lest I look at a page in total bafflement as to what on earth I may have had in mind the night before. I think something similar happens to Gary Larson on occasion.
“Once the idea is fixed it’s like painting by numbers. I love having just finished a picture but doing it is a grind; a common enough malaise.”
There will be more work from Denis next Friday.