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Clown Paintings by Patty Sue O’Hair-Vicknair or PSOVART

Hello my name is Patty Sue O’Hair- Vicknair I am the author of this blog and a clown lover and painter.  My married name is Vicknair but I keep my maiden name in artist name as a tribute to my late Father who was my biggest critic and my biggest fan.  With his ever-loving artistic photographers instruction I learned to recognize a great pose or as he would say that “twinkle in the eye”.   I hope that I have captured in some of these paintings the “twinkle in the eye” that draws you in to each portrait and makes you smile.   These paintings are my Clowns.  The first series is called “The Human Side of a Clown”.  I tried to show a little glimpse into the personality or the emotion of the clown  in each image that made you stop and take a second look and maybe feel the joy that comes from the painting.  I love clowns and I am always looking for a great clown image to paint.  More Clowns coming Soon…

All of these paintings are for sale and prints are available if you’re interested let me know…

Hello Clown

Hello Clown 24 X 36 Acrylic on canvas By PSOVART

Giggles the Clown

Giggles the Clown 24 X 36 Acrylic on canvas By PSOVART

Clowing Around

Clowning Around 24 X 36 Acrylic on canvas By PSOVART

Jason The Clown 24 X 36 Acrylic on canvas By PSOVART

Rainbow Clown

Rainbow Clown 24 X 36 Acrylic on canvas By PSOVART

Eureka Springs Clown

Eureka Springs Clown 24 X 30 Acrylic on canvas By PSOVART

Clown Billy Ballantine II

Billy Ballantine II 24 X 30 Acrylic on canvas By PSOVART

Senor Billy The Hobo Clown

Senor Billy The Hobo Clown 36 X 36 Acrylic on canvas By PSOVART

Kid Clowns

Kid Clowns 22 X 28 Acrylic on canvas By PSOVART

Sad Little Girl Clown

Sad Little Girl Clown 20 X 20 Acrylic on canvas By PSOVART

Bozo Pastel 14 X 17 on paper by PSOVART

Careful TheClown 16 x 20 By PSOVART

Careful was just finished July 11, 2012.

Careful has also been nice enough to allow me to interview him so so be on the look  for Careful TheClown post coming soon.

Watercolor Clown #1 #1 in a series of 75 watercolor clowns

Watercolor Clown #1 #1 in a series of 75 watercolor clowns

Watercolor Clown #2 Corazon Alegre - #2 in a series of 75 watercolor clowns

Watercolor Clown #2 Corazon Alegre – #2 in a series of 75 watercolor clowns

More paintings to be added soon….

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

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Great Clown Portraits Update

Senor Billy The Hobo Clown

Senor Billy The Hobo Clown The great “Billy  Beck”

Hello Fellow Clown Enthusiasts,

I have been searching online through my friends and I am happy to report that several wonderful clowns have agreed to allow me the pleasure of interviewing them for this blog and I am happy to note several of them have given me permission to paint a colorful painting of their clown persona.  Stay tunned for the actual interview’s!

I have been coming up with questions to ask each clown.  Such as:

Who inspired them to become a clown?

Where did they receive training?

How long have they been a clown?

Are they involved with any clown organizations?

How do they feel their clown has evolved over the years?

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?

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

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

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

Do you use props?

If so did you make them yourself?

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

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

What kind of presence do you have on the web, FB, web page, blog…

These are just some of the questions I have come up with.  Can you think of any questions you would like to ask a seasoned  preforming clown?

I love clowns and I am really going to enjoy getting to know all of the great clowns I interview!

As to the artist who paint clowns, besides myself, I have sent out a few notes to a few I know about, but have not heard back from them yet.  I will contact a few more and see if we can get this blog going.  If any of you know of an artist that paints clown portraits please drop me a line with there name and contact information.  I would like to interview them and provide a link to their information and feature some of there great paintings.

I am not wanting anything in return just the opportunity to see  and share other artists work of great clowns.

One note if they paint scary clownsI am not interested.  As an artist who paints clowns and shows my work to the public. I fight the public fear of clowns which have been influenced by the movie “It” and other scary images every time I have a show.  This blog is for happy, fun, sweet clowns and sad hobo clowns only!  Nothing scary allowed.

Senor Billy The Hobo Clown

Senor Billy The Hobo Clown

About the painting attached to this blog:  Senor Billy the Hobo Clown   The great “Billy Beck”

This is a painting of Senor Billy the Hobo Clown. The original photo was taken by P.S. Zollo. (- who posted it on Flickr follow the link to see the original.
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This is the second painting in my “The human side of a clown” series. Mr. Zollo had the honor of meeting Billy the clown in person. His real name is Billy Beck. This is what Billy told Mr. Zollo during their photo shoot “In the Forties he was a clown at the celebrated Cirque Medrano in Paris and shared the stage with Buster Keaton, among others.

Born in 1920 in Philadelphia, he was an artist and cartoonist, and started sketching the sad clown epitomized by Emmett Kelly when he was just a kid. He went with the army to France during WWII and stayed there, becoming a clown first on the street before he graduated to the stage.” When he posed for the photo’s on this fine day it was the first time he had worn the tramp makeup and costume in about 46 years. It all fit him wonderfully.

I found the original photos taken by P. S. Zollo on Flickr and contacted him to see if he would allow me to paint this one. He agreed. Once I finished the painting and contacted Mr. Zollo to show him the painting this is what he wrote “It’s beautiful! I am honored – and I will share this with Billy – who was a painter too – and I am sure he will be thrilled by this”
I only hope I have done him justice.


Patty Sue O’Hair -Vicknair Artist

Watercolor and Acrylic paintings of clowns from around the world.

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