Thursday, August 24, 2006

Artist attacks Clown with chainsaw....

Local Artist attacks Clown with chainsaw claiming temporary insanity caused by Red Tide.

Artist states that without Gold Bond Powder he would have become Florida's first serial clown killer.

(Thanks to buddy bill of MuralsPlus for the great caption!)

Saturday, August 12, 2006

Time for some "clownin' around".....

Meet my new assistant....he doesn't have a name yet....well...he does, actually. I just need permission to go public with it first. More about that later...the intelligent among you will figure it out:-)
I really wasn't intending on painting one of these.....for those that don't live here in sunny Sarasota, there will be something like 50 of these clowns, some are male, some female, hanging, or standing, around downtown Sarasota. This is a program developed by and for the benefit of TideWell Children's Services Program to raise $1,000,000 to establish a children's hospice program in Sarasota. So it's for a great cause, I'd say.

In any case, I wasn't crazy about the clown designs, even though I was pretty sure they could be modified by the artists. As for the artists, you were supposed to submit an application with a design, except for the handful of 'celebrity' artists' (I'm not one of them:-)) True to form for me, I actually printed the ap and then promptly forgot about it.....but then a few days ago Terry Vitale, daughter of Dick Vitale, called and asked if I would be interested in 'decorating' the clown Dick sponsored. I had painted murals and floorcloths for Dick and Lorainne a few years ago and so I think they trust me.....little do they know what goes on in my devilish little mind:-)

Seriously though, this guy is about ready to have major surgery. I can't wait....I always wondered what it would be like to be a doctor. I certainly have the appropriate handwriting. Many years ago I worked for about six months for local sculptor Jack Dowd I worked on Butler Number Six and learned a lot in that short time.....mostly, that it was actually possible earn a living as a working artist. So there will be a little bit of what I learned there in my buddy in the photo, I'm sure.

So stay tuned for is full of unexpected twists and turns....and this is one I wasn't expecting, but I'm now excited about being part of.....