I do not know if anyone else feels like me, but I feel I am partially responsible for the Devils recent slide. For the last few weeks I have been working on a project that I think has brought bad luck to the organization, but I am not sure why. Let me walk you through my thought process:
On February 28th I was fortunate enough to go to the Devils vs Lightning game and sit down low (pictures posted here).
While editing these pictures I thought about a previous game I was offered the same opportunity. I went back in to the archives to find those pictures because I wanted to see if my photography talents had progressed at all. In reviewing my pictures from January 5th, 2010 (it was a Devils vs Stars game) I found a nice shot of Patrik Elias waiting at the face off circle.
After tweaking this photo a little I thought what I came up with might make a nice painting. So, I set out on the project…
(click each pic for the full size image)
1) Original photo:
2) Edited photo:
3) 50″ X 40″ canvas with lines drawn:
4) First coat:
5) Adding in some black:
6) Adding in some accent colors:
7) Some skin for Patrik. It’s taking shape:
8 ) Just about ready to hang.. just a few more touch-ups:
9) And finally, hanging on the wall:
I thought my wife was going to shoot me for putting it in our family room, but when she first saw it she said “I hate that I like the way it looks there,” so it has a home.
Now on to why I think I am a jinx. Over the course of this project, the team is 4-9-6. They have earned 14 of a possible 38 points and they have slipped out of a playoff spot.
Not only that, there is more and more chatter that Elias isn’t happy that Lou won’t negotiate with him during the season and there is a strong feeling he will leave this summer when he is an unrestricted free agent.
So I turn to you – how can I reverse the curse? What can I do to help lift the negative vibe I have bestowed on the team?
And and all suggestions are welcome. Leave them in the comments section below.