The Clown In Me -the clown... by Nancy-Lee Mauger

The Clown In Me -the clown challenge

"Stop clowning around. You're making such a clown of yourself." Class clown. Such things have always been said of me. And each time I've wanted to run away and hide. I do have a pretty good sense of humor and I'm quite witty, but there is a part of me that just doesn't know how to keep it in check sometimes. So here is my portrait of my clown for the challenge.

11x14 watercolor 6/26/13
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Sounds like me NL. I am always clowning around and at times I overstep the mark. Absolutely love this because it reminds me of me. Take care and hugs.
over 2 years ago
I love that you love it because it reminds you of you, Ken. That makes it so special to me!!! XXOOXX ~ Nancy-Lee
over 2 years
Great portrait clown. Love the way you did the eyes. Very good work Nancy-Lee
Sy
over 2 years
Thanks Sy! It was kind of luck working with gouache. I really enjoy using the white. I never know what will happen and it's always kind of magical.
over 2 years
This is so moving.. such sensitivity within an array of vibrant yet gentle colours.
over 2 years
Thanks so much Me. What a lovely comment. I appreciate it very very much.~ Nancy-Lee
over 2 years
Haha!!! I'm like you, the clown in the class and the clown outside school as well. I was always the one who was caught...
Well done miss clown
Take care
Ola
over 2 years
OLA! How did I know? :_) I got caught a lot as well... But I have an infectious laugh so that helped ease the pain. . . xo
over 2 years
Reminds me of a danish poet called Benny Andersen. He used to be quite the depressed typem writting only about sorrow and sadness. Then suddenly one day, he told himself - Today I will write a happy poem no matter what, today will be the change! This picture reminds me of this, or atleast to cry your very inside out with a joy on your face.. You know Nancy we both love eyes very much, and I have to say, that these eyes have so much too tell.. All my love for your future paintings.. :-) Hope else you are well and all ..

Many kind and warm regards,

Tue Ulrik
over 2 years
What an absolutely beautiful and heart warming comment, Tue. Thank you so much. That's just about how it is for me. It's kind of funny, in a weird way. I've had to go into hospital over the past couple of years for my mental health treatment. I've done a program at a women't treatment center that centers around Dialectical behavior therapy. That involves going 5 days a week to a program that has group after group about things like mindfulness, emotion regulation, interpersonal relationship, anger management, etc. One thing that we had to do was to keep a diary card. It had listed on it emotions and we had to check in with ourselves 3 times a day and rate, on a scale of 1 (not at all) to 10 (very much) how we were feeling that emotion. The emotions were: Anger, Sad, Fear, Guilt, Jealousy, and Joy. I took such issue with the word JOY. I said, "It should just be happy. Can't we just say we're feeling happy? Joy is a big, big deal. Hell, Beethoven wrote an entire ODE to it...." Well....my inner clown came out... I got reprimanded and they did not agree... I wasn't happy. Joy got a 0 and Anger got a 10.
Comments like these make me feel Joy. I'm understanding joy a lot more these days.....
Thanks for that! It means so much.

xoxo ~ Nancy-Lee
over 2 years
NL...I love the bright and beautiful colors and the hugh smile. So well designed!!!!!! I used to have to sit in the corner of my classroom for being a clown and disrupting the class...Never have changed...but I did graduate..Got an "F" in conduct though..LOL I would rather laugh and accept the bad grade..Not too smart.....Love this painting so much. Hugs, Ann
over 2 years
HA! Ann! no way! I got kicked off of the cheer leading squad for 4 games because I got a 4 in conduct. I swear it wasn't my fault. I love to laugh. It's not good sometimes.. I get into such trouble. I've been known to take down a whole brass section in a pit orchestra with the giggles. Thanks for loving my painting. xo~ NL
over 2 years
Hi Nancy, this is great, all the bright colours are wonderful,and I like her eyes, warm wishes Brenda xxxxx.
over 2 years
Thanks Brenda. I appreciate it!!
over 2 years
Fantastic response to the challenge Nancy-Lee. Love your clown with the big smile and sad eyes. Well done as always. Cheers Glenys.
over 2 years
Nicely done Nancy
over 2 years
Thanks Barry. I appreciate your comments.
over 1 year
....dear NL. So beautiful, very emotional. He is very honest.The eyes are all dreamy . That look...is what makes his special....all his thoughts behind that look... Lovely colours too :-). Best wishes dear Nance -Lee !! XXX Monika
over 2 years
really like the bright colors and cheer in contrast to you usual portrates
over 2 years
Yes, it is a nice change, isn't it? :_) Thanks so much. ;)
over 1 year
Great work Nancy, very expressive and beautiful.
over 2 years
Hi Priscilla. Thanks so much!
over 1 year
Nancy-Lee, this is wonderful I can see the child-like wonder and sensitivity, innocence, happiness beaming from within those eyes. a dear clown! love the colors!
over 2 years
Thanks TAB! I loved how this came out as well. I wasn't sure what my 'clown' would possibly look like. Thanks for your wonderful comment. xox
over 1 year
FABULOUS!! The colours and the composition and..BUT THEN, I look again and REALLY SEE those large and beautiful eyes and realize that what I'm seeing is.. Heartbreak..My kid brother once wrote a poem about "sticking out" and of "being left out" in middle-school - the only line I can still recall is this: "And I alone did laugh"..It STILL tears me apart with its deep and f-e-l-t paaaaain..A wonderfully Honest and Powerful and incredibly Moving portrait, N-L..I am sooo PROUD of YOU!! LOVE this!! Esp. for its COURAGE!! Bravo and Bravo and Bravoooo!! HUGE, warm hugs
over 2 years
Ah, don't we all have a little bit of the clown in us? I love this happy colorful work. Just beautiful, Nancy-Lee!
over 2 years
You make a lovely clown Nancy- Lee.. Very sad eyes.. lovely smily mouth.. Love your colours!... Marilynx
over 1 year
You're so sweet, Marilyn. Thanks so much. xo, Nancy-Lee
over 1 year
very challenge art Nancy-Lee. Love your clown, the big smile and sad eyes makes me smile...
Well done love it
over 1 year
This is great Nancy-Lee. I always tend to see sadness in a clown's face, as if they are trying to put on a brave smile. A very touching portrait. Regards, Brigitte.
over 1 year
I love your original clown Nancy!! great work!
Thanks for taking the challenge. :)
M.
over 1 year
very original and colorful work.
over 1 year
Thanks Tom!
over 1 year
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Nancy-Lee MaugerMy discovery of art was bittersweet. I've always believed that everything happens for a reason. In the early morning of December 9th, 1993, my father passed away, and I gave birth to my second child, my son, later that evening. That day was a turning point in my life. Eighteen months later I took my first art therapy class and found the healing power of art. Over time, my work has evolved from therapeutic painting to art. I truly believe we are all artists if we can just get past the initial fear.

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