In my all time favorite artist's yard, there is a large,plastic laundry sink, its bottom has been knocked out, except for a small piece at each corner, there is a huge chain attached to it, and the chain, in turn, is attached to a very large,very old boat anchor.
When i first saw this, after a few years of living away, i first resisted the urge to ask....this is a man who once bought a huge, stuffed goat's head, decided it was "an impala", and permanently hung it at the entrance to his studio, where, when the light was first turned on, scared the living crap out of many visitors and prospective clients.
He's 93 years old now, has drawn a daily sketch every single day of his life for as far as i can remember.He insists that even your passion needs to be exercised daily.
A few days ago, he finally stopped sketching, but ,just before that, he insisted on having his pad by his hospital bed.I've been coming in and reviewing the latest ones, they are nudes, and had some nurses giggling, of which he was very proud. I remarked that he must be feeling better, with energy for new work. He said that "an artists creations are always with him" , and it comforted him to have them near by.
...A sketch every day, usually at breakfast. Weather you're an artist or not, i think every passion is an art form. Life throws a lot at you sometimes, and it's easy to loose your passion.I agree it needs to be exercised and practiced.
Time finally seems to have caught up to him, but i find it strangely comforting that his images are near him.
Getting back to that sink. I finally asked.He said that's where he bathed his dog,Joker. I remarked there was no bottom,he responded that he had a hard time keeping the dog in it, but, without a bottom, the dog was afraid to fall and would stand still,one paw on each corner, thus making the bath easier.I then asked about the chain and anchor.he looked at me with great sympathy for my ignorancve and answered...."we get hurricanes here you know'...