This illustration ran earlier in the week for a story by Michael Stetz on how even clowns are having a rough in these economic times. Story here. My mother used to love painting clowns and although my family has only one of her paintings left (not even sure where that one is) I still think of her when I see a nice painting of a clown. I ran across some nice ones here and here, by Frenchman Bernard Buffet while I was looking for reference for this illustration. Make someone laugh today, it will make you feel better too.