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Sports painting. Los Angeles Kings defenseman Drew Doughty The sports image by John Robertson is painted on brown paper approximately 4 feet by 7 ½ feet, acrylic. It is the first time I have painted large-scale on paper and was an experiment to see how the paint acts on it’s surface. I liked the watery consistency of the paint which adds to the nature of a hockey player. It gives the image a feeling of more action. My object in painting is not to paint illustratively. It is about expressing the idea of hockey and the individual player without representing the person exactly. Photographs do that quite nicely.