I wake up every morning at 7:30 and read the paper and drink chocolate milk, then take my daughter to school. I run errands during the day, and tend to get to work at nighttime, going steadily till three in the morning on different things. I put my paintbrush down, and pick up my guitar ten feet away and try out my new flanger pedal for an hour, then I paint for an hour, and then I make something out of chopsticks and flexi-straws, and then I might write a short story. I donâ€™t find that hard to do, itâ€™s just the way I do it. I notice inspiration when it comes by. I donâ€™t sit down at my desk and try to write; rather, I work at something else and then Iâ€™ll get an idea for a story and make a note. Thatâ€™s how I jump from medium to medium. If you keep pushing paint when youâ€™re tired of it, you lose sensitivity. I can only focus on painting for a few hours, so Iâ€™ll stop and work on something quite different. Making art, I try to just gently persist, instead of having freak-outs where Iâ€™m like, Oh, my god, Iâ€™ll never draw again. You are going to draw again, so you might as well relax.
Other quotes from Gary Panter.