A Day In The Park In Auguste – Two Clown Watercolor

Originally posted on GreatClownPortraits:

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Hello Fellow Clown Lovers,

Clowns – I love them!  I love to paint bright, colorful, happy images and clowns fit right in with that.

I have painted clowns for several years.  Until recently I focused on painting them in Acrylics on canvas, but I have renewed my love of Watercolor and I am currently working on a series of paintings that incorporates great clowns (most of whom I have made friends with on Facebook) and watercolor.  Since the watercolor series  is new and not well know I have the luxury of selling these paintings at a  pretty reasonable price.

I came across this cute image while looking thru some great photos that Beth Grimes and John Sayre AKA  “JP Ballyhoo”  had taken one afternoon while clowning around… I fell in love with the image.  This has 2 clowns and would not fit in my 9 X 12 painting size so…

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Final Art: The Joker 30×40

Originally posted on Mojo's Work:

Just realized I never posted the final image of The Joker (Cesar Romero). Sketching out a Batman piece to compliment this one.The JokerIn other news, I’ve been banging away at a massive project in the vi of that infamous WWF poster. BEWARE, Asbury Park Comic Con!

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Happy Clown

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Happy Clown, a gallery on Flickr.

Clown pinball games.

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Clownvis the King of Clowns: Is it Tribute?

Originally posted on Pompadour:

EL SEGUNDO, CA.  The Elvis subculture is a diverse population of fans, producers/managers, and entertainers.  These are people, individuals, whose varying degrees of admiration for Elvis Presley seek to take part in his legacy.  Mike Leahy is one of those individuals who has carved out his niche in the Elvis subculture as Clownvis the King of Clowns.

Rock & Brews

It is easy to make a quick judgment about Leahy’s alter ego.  Is it tribute?  Is it just an act?  Is it disrespectful?  I had my reservations about Clownvis the King of Clowns when I met him at the Is Elvis in El Segundo? contest at the Rock & Brews restaurant.  I asked him if he was an Elvis fan and he said, yes, then stated his upper left arm adorns a large Elvis tattoo I didn’t ask to see.  He would have had to strip down his jumpsuit.  So, I dug a little deeper and…

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Rare & Vintage: A Neon Sword Swallower’s Sideshow Banner

Originally posted on Amusing the Zillion:

Sword Swallower Banner attributed to Nieman Eisman. Slotin Folk Art Auction, April 21, 2012

A rare and unusual “Champion Sword Swallower” banner attributed to Nieman Eisman, a master of the Chicago style of banner painting from the 1920s through the mid-1950s, is up for auction this weekend at Slotin Folk Art. The circa 1930s-1940s banner conveys the danger of this sideshow act by depicting the performer downing multiple swords from his arsenal as well as a glowing neon tube. While sword swallowing is an ancient art, electricity is a potent symbol of the modern age. As soon as the neon tube was invented in 1936, neon-tube swallowing became a sideshow craze. When the stage is darkened, the eerie glow of the neon illuminates the performer’s neck and chest, making it convincingly clear that the sword swallower is not up to any tricks.

When ATZ saw Johnny Meah perform this dramatic feat at the Barnum Museum a dozen years ago we were stunned…

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The Many Faces of the Great Bill Gillespie

Originally posted on GreatClownPortraits:

Today I have the pleasure of introducing you to a great clown from the Jacksonville Florida area.  He has many different faces of which he has provided photos for us to see. So let’s get to know Mr. Bill  Gillespie – A.K.A. “Toe-Knee” the Italian Clown, “Dr. OH-NO”, “The Honorable Be-Real-Son”, “Box Car Billy” and “Flowers” the clown.

Box Car Billy

1. How long have you been a clown?



I have been a clown since 1991

2. Who inspired you to become a clown?

I was inspired by a clown by the name of “Rainbow the Clown”.  I was in the navy at the time, Cecil Field Fl., and Rainbow entertained at our Squadron Christmas party.  When I found out how much she was paid … and the rest is history.  Really, I was looking for a vocation because in 1994 I would be retiring from the Navy, and since…

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