Serial killers like Gacy have given clowns a bad name but really--there has always been something weird about clowns anyway. On one of my pickin' journeys I scored a relatively cheap Horsman Emmett Kelly ventriloquist doll. The doll I bought was in pretty rough shape but looked something like this:
Emmett Kelly was a clown who I remember showing up on shows like Ed Sullivan or other variety shows to do his gentle and quiet little skits dressed as Weary Willie, a iconic look for clowns that was based on the tramps of the Depression era.
On a different pickin' journey, I got some really cool buggy wheels still on the axle that reminded me of circus wagon wheels especially after I painted them.
Now the idea began to coalesce into doing something with a scary clown.
I have been working on this piece since August and I showed it to Denice. She said, "That is not a very scary clown." So then I called it a sad clown. Then I set it aside. Finally, after two months I decided the issue was that I was too afraid to paint the face of the clown. I had wanted to keep the Emmett Kelly colors on the face but it was just not working.
So, I painted it.
Then Denice said, "That is now a scary clown."
So, thirty-three dollars worth of supplies and twenty-one hours of work later, we have Hymn 79: Jesus, That's A Scary Clown!