#coachlearninginsport: a single daub of red paint

I noticed this alert earlier today

I have been thinking about how the myfastestmile group (Al, Andrew and Mark) are adding red to our conversations about #coachlearninginsport.

Back in 1832, at the Royal Academy exhibition, Joseph Mallord William Turner:

entered the room, painted a small red buoy in the middle of his canvas – which had only taken him a few months to compose – and left without saying a word.

The canvas next to it was John Constable’s Opening of Waterloo Bridge. A picture that had been fifteen years in the making.

David Solkin said this single daub of red paint showed “that real artistry lies in restraint and understanding, not excessive effort.” The daub was the size of a shilling.

One account of this event notes:

A small application of red paint can change not only a single painting, but an artist’s entire vision of what colour represents.

This is the picture that changed the discussion of art:

Helvoetsluys; - the City of Utrecht, 64, Going to Sea exhibited 1832 Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775-1851 Tokyo Fuji Art Museum http://www.tate.org.uk/art/work/TW0948
Helvoetsluys; – the City of Utrecht, 64, Going to Sea Tokyo Fuji Art Museum http://www.tate.org.uk/art/work/TW0948

The event is included in the 2014 film Mr. Turner:

I do hope my friends at myfastestmile have a delightful Wednesday with their colour palette as they discuss learning and development in Marlow.

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