Diary of a painting – Adam Milford

January, 2016-17, oil on canvas, 140 x 110cm

Painting already started → Russell and Chapple stretcher – 140 x 110. Primed cotton duck.

Cobalt Blue / Cerulean Blue / Ivory Black / Raw Umber / Titanium White / Olive Green / Davy’s Grey / All Windsor & Newton

Davy’s Grey / Green Umber / Scheveningen Warm Grey / Scheveningen Warm Grey Light / Turquoise Blue Deep / All Old Holland

Variety of Sennelier and Michael Harding tubes

Jackson’s Refined Linseed and English Distilled Turpentine. Michael Harding PM1 medium Beeswax Paste. Frog Tape.

Brushes / knives / rags / 15 and 25cm spreading knives for plaster / Liquitex Large Knife #17

Two Haribo tubs I’ve had for nearly 20 years for mixing paint. No palette.

Small studio at home. Can see the sea, Corporation Wharf cement depot and Cattedown Wharf fuel terminal buildings. Also across Plymouth Sound to Cornwall.

Christmas / Abstract Expressionism at the RA and Rauschenberg at Tate Modern.

Built Ikea children’s bed and wardrobe.

Steve Reich – Music for 18 Musicians / Arvo Part – Frates & Spiegel im Spiegel/ Henryk Gorecki – Symphony No. 3 / Inner City – Good Life / Four Tet – There is Love in You / Fuck Buttons – Tarot Sport / Radiohead – A Moon Shaped Pool / Tortoise – TNT / Cable – Downlift the Uptrodden / Dorian Concept – Joined Ends / Floating Points – Elaenia / John Coltrane – A Love Supreme / Godspeed You! Black Emperor – Hallelujah! Don’t Bend! Ascend! / Godspeed You! Black Emperor – Yanqui U.X.O / Sonic Youth – Washing Machine / Aphex Twin – Richard D James /

Sun / Mist / Rain / Sun / Rain (Thursday & Friday)

Rachel’s – Music for Egon Schiele / John Coltrane – Ascension / Public Enemy – It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back / Can – Ege Bamyasi / Can – Tago Mago /

Peter Hook – How Not to Run a Nightclub / Turps Banana – New York edition / Peppa Pig Goes Skiing / Painters Table blogs/ All boos in storage since moving house

Hildur Gudnadottir – Without Sinking /

‘Post-truth’ / ‘Alternative facts’. Everything has changed this week. ‘Hard Brexit’. Donald Trump. What can we do? Fight? Protest while we still can?

Noticed drying times are different in this studio – some are drying more quickly (whites in particular), others more slowly. Must order more stretchers. Must tidy studio.

Jake Liebezeit died today.

Clumsy and precise. Balance and imbalance. Atonal. Tension. Repetition, removal/ reduction and interval. Space between elements. Edges. Emptiness. Traces/ pentimenti. Transparency and opacity. Informality. Depth. Flatness.

“Cold exactitude is not truth” – Delacroix, quoted by Matisse.

‘Storm Doris’ has just blown through. I think these names are both ridiculous and brilliant.

Adam Milford

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