This is a 18" x 24" acrylic on canvas
painting of Matt Keetley
of the Medicine Hat Tigers - W.H.L..
Copyright by Joe Versikaitis
With this painting I was contemplating whether
I should add the fog that was experienced in game 7 of the
W.H.L. playoff final against the Vancouver
Giants. Due to the fact that I might wreck my work I decided
against the idea. I would of washed over all that work.
Starting at the top with the crowd, they all
have Tigers jerseys on. Like any previous works of mine, some
folks are into the game and some are just happy to be there talking to the person next to them.
A few are waving
the white towels that is a tradition to all Tigers playoff
runs. On the boards I went with idea of dating this painting.
By that I mean putting in the W.H.L. Cup with the Tigers champ
sign and 2007 on it.
Then I blurred it out a bit to give
this work depth.
I also included the Memorial Cup Vancouver logo
on his jersey. Another way to date this painting.
This stance was taken a few months before the
playoffs begun. My friend Dave McGuire from
MC Images, out of Medicine Hat took this
shot. He and I have taken alot more shots this particular game,
and I look forward to develop more art work from these pictures
in the near future...
If your any kind of an artist, you know that most
of the time you will have to use photographs to do your work. I
myself I'm one of those artist who uses photographs as reference
for paintings or drawings. The one things I was always
taught in using photographs for my work, was that I should choose
good and clear photography.
Your work will always reflect the photos that you
The picture that Dave took of Matt is an example
of what a good and clear photography is.
Matt Keetley recorded a rare accomplishment of 40+ wins for the second
straight season and was named to the WHL All-star team for the second
straight season in which he also earned 1st Team honours. To add
to his accomplishments, Matt also earned Western Conference
Goaltender of the Year Award.
Matt's implacable work ethic is why in 2005, the Calgary Flames
drafted this elite goaltender.
Matt back stopped the Medicine Hat Tigers to their fifth W.H.L.
Playoff Championships and to their fourth Memorial Cup berth in
Only to lose to the home town Vancouver Giants in
the final game of the Memorial Cup championship.
" Thanks for the memories Matt.
What a ride.."
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