It started like any classic double date. A little small talk, quietly reviewing the menu, ordering drinks.
I had known for about a month that my friend had booked this group date at Raw Canvas. Before heading in, and feeling a bit apprehensive, I had someone at work break it down for me a bit more: acrylic paints and a choice of canvas size...and adult beverages. Simple enough.
I was definitely thinking to myself, "what am I going to paint?" As a perfectionist, this is difficult!
My mom gave me water colours as a birthday present and I had some basic skills from school in this area, so I came with a bit of back knowledge. Still, I was feeling the pressure and it didn’t stop me from researching this while at work.
I had two ideas for what to paint; an ocean scene with some starfish, or a grain elevator in sunset. Both options I kept very simple, because well ….there’s always just throwing paint at the canvas, and I was determined to dig a bit deeper than that without getting too far ahead of myself!
At the last second I went with the latter.
Here it is - my completed painting!
It was so nice to just be creative with no rules and no preconceived notions on how I should be doing it.
It was eye-opening to see the parallels of this craft with my usual one, acting. It finally all clicked (well, at least some things did) - what all my mentors and the professionals I had met throughout my journey thus far were talking about: you have to continue to learn, but still throw it all away in the end to truly create.
I highly recommend venturing into another creative pass time away from acting. It’s fun, cathartic and helps concrete concepts for you. I found painting was a great escape for me, and let me relax while staying in touch with my artistic side!
Check out http://www.rawcanvas.com/about/ to learn more about where I went to create my work of art and try your hand at a new experience too!