There’s something about clowns…

Okay, so the subject in Henri Rosseau’s Carnival Evening, 1886 is the character, Pierrot rather than a clown, but the dark, surreal atmosphere in the painting had the same effect on me as creepy clowns and carnivals. Think American Horror – particularly its Freak Show season

When I spotted that Rosseau’s painting was the prompt for Creative Writing Ink’s latest monthly competition, I had to enter. There is such a mysterious atmosphere in this forest landscape with its phosphorescent couple and I tried to imagine who the strange, bodiless face belonged to at the side of the structure. I think he is secretly watching them…

I decided to combine the image with a haiku to create a haunting haiga and hope you (and the judges!) enjoy it.



About seaviewwarrenpoint

I am a writer, poetry facilitator and artist from Warrenpoint, Northern Ireland. My blog is Twitter @MarionSClarke
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11 Responses to There’s something about clowns…

  1. oh wow, a really effective combination of words and painting!

  2. barbarainoz says:

    Like this one a lot, and somehow it seems to fit the times, right now, Marion…XX

  3. Wanda says:

    Great. Congratulations.

  4. lineatatime says:

    ooooh loving this Marion. Great combo. 🙂

  5. Wow, my son has just suggested that the face might be the Pierrot’s mask hung up on the building – now that’s creepy!

  6. Mary Kendall says:

    You’ve created a wonderful haiga, Marion. This is quite an eery painting, isn’t it? Adding your haiku was a perfect choice of response to this prompt.

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