the first four days I took to working from sketches, little pencil
drawings in a notebook I carried, sitting at a different cafe
every morning, spending so many hours the waiters always forgot
what I had ordered (though they never made a fuss). I averaged
two paintings a day. By four usually I'd be home, and Paulette
would usually be there, and we'd open a bottle of wine and I'd
unveil my latest painting, and then we'd drink and eat and take
a nap with the shutters drawn to keep out the sun."