Sometimes these happy faces are just what they are….Happy! Sometimes they’re just for show to hide the hurts we feel. I’d like to think that most of mine are truly happy but here of late, not so much.

Watercolor on Yupo.

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  • Pam Humbargar
    Pam Humbargarover 1 year ago

    I love this clown painting, marsha!! A wonderful happy work:)

  • Thank you very much, Pam…..I really appreciate your nice comment.

    – Marsha Elliott

  • Jim Phillips
    Jim Phillipsover 1 year ago

    Happy…..this scares me to death…I’ll have nightmares about this. It’s well painted though…..LOL

  • Sorry I frightened you, Jim. This is sort of a self portrait from my clowning days back in the 90’s. My younger son, 2 friends from church & I use to go to hospitals & nursing homes to entertain……we did skits, etc. I got pretty good at tying balloon animals!

    – Marsha Elliott

  • PierceClark
    PierceClarkover 1 year ago

    We are what we are. Know you are loved. This is fabulous. I wish I had been with you when you did this. My yupo days are long ago and fading………need a refresher painting day with my buddy!

  • Maybe we can schedule a Yupo day soon.

    – Marsha Elliott

  • Norah Jones
    Norah Jonesover 1 year ago

    This puts a smile on my face Marsha, don’t know why Jim’s so scared !!

  • Jim’s a wimp that’s why!!! LOLOLOL! Thanks, Nora. :)

    – Marsha Elliott

  • Marion Chapman
    Marion Chapmanover 1 year ago

    How wonderfully you’ve captured the happy factor! gorgeous

  • Thanks so much, Marion!

    – Marsha Elliott

  • Lynda Robinson
    Lynda Robinsonover 1 year ago

    What wonderful happy face Marsha! Lovely work.

  • Thanks, Lynda….it was fun to do.

    – Marsha Elliott

  • Jim Phillips
    Jim Phillipsover 1 year ago

    Knowing you made some kids and some old folks laugh for a while, well that not so scary, that’s actually pretty darn cool miss Marsha. I see where Norah took me a bit seriously and where your sensitivity straightened her right out with a proper answer….LOL Again….love the way you painted.

  • The clown ministry lasted over a year with weekly rehearsals to keep our skits & timing fine tuned like any other performers would have to do. We could no longer fit the meetings in when the head clown, Wally, was moved to second shift work at his job & everyone else’s schedules were whacked out. Anyway, we all sure did miss doing the clowning. We named our troupe “Duolos” which is Greek for “clown” or “lowly servant”. There was never a charge for our visits to the nursing facilities or anywhere else for that matter….the smile & laughs we got from others was payment enough.

    – Marsha Elliott

    JUSTARTover 1 year ago


  • Thank you!

    – Marsha Elliott

  • Lora Garcelon
    Lora Garcelonover 1 year ago

    It took me a while to comment on this one – I saw the clown and ran under my bed to hide from it…. then I thought this might be a painting of you in a clown costume and that didn’t seem as scary. Besides, it was getting uncomfortable under that bed….

  • LOLOLOLOL!!!!! For you & Jim’s sake, I think I’m gonna have to either fine tune my clown portraits or go back to painting pigs butts….at least they make people smile! :)

    – Marsha Elliott

  • Val Spayne
    Val Spayneover 1 year ago

    Fab Yupo painting Marsha. I worked in a nursing home and everyone appreciated visits like this more than you can ever know.

  • Thank you so much, Val… was so nice of you to share this tidbit with me regarding nursing home visits. Sure do appreciate that!

    – Marsha Elliott

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