The meaning of mixed media is the use
of different materials to accomplish the end project.In
this case about the only thing I didn't put in was the
I used color pastels, pencil crayon, graphite pencils
and acrylic paint. I was inspired to go back to using
chalk pastels and pencil crayon after reading a book by
Bernard Poulin. Poulin an accomplished world artist and
author, has a book called " The Complete Colored
Pencil Book". This book illustrates the various
techniques and applications of using pencil crayon to
create your master piece.
Ranford won his first Stanley Cup in
1988 as the backup to Grant Fuhr. In 1990 and with
constant comparisons to the injured Fuhr, Ranford
emerged as a first-rate goaltender, leading the Oilers
to the Stanley Cup and winning the Conn Smythe Trophy
(playoff MVP) in the process. It was the last Cup that
the Edmonton Oilers dynasty would win. Ranford went on
to play the next six seasons in Edmonton before being
dealt back to the Boston Bruins on January 11, 1996.
While watching the Oilers I started to
study Bill Ranford. He was a lanky kinda of player. I
found myself recording the games and then stopping the
play to draw out a pose. It was pretty grainy images
coming from the Tv.
I found a few shots in magazine and decided to
pursuit this pose.
It was the spring of 1993, at
that time I was taking art courses at the Medicine Hat
College and I remember one of my art teachers there, who
himself a huge Oilers fan persuading me to try working
out a deal with Ranford to create
limited edition prints. Back then I didn't have a clue
about prints. Not to mention how to approach players to
ask for such a thing.
I did my homework and I found out what limited
edition were all about. I also found where Bill was
doing a hockey school which was in Sylvan Lake, AB.
Well, I went up there while the school was in the
last weekend and I began to ask people how I could get
my painting signed by Bill. People pointed to ask his
personal trainer who was his dad. I got the opportunity
to talk to his dad and when he seen the piece
he immediately went and got Bills mom who was somewhere
else in the arena.
I told him of my intentions and he told me to talk to
his agent John Huckle.Bill finally came over to have a
look at this piece. I remember Bill standing on the ice
looking through the glass at my painting.
Then opening the gate to come over to sign the piece. I
also had a letter to give to him stating my idea on
creating limited edition prints.
It took a few months but I finally got
a hold of John Huckle and we worked on different ideas.
It was a lengthy process because at that the only way
could communicate with John was sending him letters,
calling to talk to him. I remember going to meet with
John but only a couple of times. It was a 5 hour drive
from Brooks to Edmonton and I couldn't afford to just
drive up to Edmonton for a meeting to talk to John.
We finally agreed to creating prints.
I remember getting the phone cal from John stating to go
ahead and get the process going for the prints. We were
getting a sponsor to pay for the prints. That was so
exciting. It was a lot of work and this whole process
took a little better than 2 years.
I had everything ready to go — the
printer lined up, the marketing in place, the
sponsorship agreement, and the agreement for John and
Bill to sign. Then came the phone call from John on
January 10th to mention that Bill was being traded to
Boston the next day. So everything just crashed. I
remember throwing the painting on the floor in my
basement and having the glass break. It wasn't a good
day at all. Fortunatly there was no damage to the piece.
This was one of those times
where life threw me a few too many curve balls and I
just striked out.
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Image taken Nov 11, 1994 a few month
after Ranford signed it. Pretty young looking kid then