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The Many Faces of the Great Bill Gillespie (Repost)


2013-03-03 20.50.10

I am reposting this interview with The Great Bill Gillespie which I posted back in July 2013.  I have since had the pleasure of painting his image as “Be-Real-Son” as Watercolor Clown #15 in my series and will post a follow up post to this blog post with the progression of his painting.

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?

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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 I could do magic and balloons already and there was a bigger call for clowns than there was for magicians, here I am today!

3. Where did you receive training?

I first received training from books, on how to put makeup on and do balloons, in 1991 I went to Gator Clown School here in Jacksonville, FL.  I also went to Advanced Studies put on by “Buttons” McBride , and Advanced Studies on the Road.  I also attended conventions that taught me a lot and other clown schools.  The main school that launched my money making was “Comedy College” in Norfolk VA – it was more about marketing and it taught me an enormous amount.

4.  What people do you give credit to in helping you advance your art in clowning? 

I was helped by “Bubba” the Clown of Orange Park FL, “Freckles” of Jacksonville, Mr. “G” (Jim Green) of Orange Park, FL, “Mama” clown of Ft. Lauderdale, “Blumbo” of Orlando FL, and “Buttons” as you already mentioned – these were my mentors.  There were many others that helped at the South East Clown Convention also that helped shape my characters, and to anyone I have forgot, forgive me, I Love You and keep on Bumping a Nose!

I owe the most to my wife Cindy, without our spouses we wouldn’t even be able to thrive in our art!  Perhaps not as a Mentor but as my biggest supporter!

5. Are you involved with any clown organizations?

I am mainly involved with the Gator Clowns of Jacksonville,(http://gatorclowns.com/) I am the President.

Also, I am involved with Wolfson Childrens hospital, we have a clown group there, I have been going there for 17 years.

I am also a member of World Clown Association(http://worldclown.com/) (https://www.facebook.com/worldclownassociation

Clowns of America International  (http://www.coai.org/) (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Clowns-of-America-International/130589102224)

6. How do you feel your clown has evolved over time? How did you settle on the particular style and design of your clown or the personality you try to project as a clown?

I have developed my many characters over time, through a “feeling.”  My birthday party clown “Toe-Knee” was developed as a big 9 year old kid, kid friendly and silly.  My Chinese character “Be-Real-Son” because I have always since a child loved oriental things… the art, the people, the food, everything.  Be-Real-Son being without a doubt the funniest, drove me to continue to develop it to the point of everyone loving the character.  My other characters I have, Dr. Oh-No was developed when I first started with Wolfson Childrens Hospital, as a hospital clown, looking somewhat like a doctor, with a lab coat and “SCRUBS” hair cover.  I settled on Toe-Knee as a birthday party clown because he is definitely loved by the kids, children don’t really think Be-Real-Son is as funny as do adults.  I settled on Be-Real-Son for clown competition and adults because he wins because he is so funny, and unique.   Also, with Be-Real-Son, once I am in face I become a different person, my inner Chinese takes over.

7. I have learned a little more about clowns and I know there are different types of clowns, What kind of clown are you and what do you feel is your clowns most interesting characteristic?

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1st – European Auguste – Just a fun loving jolly happy clown “Toe-Knee”

2nd – Character Clown – My Chinese character “Be-Real-Son.”  Most interesting is everything about him, his looks- Funny, his actions – Funny, just a funny funny goofy looking clown.

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8. Have you ever worked in a Circus and if so which ones?

Worked in a Circus – NO, worked at a circus Yes.  I was vacationing in Budapest.  They have the largest in door circus in Europe there.  I was with a friend who was also a clown and we got permission to entertain with balloons, (pre-show) .  It was an experience to entertain somewhere where we didn’t speak the language and they didn’t speak ours.  We met the main character of the circus, a clown from Italy who lived there during the season and then went home to Italy in the off season.  It was fun.

9. What kind of functions are you hired for example: conventions, parties…

100_0942Mainly birthday parties for children, that is the bread and butter in my area.  I do also get hired for conventions and other events. The highest paying event was an event I did for CXS railroad.  They wanted 15 clowns to do face painting and balloons.  The event was in Waycross GA, they were christening a new locomotive and there was a Congressman and other dignitaries there.  Alot of people were there.  All 15 clowns were there for 5 hours – they paid 12 thousand dollars for us to be there – a nice pay day!

10. Do you have bits that are standard in the clown world or do you create your own acts?  

308518_272880542731087_100000274304348_1078261_1050387961_n[1]My acts with Toe-Knee are a mix of different magic performed in a way that is unique to me.  Now, Be-Real-Son – everything he does is unique because he is unique.  I get ideas when I am in character that I don’t get when I’m not.  It is very weird, I become a complete different person as a Chinese Clown.

11. Do you use props?  Yes

11A. If so did you make them yourself?  

I don’t make them, I may change them to fit my character tho.

12. If you are in a parade do you ride anything? Bike, Unicycle, Clown car?

I ride a bike.  I sent you a photo of me on one of my bikes.  I also bring my daschund dog with me, the people love her.  Once they see my dog, they take photos of her, not me.  Again, Be-Real-Son does parades, everyone loves the silly Chinese Clown.

Riding the bike in the parade

Riding the bike in the parade

13. Is there video we can watch of you on the web acting as a clown for us to enjoy?  yes

Toe Knee the Clown making a reindeer out of balloon

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Mr. Bill  the magician video

Here are Bill Gillespies Web sites

www.birthdaypartiesjacksonvillefl.com

www.clownmagicianjax.com.

If you happen to be in the Jacksonville area and you need a great clown – call Bill Gillespie!

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I hope you have enjoyed this post about another wonderful clown.  Please follow his links and read more about him on his web page.

Until next time. Happy Clowning!

Thanks to Bill for all his help in creating this blog.

Patty Sue O’Hair – Vicknair Clown artist to the world

psovart@gmail.com

http://portfolio.psovartgallery.com/

Follow my art on Facebook

http://www.facebook.com/pages/PS-OV-ART-Patty-Sue-OHair-Vicknair-Artist/120774855204

Please like this blog and share among your clown friends.  All comments are welcome!

Watercolor Clown #15 – Bill Gillespie AKA “Be-Real-Son”


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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 on small affordable 9 x 12 watercolor paintings.  Since the watercolor series  is new and not well know I have the luxury of selling these paintings at a  pretty reasonable price.

My goal is to create 75 watercolor clowns.  I hope to sell thru Facebook or directly to the buyer and hopefully sell a few to the proud clown collectors out in  the world.

Each image will be on Canson 140 LB  Watercolor paper 9 X 12.  Each image will be mailed in a document mailer with a certificate of authenticity. Let me know if your interested or if you have a clown image for me to consider for the series.

Watercolor Clown #15 -

 Bill Gillespie AKA “Be-Real-Son”

Original SOLD

I have made a great friend in Bill  and it was a joy to work on this painting. Bill has also been kind enough to allow me the pleasure of interviewing him for this blog.   So look for the post to get to know more about this amazing clown!

I like to take pictures along the way as I paint so you can see the creation from start to finish.  Enjoy!  Leave me a note if you like the painting.

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Art Prints
Not for Commercial Use

Copyright 2014 Patty Sue O’Hair- Vicknair Artist PSOVART

Click below for the direct Zazzle link to Bill’s page to buy this painting on various products.

Click her to be taken to a great merchandise page featuring Bill’s image on Zazzle

Prints are available.

For those of you interested in any of the New clown watercolor painting prints. There are 2 ways to get prints.
1. I will post the image on several sites, with links found on my page associated with the clown image. Also there are links from my page directly to the pages where all my art can be found for prints. All you do is choose the one you want, the size, how you want it printed (canvas, paper, etc.) and pay for it they will ship it to you. Here are some sites I am on. 

http://patty-vicknair.artistwebsites.com/ (fine art prints, cards, phone cases) 

www.Zazzle.com/psovartclowns (posters, t-shirts, mugs, mouse pads, etc…) 

http://greatclownportraits.com/blog and you can order originals or prints from here.


2. You can buy direct from me. I will order a print from my printer and provide a signed Certificate of Authenticity along with signing the painting. Your cost will be determined by the size you want + shipping to your location.
9 X 12 = $45.00
11 x 14 = $60.00
16 X 20 = $116.00
Each clown I paint receives a share of the proceeds, so rest assured I am selling these images with their blessing. If interested either message me on Facebook or email me at psovart@gmail.com we can handle the transaction by Paypal

Until next time. Happy Clowning!

Patty Sue O’Hair – Vicknair Clown artist to the world

psovart@gmail.com

Across the top of this blog you will find pages dedicated to my art.  Please take a few minutes to look them over.  www.greatclownportraits.com

Follow my art on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/pages/PS-OV-ART-Patty-Sue-OHair-Vicknair-Artist/120774855204

Please like this blog and share among your clown friends.  All comments are welcome!
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Watercolor Clown #14 – Jonathan “Mitch” Freddes


2013-03-03 20.50.10

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 on small affordable 9 x 12 watercolor paintings.  Since the watercolor series  is new and not well know I have the luxury of selling these paintings at a  pretty reasonable price.

My goal is to create 75 watercolor clowns.  I hope to sell thru Facebook or directly to the buyer and hopefully sell a few to the proud clown collectors out in  the world.

Each image will be on Canson 140 LB  Watercolor paper 9 X 12.  Each image will be mailed in a document mailer with a certificate of authenticity. Let me know if your interested or if you have a clown image for me to consider for the series.

Watercolor Clown #14 – Jonathan “Mitch” Freddes

Original SOLD

I have made a great friend in Jonathan  and it has been a joy to work on this painting.  Jonathan has also been kind enough to allow me the pleasure of interviewing him for this blog.   So look for the post to get to know more about this amazing clown!

I like to take pictures along the way as I paint so you can see the creation from start to finish.  Enjoy!  Leave me a note if you like the painting.

Original Photo of Jonathan "Mitch" Freddes

Original Photo of Jonathan “Mitch” Freddes

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Art Prints
Not for Commercial Use

Copyright 2014 Patty Sue O’Hair- Vicknair Artist PSOVART

Click below for the direct Zazzle link to Jonathan’s page to buy this painting on various products.

Zazzle page with Jonathan Mitch Freddes Merchandise

Prints are available.

For those of you interested in any of the New clown watercolor painting prints. There are 2 ways to get prints.
1. I will post the image on several sites, with links found on my page associated with the clown image. Also there are links from my page directly to the pages where all my art can be found for prints. All you do is choose the one you want, the size, how you want it printed (canvas, paper, etc.) and pay for it they will ship it to you. Here are some sites I am on. 

http://patty-vicknair.artistwebsites.com/ (fine art prints, cards, phone cases) 

www.Zazzle.com/psovartclowns (posters, t-shirts, mugs, mouse pads, etc…) 

http://greatclownportraits.com/blog and you can order originals or prints from here.


2. You can buy direct from me. I will order a print from my printer and provide a signed Certificate of Authenticity along with signing the painting. Your cost will be determined by the size you want + shipping to your location.
9 X 12 = $45.00
11 x 14 = $60.00
16 X 20 = $116.00
Each clown I paint receives a share of the proceeds, so rest assured I am selling these images with their blessing. If interested either message me on Facebook or email me at psovart@gmail.com we can handle the transaction by Paypal

Until next time. Happy Clowning!

Patty Sue O’Hair – Vicknair Clown artist to the world

psovart@gmail.com

Across the top of this blog you will find pages dedicated to my art.  Please take a few minutes to look them over.  www.greatclownportraits.com

Follow my art on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/pages/PS-OV-ART-Patty-Sue-OHair-Vicknair-Artist/120774855204

Please like this blog and share among your clown friends.  All comments are welcome!
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WATERCOLOR PORTRAIT CONTEST WINNERS


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THE CONTEST IS OVER AND WE HAVE

3 WINNERS OF CUSTOM 9 X 12

WATERCOLOR PORTRAITS

OF THEIR CLOWN IMAGE

by Patty Sue O’Hair – Vicknair Artist

 

WE HAD A WONDERFUL CONTEST AND I LOVED ALL THE IMAGES… THANK YOU TO ALL 94 ENTRIES FOR TAKING THE TIME TO ENTER.

1st PLACE 

EUGENIO ADORNO ESPINELL

  AKA CHAGY

Chagy will win one amazing  9 X 12 watercolor clown portrait and THREE-9 X 12 prints on fine art paper for his friends

Link to Chagy’s Facebook page stop by and congratulate him!

 

2nd PLACE 

DANIEL FLORES

AKA PEDALITO 

Pedalito will win one amazing 9 X 12 watercolor clown portrait and TWO-9 X 12 prints on fine art paper for his friends.

Link to Daniel Flores Facebook page stop by and congratulate him!

 

3rd PLACE 

KERRY RINGNESS

 AKA OOPSIE DAISIE THE CLOWN 

Oopsie Daisie The Clown will win one amazing 9 X 12 watercolor clown portrait and One -9 X 12 print on fine art paper for her friend.

Link to Oopsie Daisie The Clowns Facebook page Stop by and congratulate her!

I will be contacting each of you to discuss the image and figure out the right layout for the 9 X 12 format.  Congratulations!  I am currently working on a big painting but as soon as I am finished I will be getting started.

Patty Sue O’Hair – Vicknair Artist

Follow me on Facebook to watch each clown being created. PS-OV-ART

Follow me on Facebook to watch each clown being created. PS-OV-ART

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PS: For those of you that entered but did not win.  I may still contact you in the future to see if you would like to be included in my Watercolor Clown Series.  There is no obligation to buy the painting or prints if chosen but at least I know you have an interest.  Email me if you would like me to look over your photos on facebook psovart@gmail.com

Where to buy my artwork?


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I have been asked by many to post some links  and info so it will be easy to find where to buy my artwork.

Everything I paint is for sale, unless otherwise stated.  Some paintings have sold so the original is no longer available.  However I own the copyright to all my work and I have everything professionally scanned so that prints can be made.

If you choose to go directly through me you can either call  me directly 479-601-5277 or email me psovart@gmail.com or connect through Facebook Facebook Fan Page  or through contacting me here on my blog or Google Plus  (search for Patty Vicknair Artist or follow the link to the side of this post).

Buying directly from me has its advantages. I include a Certificate of Authenticity with each original and with all giclee prints.  I sign each and every image personally and I take extra care to ship the original or print to you safe and sound.

Prints can be purchased in a variety of sizes and on a variety of surfaces from metal print, acrylic print, canvas print  and several options for fine art paper prints. Price varies depending on the particulars of what your wanting.

Clown paper prints direct from the Artist (me)

I will order a print from my printer and provide a signed Certificate of Authenticity along with signing the painting. Your cost will be determined by the size you want + shipping to your location.
9 X 12 = $45.00
11 x 14 = $60.00
16 X 20 = $116.00

Each clown I paint receives a share of the proceeds, so rest assured I am selling these images with their blessing

My Acrylic work on canvas original prices start at $1.30 and inch. My Watercolor  original work on paper varies according to the size and subject matter.

Follow me on Facebook to watch each clown being created. PS-OV-ART

Follow me on Facebook to watch each clown being created. PS-OV-ART

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I started a watercolor clown series, of which I am trying to launch and I am not well known for, because there is not an established market for. So I have the liberty to offer at a lower rate.
If you stay within these guidelines 9 x 12 size, watercolor, 1 clown in the portrait and allow me to sell prints of the image (of which you will receive 25% above my cost for each sale) and agree to be interviewed for my blog,www.greatclownportraits.com then you will get the amazing deal as listed below. There are a few exceptions but generally the pricing goes like this:
Paintings created at this time thru -#30 sell for $125.00 each + 6.00 shipping
Paintings 31- 40 sell for $150.00 each + 6.00 shipping
And so forth price raises $25.00 every 10 paintings until they reach the level they should be at.
So if you happen to be one of the lucky ones who secures a spot while the price is lower – congratulations.
Currently painting #18 with about 6 more lined up.
I spend on average 30 hours painting each one so if you do the math I am not making much per hour.

If you request a painting of a different size or quantity of people in it the price starts at a base price and we add $75.00 for each additional person. Since the painting will take longer. There will be a 50% non refundable deposit before I will even start the painting.
I will offer the same for the ability to sell prints and 25% on the profit.
Price example: 18 x 24 watercolor $300.00 with 4 clowns + 3x 75.00 = 525.00 with 1/2 down before we begin.

Links to buy my work online

I post on several sites depending on the site you will find canvas prints, paper prints, T-Shirts, hats,  greeting cards, puzzles, notepads, phone covers and pillows etc… you name it and it can probably be created for you and shipped directly from them to you and you have 30 days to decline the order if not up to your expectations.  So you can’t lose!

This is my Zazzle Store – You will find the most options here.  

http://www.zazzle.com/psovartclowns

All my artwork uploaded to Fine ART America for you to buy prints – Click here

http://patty-vicknair.artistwebsites.com/galleries.html

All my Clowns only on Fine ART America for you to buy prints – Click here

http://patty-vicknair.artistwebsites.com/art/all/clowns+/all

Below I will post a few links to some of the clowns so you can see the possibilities….

 

Toto Johnson Stickers by PSOVARTCLOWNS
See more Rontotojohnson Stickers at zazzle.com
Watercolor Clown #10 Mugs
Watercolor Clown #10 Mugs by PSOVARTCLOWNS
Look at more Payasokiruzbazo Mugs at zazzle
Bungles TheClown Photo Plaques
Bungles TheClown Photo Plaques by PSOVARTCLOWNS
Look at Bunglestheclown Plaques online at Zazzle.com
Clown Pricilla Mooseburger T Shirt
Clown Pricilla Mooseburger T Shirt by PSOVARTCLOWNS
Put your favorite photo on t-shirt designs at zazzle.com
Clown Bill Gillespie AKA Be-Real-So Postcard
Clown Bill Gillespie AKA Be-Real-So Postcard by PSOVARTCLOWNS
Find more Bill gillespie Postcards at Zazzle
Clown Mark Carfora Clock
Clown Mark Carfora Clock by PSOVARTCLOWNS
Shop for additional Wall Clocks at zazzle.com

Until next time. Happy Clowning!

Patty Sue O’Hair – Vicknair Clown artist to the world

psovart@gmail.com

Across the top of this blog you will find pages dedicated to my art.  Please take a few minutes to look them over.  www.greatclownportraits.com

Please like this blog and share among your clown friends.

 All comments are welcome!

Watercolor Clown #13 PRICILLA MOOSEBURGER, A.K.A. TRICIA MANUEL


2013-03-03 20.50.10

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 on small affordable 9 x 12 watercolor paintings.  Since the watercolor series  is new and not well know I have the luxury of selling these paintings at a  pretty reasonable price.

My goal is to create 75 watercolor clowns of the 9 X 12 size.  I hope to sell thru Facebook or directly to the buyer and hopefully sell a few to the proud clown collectors out in  the world.

Each image will be on Canson 140 LB  Watercolor paper 9 X 12.  Each image will be mailed in a document mailer with a certificate of authenticity. Let me know if your interested or if you have a clown image for me to consider for the series.

Watercolor Clown #13 – 

PRICILLA MOOSEBURGER, A.K.A. TRICIA  MANUEL

Original SOLD

I love color so you can imagine the  fun I had creating this watercolor of Pricilla.   She has also been kind enough to allow me the pleasure of interviewing her for this blog.   So look for the post to get to know more about this amazing clown!

I like to take pictures along the way as I paint so you can see the creation from start to finish.  Enjoy!  Leave me a note if you like the painting.

 

Pricilla Mooseburger Original Photo

Pricilla Mooseburger
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Art Prints

Not for Commercial Use

Copyright 2014 Patty Sue O’Hair- Vicknair Artist PSOVART

Click below for the direct Zazzle link to Pricillis page to buy this painting on various products.

http://www.zazzle.com/psovartclowns/gifts?cg=196714627678775202

Prints are available.

For those of you interested in any of the New clown watercolor painting prints. There are 2 ways to get prints.
1. I will post the image on several sites, with links found on my page associated with the clown image. Also there are links from my page directly to the pages where all my art can be found for prints. All you do is choose the one you want, the size, how you want it printed (canvas, paper, etc.) and pay for it they will ship it to you. Here are some sites I am on. 

http://patty-vicknair.artistwebsites.com/ (fine art prints, cards, phone cases) 

www.Zazzle.com/psovartclowns (posters, t-shirts, mugs, mouse pads, etc…) 

http://greatclownportraits.com/blog and you can order originals or prints from here.

2. You can buy direct from me. I will order a print from my printer and provide a signed Certificate of Authenticity along with signing the painting. Your cost will be determined by the size you want + shipping to your location.
9 X 12 = $45.00
11 x 14 = $60.00
16 X 20 = $116.00
Each clown I paint receives a share of the proceeds, so rest assured I am selling these images with their blessing. If interested either message me on Facebook or email me at psovart@gmail.com we can handle the transaction by Paypal

Until next time. Happy Clowning!

Patty Sue O’Hair – Vicknair Clown artist to the world

psovart@gmail.com

Across the top of this blog you will find pages dedicated to my art.  Please take a few minutes to look them over.  www.greatclownportraits.com

Follow my art on Facebook

http://www.facebook.com/pages/PS-OV-ART-Patty-Sue-OHair-Vicknair-Artist/120774855204

Please like this blog and share among your clown friends.  All comments are welcome!

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Introducing Sue Marranconi AKA Squeeze


SUE MARRANCONI AKA SQUEEZE

SUE MARRANCONI AKA SQUEEZE

Today I have the pleasure of introducing you to Sue Marranconi AKA Squeeze.  Sue is from Meadville, Pennsylvania and is very active in clowning and sharing her gift with others.  

I have a follow up post which will  show the creation of her watercolor painting.  Please take the time to check it out.  Prints are available from the artist or from many of the print on demand sites.  Sue also benefits from any sale of one of her prints.  I have enjoyed working with her on our painting project and I am sure you will like Sue to.  

So on with the interview…

1. How long have you been a clown?

I have been a clown since about the age of six.

2. Who inspired you to become a clown?

When I was young (6) I went deaf because my adenoids grew up my ear canals.  I had already had my adenoids removed so no one suspected that this was the cause.  My Grandmother had a heart attack and came to live with us.  She was a wonderfully creative person and she spent many hours playing piano and teaching me to act and dance.  I had thirteen ear operations and was not allowed to go outside at all.  Grandma also brought a huge trunk of fun costumes with her when she moved in.  I eventually regained most of my hearing, but never forgot the fun, theatrics with Grandma.  I eventually went to clown college in my hometown of Meadville, Pa. when I was 18.  I’m currently 54 and clowning is still my passion.

3. What people do you give credit to in helping you advance your art in clowning?

I credit many others with advancing my clowning, among them are the Erie Clowns of Erie, Pennsylvania.  My dear friend J.T. “Bubba” Sikes also inspired me by asking him to perform with him at the grand opening of the Red Skelton Center in Vincennes Indiana.

Squeeze and Bubba Sikes performing

Squeeze and Bubba Sikes performing

Vincennes is Red’s hometown and we put on a really fun Christian based program for the folks there. 

Click here to follow The Red Skelton museum on Facebook

Another great influence is Keith “Toby” Stokes who founded the  Toby the Clown Foundation and the American Clown Museum in Lake Placid Florida. 

Click here to visit the Toby Clown Foundation Web Site

I am an Ambassador to the museum and a portrait of me is painted on the ceiling.

Toby Tile - Sue

Squeeze Portrait on the ceiling tile located in the Toby Clown Foundation building.

  I also credit my husband, Rick Marranconi for his support and his wonderful creative ideas.  He also does all of my graphic work.

4. Where did you receive training & where did you get your first big break?

My first really big performance was opening for the Supremes in Erie, Pa.  I just happened to know a fellow in the opening band and he ask me to do a little something.  I got to meet Mary Wilson.  She loves clowns!  I got V.I.P. treatment!

5. How long have you been a clown? Are you still Clowning?

I have been clowning 36 years…that’s not even possible, I’m too young at heart!

 I am still clowning.  I am a comedy white faced clown.  My clown name is Squeeze.  I am called Squeeze because I play an accordion.  I do not play it much anymore because of an aging back.  I also do other characters as well.  Several of them are Auguste clowns.

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6. Are you involved with any clown organizations?

I am the Education Director for Clowns of America International.  I am also the Education Director for Mid Atlantic Clown Association.  I am also the Education Director fro the Erie, Pa. clown alley, the Eriesistible clowns.  I am an Ambassador for the Toby the Clown Foundation and the American Clown Museum in Lake Placid Florida.

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7. How do you feel your clown has evolved over time? How did you settle on the particular style and design of your clown or the personality you try to project as a clown?

My clown came about as many do.  I think we all change over time.  I sew, so for me creating my own costumes is part of the fun.  My costumes are usually always quite elaborate.  Squeeze is very much a girly clown.  She has great morals and thanks those who say thank you!  I am always mindful to make a good impression.  I am always extra kind and loving. I always try to be the best clown I can be.  I love the little ones and the seniors especially, but I clown for people of all ages and all walks of life.

8. I have learned a little more about clowns and I know there are different types of clowns, What kind of clown are you and what do you feel is your clowns most interesting characteristic?

I am a comedy whiteface clown.  I think my costume colors draw in children and adults.  I have often been told I am the most beautiful clown they have ever seen.  Such kind words.  I think the shoes and the nose are important too.  I have a heart shaped nose and really big shoes!

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9. Have you ever worked in a Circus and if so which ones? Do you have any great stories which you can share – feel free to add them.

I have never worked in a circus, although I would love to do it.   I have had some wonderful experiences as a caring clown visiting patients in hospitals.  One dear lady in the oncology ward once borrowed my wig!  She said it was great to have hair again since she had lost hers due to chemo therapy.  The nurses all got a good laugh and years later I got a letter from her stating that I made a difference in her healing by my visits.  Another child with muscular dystrophy took his first steps to reach a puppet I had been entertaining him with. Mom and Dad had tried everything to get him to walk! These and many other like experiences are what make clowning worthwhile.

10. What kind of functions are you hired for example: conventions, parties…

I have been a clown teacher.  At one time I had a clown program called Squeeze U, clown University through my local Arts Council.  Due to funding cuts the program was discontinued.  I enjoy corporate clowning and birthday parties.  I do shows for many different functions.  I am also a balloon artist and a face painter.

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11. Do you have bits that are standard in the clown world or do you create your own acts?

I enjoy making up my own skits or putting a twist on many of the old classics.  I am a very creative person and I enjoy making props and any kind of performance.

12.Do you use props? If so did you make them yourself?

I do use props and many of them I have created myself.  I enjoy the creative process.

13. If you were in a parade did you ride anything? Bike, Unicycle, Clown car?

I have a clown car but often walk in parades.  Depending on what my parade ability gag is for the parade.  Sometimes I can get closer to the audience and work props better on foot.Erie Clowns Red Skelton Parade

14. Is there video we can watch of you on the web acting as a clown for us to enjoy?

Yes.  There are several – Videos will be posted soon.

15. Do you have any clown wisdom to pass on to fellow younger clowns who are starting out in the business?

Wisdom…hmmm.  Know that if you become a clown, you are creating a character that will be loved.  Be the person that children look up to and adults respect.  Always answer your phone with a smile on your face.  People can tell!  Ignore the haters.  There is much love in the world…work with that!  And my motto:  Changing the world one smile at a time!

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16. What are you long term goals in clowning?  Example: Become a Ringling Clown.

My long term goal is to continue to grow in the art of clowning and to inspire our youth to fill our shoes.  The average age of new clowns is forty five.  We need to inspire younger people in our art form and help them become the future of clowning.

17. If you can say one word that summed up all your years of clowning – what would it be?

Things I didn’t mention…I am a CHARLIE award winner from Clowns of America.  Charlie stands for clowns have a real love in everyone.  I also have my Excellence in clowning award from Clowns of America Int.  I am an award winning clown, face painter and balloon artist.

Oh and my one word for #17 would be passion.

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I hope you have enjoyed this post about another wonderful clown.

Art Prints

 

I have a follow up post which  shows the creation of her watercolor painting.  Please take the time to check it out.  Prints are available from the artist or from many of the print on demand sites.  Sue also benefits from any sale of one of her prints.

Until next time. Happy Clowning!

Thanks to Sue for all her help in creating this blog.

Patty Sue O’Hair –Vicknair Clown Artist

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