As a kid, a third grader to be exact, I remember the anticipation of the best field trip ever. Even now, I can remember how that excitement felt.
The field trip I am referring to was when we headed to the circus. Well, today would have been John Ringling’s birthday.
You know, one of the Ringling Brothers of the famed Ringling Brothers Circus. Since seeing it was his birthday elicited such strong and happy memories for me, I wanted to continue with that feeling.
I decided the best way to do that was to have a circus themed art challenge.
Just attending the circus taught me that there were so many more possibilities for someone when they are an open-minded, creative daydreamer with an artist’s soul.
I can only imagine the amazingly creative, circus themed art that is about to come our way.
There are so many unique acts that take place in a circus. I can’t even tell you how excited I am with anticipation wondering what art will come our way.
I can almost picture the incredibly detailed painting of someone breathing fire. I can feel the exhilaration build as I remember watching the human cannonball act.
I mean, people aren’t supposed to fly like that, are they? But circus acts have always defied the odds.
The flying trapeze was always one of my favorites. Watching performers trust one another explicitly as they defy gravity.
One last example that I always admired was the human contortionist. I mean, this entire act was based on someone’s talent.
I don’t know about you, but I am thrilled about the idea of circus art. It was RuPaul who said, “illusion starts between the ears.
If the person doing illusion doesn’t believe it, then the audience doesn’t believe it. Seeing the picture in your head will allow the audience to see it in their heads”. I feel like that isn’t just true for circus performers but for artists as well.
I would be amiss if I didn’t mention clowns. My wife might kill me, but they are a staple of a circus.
The ‘whiteface’ clown is the one we are all familiar with. But I bet you didn’t know this clown also has the highest status when it comes to clown hierarchy.
As terrifying as clowns are for some people, they have been rumored to have been around since 2400 B.C. Imagine all the people that have ever been scared by a clown in that time period!
As Matthew Perry said, “there’s nothing better than a world where everybody’s just trying to make each other laugh.” That is exactly why clowns have been a thing for so long!
I found this piece by Andrew Kemp on Pixels. This is just one example of circus art.
We don’t care if you’re a digital artist, a painter, a sculpture, a performance artist or any other artist.
We just want to see your creative, circus themed art here at Her Blaze and we know you won’t disappoint.