The best way to come into the studio in the morning is to find it already set up for work. If you take the time to do this before you leave the previous evening, then the next day you can just walk in, take off your jacket, open your coffee, and start to work. For an artist, this is like sitting down to dinner.
The aftermath of three cigar-tin stories. I don’t paint the covers with any idea in mind; I just find three reference pictures that are compelling in some way. That’s it. To proceed in any other fashion is to be self-conscious (once you start thinking too much about what you’re doing, you’re in trouble). It’s only afterwards that I try to match the image with a story –– which isn’t that difficult since I literally have hundreds of stories, writing something new every week for my Ban Righ writer’s group.