I finished the last painting for the show in my hotel room at 5pm and got it to the gallery to frame and hang by 6.15pm, just fifteen minutes before the opening party was scheduled to begin.A fire-eater entertained guests as they arrived and waiters in my PORNO t-shirts moved among them with trays of hors d'oeuvres. The gallery space filled very quickly and for the next three hours, it was never less than a capacity crowd. Unusually, everyone looked as if they were enjoying themselves and the good mood of the room became infectious. Also unusually, everyone took time to look at the work. I chatted with collectors, posed for photographs and signed PORNO t-shirts. "Just so you know, you're really admired by the local lesbian community," one young woman told me.Julianne Schultz, the editor of the Griffith REVIEW, gave a speech from a low stage set up at one end of the gallery then I got up to thank everyone who'd had a hand in organising the exhibition. Half an hour later, singer Deborah Conway took to the stage with her partner, Willy Zygier, and did a memorable set. Afterwards, I presented her with a small, framed watercolour I painted in Thailand a year ago. I finally slipped away around 9.45pm with my father, whom I hadn't seen for three years, and a few friends to dine at a nearby French restaurant. There were still scores of people milling around inside the gallery. Maybe next time I'll host an all-night party.