Sunday, 28 September 2014

Guest Post: Carolyn Yonge

Carolyn Yonge guest blog for Ginger Soup for the Actor's Soul on Raw Canvas Vancouver

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!

Carolyn Yonge's art work from Raw Canvas, for Ginger Soup for the Actor's Soul 
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! 

Ginger Soup for the Actor's Soul recommends Raw Canvas Vancouver by Carolyn Yonge

 Check out to learn more about where I went to create my work of art and try your hand at a new experience too!


Carolyn Yonge is an up-and-coming indie starlet. Her latest role in Brendan Prost's "Getting There" is an official selection at four different festivals, including New York Unscripted Film and Theatre Festival, San Jose International Short Film Festival and Calgary International Film Festival. She will be teaming up with Prost again for a feature project in the works now. In the meantime you can catch her on various locally shot films and webseries, including The Takeover