" - This is a 24" x
48" Acrylic on Canvas painting of
Copyright by Joe Versikaitis
It started with a conversation with then marketing
manager Chris Jurewicz. The Stamps knew that Nik was
getting close his to his 9th, 1000 yard per season
plateau. Throughout the game I was snapping action shots
of Lewis out on the field. I got some nice action shots.
Of course his 1000 yard catch was no where near me when
it happened. Nik just got back to the sideline and was
being congratulated by everyone there. It was there that
I caught up with this pose. I loved the idea of actually
painting the players face without the cage over top of
it. Lewis, like so many other players flipped his helmet
over his face so that the helmet rested on his head. I
knew this was the pose I wanted to paint.
In this pose it was a beautiful sunny day and I
wanted to bring that out on his face and the big shining
spot on his helmet.
I wanted show the Stampeders home field McMahon
Stadium as part of this piece. I put in the red
fence, which in the bright sun is a little orange, on
top of the field barrier. You can see this towards the
bottom right hand side of the piece. With the crowd, I
show the faces but not detailed. I drew out every head
and position each side by side and made it look like the
heads are getting smaller as they go up to the top of
the painting...14 rows and 20 heads across- lots of eyes
and mouths. I then diluted the background with a
cream wash. This helps bring out Lewis.
I believe the best part of this painting was
experiencing the sideline action during the game. The
behind the scene stuff that I got to witness. To hear
what the players and coaches were saying to each other
made me appreciate the game a whole lot more.
I hope you enjoy this piece!