I’ve been reading about Agnes Martin’s studio practice recently. In her later life, she live in a studio apartment, and worked a little bit down the road in space opposite a diner. Apparently she had one of the waiters in the diner keep cheap red wine behind the counter for her, and fill up her ‘coffee’ mug with it during lunch before going to the studio.
And someone has just written a book about her life:
During Glimcher’s visits to Martin’s studios over the years, he took copious notes on her lifestyle (she would subsist on a diet of bananas and coffee during bouts of productivity) as well as her observations about art making. “If Picasso crosses your mind while you’re painting, it’s all over,” she once remarked.