moonlight party under the big top

There's a big bright moon rising just above the hillside. It's time for the Moonlight Party Under the Big Top at Bliss Angels!
Just follow the moonlit path.
What could be more enchanting than seeing a big top under a full moon?
Here is Claire waiting patiently for the show to start while enjoying a sweet treat. This digi collage was so much fun to make. I have almost forgotten how much I enjoy creating them so this was a great way to get back into doing digital art again.
It's been a while since I've been to the circus but they have always fascinated me. The sight of a circus tent suddenly appearing out of nowhere appeals to me perhaps even more than the show itself. I love tents of all kinds.
Image source: INDULGY
I have fond memories of going to the circus with my family when I was young. The sights and sounds were thrilling and the spectacle of Ringling Brothers' 3 ring circus was quite an experience. However I would never again see a circus that still includes wild animals in their show. That's just me so I prefer shows like Cirque du Soleil that only includes human performers.

I also love the impermanent nature of a traveling show. The way it makes you feel like you only have a short time to enjoy the magic before it's gone. Maybe that is the appeal of wanting to run away with the circus.
Last month I saw a bright blue circus tent off the freeway during a long drive home. I had to stop and see and at least take a few pictures.
Circus Vargas is a California based circus. What makes them stand out is their bright blue big top emblazoned with giant yellow stars. I didn't have time to see a show but I walked around long enough to enjoy the smell of popcorn and catch a glimpse of a few performers making their way into the tent. I like that Circus Vargas no longer uses animals in their acts so I hope I can see them the next time they roll into town.
There is one place however where I don't mind seeing a cat in a circus.
On one of my new paintings where the kitty is also the ring mistress! This is PT and Bailey enjoying a swing on their flying trapeze high above my favorite hillside. What better place to watch the moon rising above a magical big top?
Thank you so much for stopping by and thank you to Wendy and Kim for putting on a great big top party. Be sure to visit the party home page for a list of all the circus performers.
Join me again next week for our Halloween carnival,
Le Mysterieux Carnival.
Have a great weekend.


MISS PEACH ~(^.^)~ said...

Oh what an enchanting your graphics Anna!
your blog is looking spooktacular for the coming season...
hugs Karla

Ms Misantropia said...

LOVE your hat! I also have some tiny little decorated top hats at home :)
I feel so clueless - not until now, with your post, did I understand what the "big top" referred to in this party...
Feel free to pop by my party, and check out my giveaway :)

Mimi Foxmorton said...

Oh...I so love coming here early in the morning......
Makes me believe.........

Hugs for a wonderfully creative day at the circus!


Hindustanka said...

Anna, the post is beautiful and so cute if the written word can be such :) I love your graphics too. Have a nice weekend!

Ivy said...

What a beautiful post! I am not a huge fan of the circus, especially those clowns, but your pics made it look so magickal. Please stop by my party when you get the chance, I hear the Fortuneteller is in town!

DREAMER said...

Beautiful grafics......I love everything about the big top......the last thing I got to take my son to was a circus. He got to even ride the elephant :) which makes the circus even more dear to my heart.

BLiSsAngELs said...

magical post Anna, thank you for joining us there something about seeing a big top suddenly appear and the smell of popcorn and candy floss... that reminds us of the child like wonder ... enjoy the rest of the parties
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Carmen said...

Anna, I love your artwork with the lady and moon (can't have too many moons) and the circus kitty!!! I haven't been to the circus since I was very young... it would be fun to go again. Thank you!!!

You're invited to my Circus any time:

Lynn Stevens said...

What a darling painting Anna, and a magical post.
hugs Lynn

OmaLindasOldeBaggsandStuftShirts said...

love your photos, your artwork (as always lovely) and I am looking forward to the carnival. Oma Linda

Unknown said...

As always gorgious. I have missed your digital art and love your creation. What a wonderful post you have put together, great bits of information and I love the pink tent.

So much fun!

Laura said...

i've never been big on the circus - never liked the animals being made to perform and don't even get me started on the clowns! but i loved "The Night Circus". i would love a circus like that! i had fun visiting your circus here today. i'm not part of the blog party, maybe next year.


Hazel (Didos) said...

Oh WOW Love the pictures, They are super, I have never been to the Circus. Do love seeing the big Top Come to town though, Thanks for sharing, Hx

Linda said...

Great graphics, painting and photos Anna, I have great memories of going to the circus when I was young too.

Thanks so much...

Laura S Reading said...

I do not know if I have ever seen a BLUE big top! And I am liking that more shows are not using the animals - at least the undomesticated ones. And I hope the domestics only perform when they enjoy it.

You said next week for the next circus party. Oh dear - I hope you mean next month!

Laura S Reading said...

Ahhhh - the next party is coming up sooner than I remembered!

bockel24 said...

what a lovely post, and I hope that your digi collage inspired you to do more again in the future!

Birgit said...


I enjoyed seeing the circus with your eyes. Like you I don't like animals at the circus.

Lovely party post -- to check out mine, please click here.

Unknown said...

As always I love everything on your blog page Always inspirational!
Thank you for inviting me to your circus post x
Please feel free to hop by to my circus act!

And see you soon at the carnival...
Julie x

Debi said...

glorious circus- love all the creations!
Debi x

Anonymous said...

Still party hopping and I absolutely love what you've shared, Anna. I'm always amazed at the digi collages. One of these days I'm going to have to try one of those.
Your painting is gorgeous!!! After black and white, red and aqua is my favorite combination. The cat on her head...teehee...cute.

Anonymous said...

I had a fabulous time enjoying the artwork and memories. I haven't bene to a circus in far too long and I think I really need to go soon. I love your big hat. How fun! Hugs to you sweetie!

Theresa MacNaughton said...

What a FUN painting!!!!! Lots of whimsy and, of course, a cute kitty! You have such a great style, Anna.

Wendy said...

Dearest Anna,
I would always come to your Great Show under the Big Top. I love PT and Baily. You know how I love the circus and your little friends here are positively pure enchantment. I love them.
You always amaze me with your paintings
Wishes and Whimsy
WEndy from Wonderland