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The Creation of “Hello Clown” Painting

Hello Clown Painting by Patty Sue O’Hair – Vicknair

Hello Clown

Hello Clown 24 X 36 Acrylic on canvas

Hello  Clown  A 7-21-09

Sketched the image and painted the background

Hello Clown B 7-22-09

Pained the first layer of the shirt

Hello Clown C 7-22-09

Painted the first layer of the blue hat and vest

Hello Clown D 7-22-09

Started working on the flesh tones

Hello Clown E 7-22-09

Nose, mouth, and eyes along with more layers on the flesh tones.

Hello Clown F 7-23-09

Eyes, hair, clothes and small details.

Hello Clown G 7-23-09

Hair and tie layering of color.

Hello Clown H 7-27-09

Finishing off of the hair and adding shading and shadows

Hello Clown I Finished 7-27-09

Finished “Hello Clown” Painting
by Patty Sue O’Hair- Vicknair Artist

Original Referrance Photo  provided by Totomai on Flickr

Original Referrance Photo provided by Totomai on Flickr


Until next time. Happy Clowning!

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

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Help save the LAUGHTER for future generations?

Help clowns save clown artifacts.

Ever wonder what happens to those big clown shoes when a clown hangs up his nose?  Ever wonder if a great prop used to bring laughter to thousands now sits in a lonely attic collecting dust?  Ever wonder if there was a collection of old photos from circus and side shows from the past?  What happens to all the great posters and items from the circus world once the clowns and the elephants have moved on?

Well they are gently collected and cleaned and put on display for the world. So you can walk down memory lane and remember the thrills you felt as a kid watching the biggest show on earth.

The International Clown Hall of Fame and Research Center in 102 4th Avenue Baraboo, WI  provides a great service to the world in helping to protect great clown artifacts from past and current clowns.

Clowns are a part of all our lives.  If you have ever laughed at a great comedy skit, then you need to thank a clown.  The skills needed to successfully entertain an audience either on TV or on a stage where taught by the masters to future generations to pass on and inspire new and up and coming artist.  All comedy we see on TV or in the movies today comes from past generations of great clowns.

Humor or laughter  is a gift to the world that needs to be cherished and protected so that we will never forget how to laugh.

So don’t make a clown cry!

Please visit this web page and make a donation, as I have done, so that the heritage and humor can be preserved and passed down to our future generations.

  • The International Clown Hall of Fame and Research Center
  • 102 4th Avenue
  • Baraboo, WI 53913
  • 608.355.0321

Thank you for your time now go watch a clown!

Patty Sue O’Hair-Vicknair Artist

Clown Portrait painter to the world.

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Why a page about Clown Portraits?

In todays world we have all been influenced by TV and the movies.  Unfortunately the movie “It ” (which I personally have never seen) ruined the magical world of clowns for many a young soul.

I love clowns!  Partially because they are happy, colorful and energetic.   Their whole purpose is to help you forget about a bad day.  They say laughter is the best medicine and while it will not cure cancer, it can still lighten the load for a child who is suffering from the illness.  Sometimes something as simple as a balloon animal given to a child at a restaurant can change the tone of the whole meal.  Sometimes the smile brought on by a site gag can make a world of difference for an emotionally distraught teenager and provide them with a much needed escape if only for a few minutes.   I am not saying that laughter brought on by clowns will change the world but it couldn’t help but make it a better place if only for a little while.

So I believe in the power of clowns!  That being said I find that the art of capturing the image of a clown complete with the little sparkle in the eye and the hint of a smile, if not a full blown smile ,has not been truly accepted in the art world.  As a case in point, I can’t seem to find a gallery that has its focus on clown portraits…. surprised?  Not really but I do feel that the images of clowns do have a place in the art world.

There are probably display spaces for Clown portraits at such places as Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus  at the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art Circus Gallery in Sarasota, Florida, or the International Clown Hall of Fame and Research Center.   I am also wondering if Circus Circus in Las Vegas has a gallery? I am not sure as I have not visited these establishments. I hope to someday visit each site and report back to you here about the wonders found.

The clowns I see most depicted in portraits are the Master Clowns from Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus   I was informed not long ago by a friendly clown that the time and opportunities are not available to todays clowns to achieve the credentials needed to achieve the master clown status.  So there are a limited number of clowns that have reached that status.  Also other famous clowns such as Emmett Kelly, for example, of which we have all seen wonderful paintings of.

I will probably not be painting the famous clowns.  Not unless I can find a free photo to use or can personally meet them to take my own photo.  I like to have permission to use the photos that I paint, since a lot of the master clowns are no longer with us and Ringling owns the rights to a lot of the images … we we will just have to see what develops.

I will be looking for clowns all over the world to paint and present to you as a little write up on this blog.   One thing I am looking for is for Clown Alley group photos of lots of clowns together all making faces and doing stupid stuff in true clown form for a big selection of large canvases for a series of each canvas featuring 5 to 25 clowns in each image called Clown Alleys Across America.  (Each clown will be listed in the bio for each painting)  

Please stop by to check in and learn with me about new and old artists in clowning and the artist that depict them in there art.

I will also post links to each clown and we will have images for you to view.

Let me know if you would like to be interviewed of it you know of a clown that would like to be interviewed.

Now go watch a clown and have some fun!


Patty Sue O’Hair -Vicknair Artist

Watercolor and Acrylic paintings of clowns from around the world.

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