Monday, December 5, 2011

Jersey retirement for Curtis Glencross on Dec 9th at The Brooks Centennial Regional Arena

On Dec 9th, 2011 the Brooks Bandits will raise and retire the number 17 to the rafters wore by Curtis Glencross. From being cut by a couple of junior-A teams in his midget year to finally in 2000 getting the chance to play for the Brooks Bandits Jumior A Team. Curtis Glencross knows what it takes to succeed in the NHL and if you think it was summer hockey camps?..Think again!...You can read about Curtis's success a little later. 
Besides the jersey retirement celebration there is also going to be the signing of Limited Edition Digital Art Photographs. 
These 11 x 14 prints are designed by yours truly using photos that were taken while I was a director with the Brooks Bandits. Curtis and myself will be signing these prints after the raising of the jersey to the rafters...
Limited Edition 11 x 14 Digital Art Photograph of Curtis Glencross


If you get a chance to go into Brooks on December 9th, come join the celebration, get a chance to meet a Brooks Bandits legend and an NHL super star.
Dec10th, 2011

A great night was had by all last night at the Curtis Glencross jersey retirement game in Brooks. It was good to see and talk to Curtis again. Besides a few more scars, he hasn't changed too much, still a skinny kid. Or.... I'm just getting fatter I guess!
 It was great to see and talk to all the people that I haven't seen in a while. I wish you all well..

 Curtis and I signed all 17 of the prints and now they are up for sell for anybody interested in one of these babies. At $250 you can add your name to a list for a copy of this print. Once they get framed we will contact you..
 I hate to throw in a cliché but "They are selling fast". These will make great Man Cave presents....
A BIG Thank you to all that have purchased a print  
 You can contact Paul Seaton at 501 1794..                                                                                                    Take care and Merry Christmas... Joe Versikaitis


and here is the story written by Calgary Sun writer Steve Macfarlane.
Curtis Glencross wasn’t always this fierce.

Growing up in Eastern Alberta, the atom-aged house-league hockey player was happy to hang out with his buddies on the ice all winter and switch to some other sport during the warmer months.
And when body contact was introduced in pee-wee, the wee lad wasn’t learning how to throw a crushing check the way he has proven very capable of on the forecheck for the Calgary Flames these days — he was learning to protect himself.
“I was small. I had to learn how to take a hit and be straight on my skates, and get out of the way of hits,” the Flames winger says with a grin. “By the time midget came, I had my growth spurt.
“I think after my second year bantam, I went up four skate sizes in one summer.”
Payback was on its way.
So was the payoff.
Glencross, arguably the most consistent member of the up-and-down Flames this season, looks in the rearview mirror of his hockey life and admits there were few times he would have imagined things working out the way they have.
But his history in the game and his outlook on life growing up offer a clear vision of how the 28-year-old born in Kindersley, Sask., and raised in Provost became the relentlessly determined NHLer he can proudly claim to be today.
“It’s rewarding to look back,” Glencross says during a relaxed moment in his locker-room stall during a recent road trip. “I’ve never played double-A in my life. I played in my small town. There were 2,000 people. I played at home with my same buddies all the time.
“When I was playing midget hockey and going through high school and playing ‘C’ hockey in my hometown, I thought, ‘Alright, I’m gonna end up working with my dad in the cattle business or something like that.’ I had no intention of a career in hockey.
“I got cut from a couple of junior-A teams in my midget year. After my second year midget, I got a chance to go try out at a junior-A team and made it out of evaluation camp.
“Then it clicked in — maybe I can play a little longer.”
From the Brooks Bandits of the AJHL, Glencross made another leap to the University of Alaska in Anchorage, realizing he could also get an education out of the game he’d always considered a hobby.
That turned into a pro deal with the Anaheim Mighty Ducks, and he worked his way through the American Hockey League ranks to the NHL, bouncing between the Ducks, Columbus Blue Jackets and Edmonton Oilers before joining the Flames as a free agent four years ago.
“It was weird. For six years, seven years, I had no chance. All of a sudden, I’ve got a shot at making the show. It was great,” Glencross says of his gradual and unexpected climb.
His seven goals leads the team and ranks him in the league’s top 30 almost a quarter of the way through the season — his first under a four-year deal he signed with the Flames this summer.
Many of his peers who have signed equally assuring contracts have fallen into ‘the comfort zone,’ in which efforts seem to subside and consistency becomes an issue.
Not Glencross. If anything, he’s hungrier.
“If you’re playing a sport, and you’re just in it to get a paycheque, you’re in it for the wrong reason,” he says with a shake of the head and a quiet tone. “You’re playing for your city, your organization and your teammates.”
Wanting to prove deserving of the US$10.2-million over four years, which includes a critical no-movement clause, Glencross hasn’t let anyone down following his career-best 24-goal, 43-point season last year.
“Seems like there are always contracts that are signed, and guys get a little secure and feel safe. I don’t look at it like that,” he shrugs. “I look at it like they signed me for a four year deal for the player I was last year, not the player I’m going to be three years from now.
“I don’t want to be known as one of those players that sign a deal and then their next good year is a contract year. I want to be consistent.
“If I’m consistent and put up the same kind of totals from year to year, then the next contract will be even better.”
You could make a sports-themed, Christmas-season made-for-TV special on Glencross’ roots in the game and rise in his profession.
There’s definitely a message in it for kids who eat, sleep and breathe the game 24 hours a day, seven days a week and 12 months a year.
“Guys that get forced into playing double-A and triple-A and that kind of stuff at a young age, parents are driving them all the time to play regular-season, play spring hockey, play summer hockey, go to all these camps. One of the things that drives me nuts the most is in the summer time when you see 12-year-old kids in the gym working out,” Glencross says with a shake of his head. “Go play baseball. Go golfing. Go play soccer.”
Play for the passion and enjoyment, not the potential of a paycheque that doesn’t come for the majority of them anyway.
“If you’re pushed since you’re 10 or 12 years old because your parents want you to make the NHL ... I never played summer hockey. I went to one hockey school because a guy from our hometown was coaching the Golden Bears in Edmonton. So I went for two years just because he was there. That was a week for two summers in pee-wee and bantam.
“I can’t stand putting my skates on in the summer at all. Lots of guys are skating in June, July. I don’t start skating until the second week of August. You skate so much during the season.
“I grew up with a different kind of mentality.”
It’s his appreciation for how far that mentality has taken him that keeps him going and striving for better even after reaching a level that could satisfy many of those dreaming of a life like his.
“You look at all the kids now in minor hockey. They feel like if they’re not playing double-A or triple-A, what’s the point?” he says. “The worst part is kids get so frustrated that they don’t get to that level, they think they don’t ever have a shot.
“Some people are later developers. There are lots other options besides playing at that level. You can play junior-A and get a college scholarship and get four years of college or university for free.
“There are a lot more players coming out of college right now than ever. You can’t give up if you want to play the game.”
It worked for him."
story written by Calgary Sun writer Steve Macfarlane




Joe Versikaitis - Artist / Photographer

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Friday, October 14, 2011

Versikaitis - The Art of Sport art and photography!

Versikaitis - The Art of Sport is delighted to announce that as of today October 14, 2011 Mcimages will be replaced with www.pbase.com/versikaitis
You will be able to access both my art and photography site from www.versikaitis.com and now of course www.pbase.com/versikaitis


This will promote Versikaitis - The Art of Sport as an Art and Photography business!

I would sincerely like to thank you for your ongoing relationship with Versikaitis - The Art of Sport and the many referrals that you have provided over the years. 

It will be a pleasure to serve you from my new site with the same quality and service you have come to expect from Versikaitis - The Art of Sport

It has been an honor and privilege to work with you and I look forward to continuing our relationship for many years to come.


Regards

Joe Versikaitis - Artist / Sport Photographer
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View my painting of Jarome Iginla
View my painting of Henry Burris ....Creativity in progress!


             

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Memories of Tigers gone by...

Time and time again I've been asked if I had any layouts of Tigers from the years past. Layouts of Chris Osgood or Lanny just to name a few. Again this week I'm faced with the same question. Unfortunate This is one the reason I' m doing this project. For the opportunity to share some of the moments of these future NHLer's with the fans.
 Imagine having this kind of photo layout or keepsake of Trevor Linden, Joffrey Lupul, Jay Bouwmeester, Chris Osgood, and of course Lanny. Way too cool!


Every year out from the CHL there is up and coming future NHL stars. With Jay Bouwmeester, Joffrey Lupul, Ryan Hollweg, Matt Keetley and Chris St. Jacques,  I had the opportunity to create paintings of these past Tigers.
With the exception of Keetley, there was limited edition prints created which went for sale to the fans and general public in the Medicine Hat area.  These are memories that will last a long time.

Matt Keetley - The painting of Keetz  - 2009

A piece of Memorabilia give away at Tigers Game

is a project to create an interest amongst fans for the action photographs taken of players during this seasons Tigers games..
  By offering this 20 photos per game photography project fans can enjoy memories of Tigers players in the years to come. The low limited edition run of each player will give more value to the photo and the certificate of authenticity seals the project nicely. The other part that I really enjoy about this project is the fact that I get to walk and talk to the fans at the game. It brings a different aspect to the project which is the personal touch. Where I can first of all thank the fans for coming out and they in turn can get to know me and my work a little bit more...
.....Lets Chat!....

If you missed the previous Blogs you can check them out here... Tyler Bunz - BLOG  and now of Cole Grbavac - BLOG.  The next player is yet to be announced. If you missed out on the limited edition photos of these players, well...you'll have to try your luck for the next player photos at the next Tigers game.

If you get a chance to experience a Tigers game and you see me walking around with these photos layouts, stop me and say hi. Tell me that you have read my blogs and you'll get a limited edition photo layout. It's that simple.
If you like this idea please let the Tigers Facebook know about it or at Tigershockey.com
Thank you and see you at the games!  ...Joe...


" For the past few and again this WHL hockey season, I have been fortunate to photo-shoot future NHLer's.
To capture these talented players who put their heart and soul on the ice each and every game is an honor in itself.  As I venture through the Arena corridors I am faced with many great future memories of the players from both teams, team personal and the fans in the stands.  It is for this reason that I wish to capture these frames in time and a moment in peoples lives at the games.
....To render a pose for ever.... "
Joe Versikaitis - Artist / Photographer

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Monday, October 10, 2011

A piece of Memorabilia give away at Tigers Game - Oct 15, 2011

Between the Medicine Hat Tigers and Calgary Hitmen.




Courtesy of Alberta Sports Artist and Photographer Joe Versikaitis, some lucky fan at the game will receive an 8 x 10 photo layout of Cole Grbavac. This is a 20 Photo Limited Edition print run.  
Throughout the hockey season there will be prints of other Tiger players made available. These are numbered photos and will have a certificate available with them.

If you're a lucky recipient of a print don't forget to get it signed by Cole to give the print that much more value.

" For the past few and again this WHL hockey season, I have been fortunate to photo-shoot future NHLer's.
To capture these talented players who put their heart and soul on the ice each and every game is an honor in itself.  As I venture through the Arena corridors I am faced with many great future memories of the players from both teams, team personal and the fans in the stands.  It is for this reason that I wish to capture these frames in time and a moment in peoples lives at the games.
....To render a pose for ever.... "
Joe Versikaitis - Artist / Photographer

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Sunday, October 9, 2011

Numbers on the Helmet...Changing Tradition to the way of European Style Marketing


Head Equipment Manager Tony Da Costa for the Minnesota Wild tweeted these images of these helmet, adding that it's "no joke" and that players will have numbers on the front and back of their lids beginning on opening night.
 Schuyler Beehman of the NHL with the specifics on the numbers:
Player numbers will be added to the front forehead (centered) location of all player helmets at the start of this season. Front numbers are not required to be placed on goaltenders headgear. Numbers on the front and back of helmets will measure no less than 1.25" and no more than 2" in height. The new number placement is designed to aid on-ice officials, broadcasters, et al. by providing an additional point of player identification

As my wife and I sat down to watch the opening game of another NHL season. I couldn't help but noticed the changes to the helmets.
" I said well what's next a chunk of hockey tape across the helmet with the players name? "
 The numbers are there to help out the on /off ice officials, broadcasters that are perched up high in the rafters, and who ever else needs help.... REALLY? They're only an 1 inch by 2 inches big for god sakes! How is that going to help?
 It seems to me that the NHL is really looking at another way to market this game. They are just easing us into what's to come in the future. This numbering system is opening the way to European style advertising. Where they plaster advertising all over the players sweater, helmet, pants, gloves, and gontch ( underwear ). I'm sure they put advertising on the teams toilet paper too!
I hope it doesn't come to that!. I understand that every league needs different and creative ways to generate revenue for their franchise. But leave the uniform alone.  Let the number on the front of the helmet the last thing...That's good enough!....and....Stop there please!
Tradition has it that the equipment manufactures have every right to advertise on their own equipment due to the fact that they make it..The teams put their logo, player name, the number on the back / sides and now on the front of the helmet because they own the player....
Since the mandatory rule to wear a helmet was introduced way back when, the logo and the number on the back have been a part of that tradition.
......A North American Tradition! Comprendes amigos?
So to the NHL marketing department and Mr. Bettman, keep searching for different ways to market this wonderful game. You are doing great! Believe me!  Advertise within all communication whether electronic or print media, in arena boards, bleacher seats, glass, ice surface, bathroom stalls, concourse rafters, on the cement floors, children toys, what ever it takes... Hell even have a remote control blimp flying around the inside to the rink ( during intermission of course ) and dropping off advertising material to the waiting fans in their seats. By the way a Medicine Hat Tigers tradition that has a little bit of a hiccup at the moment but hopefully be up and flying again...
But please, please, and PLEASE! Do us all hockey fans a huge favor,  by not ruining our North American Tradition and slapping European style advertising all over the players...We wont be able to see the players for the advertising...


" I hope you enjoyed the article and I look forward to reading your comments! "
Joe Versikaitis 

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Saturday, October 1, 2011

The Zebras with their Timely Expressions...

As a sport photographer going to a Tigers hockey game, I'm always looking for that unique action shot. The one shot that will make an impact on people or create some kind of conversation piece. Watching and basically studying these future NHLer's is a feast of its own. The hard work ethic and talent is displayed on the ice for the fans to enjoy, game in and game out.
Sometimes while trying to create a play which would allow a scoring chance. The player gets up ended by the opposition player. All a part of the sport.  For some players it's a sport of timely words but from a referee's point of view, it's different. This is what I call ..." Timely Expressions! "

Here is some pic's from recent and games gone by that display a bit of humor and 
..Timely Expressions..


The... " You really didn't understand that call ?!? "... expression


The... " Oh come on that wasn't a hard hit ! "... expression



The... " Is this going to take long ? "... expression


The... " Oh NO..Him again ! "... expression


The... " Oh Man! "... expression


The... " Why me Lord?! "... expression


The... " he's still talking ! "... expression


The... " If I turn and pretend to talk to someone else he'll go away...Right ? "... expression


The... " He's gone...Wow that worked! "... expression


My favorite is...
The... " Good lord what do they feed these kids ! "... expression

But I believe sometimes there are one expression that speaks for itself from a players point of view anyway...

The... " This isn't good ! "... expression


" I hope you enjoyed these pic's and I look forward to another season of 
timely expressions. "
Joe Versikaitis 
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A piece of Memorabilia give away at Tigers Game - Oct 1, 2011



Between the Medicine Hat Tigers and Edmonton oil Kings.


Courtesy of Alberta Sports Artist and Photographer Joe Versikaitis, some lucky fan at the game will receive an 8 x 10 photo layout of Tyler Bunz. This is a 20 Photo Limited Edition print run.  
Throughout the hockey season there will be prints of other Tiger players made available. These are numbered photos and will have a certificate available with them.

If you're a lucky recipient of a print don't forget to get it signed by Tyler to give the print that much more value.

" For the past few and again this WHL hockey season, I have been fortunate to photo-shoot future NHLer's.
To capture these talented players who put their heart and soul on the ice each and every game is an honor in itself.  As I venture through the Arena corridors I am faced with many great future memories of the players from both teams, team personal and the fans in the stands.  It is for this reason that I wish to capture these frames in time and a moment in peoples lives at the games.
....To render a pose for ever.... "
Joe Versikaitis - Artist / Photographer


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Monday, September 26, 2011

Creating a sports template you'll be proud of

After you have spent several hours taking the team and individual photos. Figure out what else you would like to use in the template layout. By this I mean what scene or photo would you like to see in the background. now that you are at the field with all the team equipment there it's a great time to work your inspiration and get creative.
If it's for soccer then you would use something from the soccer field. Like the NET, grass and ball, soccer shoes by the ball, etc
For baseball you can use the backstop, a wide angle shot of the whole field viewing it from the home plate, baseball and bats on the grass, etc
What ever your sport always remember to include something that is part of that sport as a background.

Processing the photos part, this is the fun stuff. Always make sure you have clear and crisp looking photos....Use the best photos that you have. If you didn't get a really good photo of that particular kid make arrangements for a re-shoot. Do not use photos that are a bit blur especially in the face area. Sometimes you can get away with it only if it's in the clothing but never in the face area. You want people to remember you for good quality shots, Period!
If you have to spend a little more time chasing down this person just to get another shot it will be worth it. You are showing that you are serious about what you do and also that it's ok to make mistakes as long as the mistakes are caught before you go to print. Finding a mistake after you get it back from your place of printing really sucks!

Ideas for Creating a wonderful template;
a) determine the layout of course. either 8 x 10, 11 x 14, 16 x 20 or what ever standard size. Standard size is what ever standard frames are available at your local stationers store.
b) figure out color scheme. Most likely go with the team colors.
Try to envision your final printed layout. Figure out where you would like the photos to be on the layout. 
How many photos can I actually place on the layout? 2, 4, or 17 plus a team picture?
Is this going to be an individual layout? Just one kid with a few action shots.
These are some of the question you need to ask before you get started.

The usual layouts for an 8 x 10 is the individual with a incorporated team photo. Once you have created your layout of how you want the page to look like then all you do is change out the individual photo. But don't forget to also change the name, number of the player...lol


This is a typical 8 x10 layout. I would stick the team photo in the bottom and only change the individual photo, name of player and his / her number.

With the 11 x 14  I have a little more room to work with then then 8 x 10. With my templates I usually go for a 4 or 5 photo layout. I have 1 big size photo, then a smaller one then that, and 3 yet smaller size.


This is  an 11 x 14 template. In this layout I have a big photo on the right. A smaller photo on the left. And in the middle I have 2 smaller yet photos. The unique part of this layout is I've created a signature layout of my work. I incorporate black and white photography into my layouts. This gives my work a distinguished look. One that separates my works from others.. 

With the 16 x 20, well the sky is the limit with this layout... These layouts is where I like create a border of individual action poses of the player. If at all possible in 2 different jersey colors. Also I will have a large photo of that player up in one of the corners. I will finish it off by putting the team photo right in the middle of the page.


This is a 16 x 20 template. It's always nice to have 2 different color jerseys. It harmonizes the composition. Remember if your going to be selling your photos with team logos make sure to ask fro permission before you print these out...


Of course the name and number of the player, team, the year and if you want the name of the team members. You can add the team logo up in one of the corners if you have room.


When I do these templates I always want to create something unique. Something that no one has seen or done before. A lot of times I will change the layout a little with each player to give it a unique look for each kid. I will then tell the parents or team manager this. I will mention to them that this gives each one a unique look. You have the same color scheme, fonts, background but changed it up a little. Don't be afraid..Create a one of a kind piece of art. I guess this part comes from being an artist...

I use photoshop as my fav tool to work with. I can create the whole aspect of the template in photoshop.
There is so many filters, brushes, and elements to photoshop that to use them all is basically impossible. So learn what you need to learn to get going and then if you wish, approach other elements later. After a while you'll find out that you only need a few parts of photoshop to create your work anyways.

I one thing I will stress , your work is only as good as your photos. If you have crappy photos then your work will reflect that. No matter how good the layout is, the first thing people look at is whether or not they can see their child clearly..
and oh yeah always create your own work. If you show work that someone else has created there is always going to be parents who have seen that layout. Murphy's Law...If you need to use someone else's work then be prepared to pay $30 to $50 per template layout. It's not the end of the world going this way either. It saves you time and money in the long run.
I hope this helps your creativity process a please let me know if I missed something...

Thank you and take care
Joe Versikaitis
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