Every lacrosse goalie GETS this one. If you’re one, like me, it speaks for itself.
You’re mistakes are the most obvious.
It’s not about adjusting the cage so that the goal line connects with the left and right pipes. It’s about taking those few seconds and deep breaths to yourself before ‘doing the work’ as they say. It’s the mental game – the calm before the storm. The hard-to-explain nervousness and excitement because, in reality, any goalie position is a very isolated feeling. And as a goalie, I’ve always believed that it’s the hardest position on the field, because you’re mistakes are the most obvious.
The idea for it came 2 years ago. The reference picture used to execute the drawing was taken last year, on the morning of Sunday, September 11, 2016. It was the 15th anniversary of the tragic attacks of 9-11. My early morning, local, pick-up lacrosse sessions had us pause in silence on 8:45am, which was the time of the first impact on the former World Trade Center. It was a moment of reflection and respect. We resumed play and then took a quick water break. During the break I asked one of my teammates to take a picture of me in goal, resting my left arm on the cross-bar, with my head down in front of the cage. A full year goes by with a finished product.
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The first version of this was done back in 2010.
Did you know my VERY FIRST piece done for The Art of Lax™, was of a goalie? :o) I did very hastily in pencil back in 2008, while watching TV. Looking back, it’s awfully done to be honest that it’s NOT offered for sale any more. I cringe when I look at it, but I smile, too. :o)