Friday, 22 July 2016

Watercolour - Pendulum

Lyric:- 'Feed the fire, break your vision, throw your fists up, come on with me' - Swire Thompson.

Song Choice:- What could be a better fit for today's blog than the amazing 'Watercolour' from my current, favourite band...Pendulum. Have a listen here to see what you've been missing.

There's something anthemic about their tracks which I love. And after a week of editing my book and reliving some of the things I've done with my life, I'm enjoying the journey all over again. It's been like meeting old friends or viewing some past masters that I've created or  painted.

That's where the 'Watercolour' part comes in and the whole theme for today's blog came from. It came about during a conversation with a client, where she said that she missed her painting and being creative as it helped exorcise her demons.

I know exactly where she's coming from and although I haven't painted myself since my art-school days, I feel like I've been creative in a different way. Continuing our conversation we chatted about the paintings we love and have seen. I love the National Gallery and all of it's famous paintings and if you've been there you'll have seen 'The Hay Wain' in all its glory. Constable spent months putting thousands of white highlights on it to get it just right and it's a simply stunning painting.

Jokingly, to my client, I said that there must be a painting by numbers version - and there is!

And that's where my key message is for today. Sure, I've done a lot of marathons and ultras painting by other people's following a predetermined path and of course, enjoying the ride. However, it's where I've started with a blank canvas and created the mega-day marathons that have taken me thousands of miles where I feel I've enjoyed myself the most.

'London to Lisbon' is the highlight of the book so far and something I'll always be really proud of. 

The good thing is you don't have to be a good artist to be creative. You just need to think outside of the box and set your own challenge - it's extremely satisfying and it's something I'll be looking to do again in the future, if and whenever I can as there are still 24 marathons to go...

So think on, you might be a lot more creative than you think and don't need someone else's numbers to follow to create your own true masterpiece.

Rory Coleman - 976 Marathons - 241 Ultras
13 Marathon des Sables - 9 Guinness World Records - 8234 Days' Alcohol Free.

The amazing 'Crowd Funding' total is now over £ far, so thank you, thank you, thank you.

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