Bright Colors – Abstract Watercolor – Hot Air Balloons

This week I’m featuring three of my hot air balloons. The technique I used creating these three art prints was an abstract approach. I used the sketching to define the subject matter of the balloons and then filled them with bright colors. Not being one who every stayed in the lines when it came to art, I let the bright colors bleed into each other, creating an abstract look.


We are all attracted to hot air balloons rising and floating in the air. The serenity of the scene as one looks skyward and sees these bright colored balloons quietly drifting through the sky. What drew my eye when my wife and I did the adventure in San Diego, was the prep work of getting them inflated and launched. To me there was an incredible beauty watching these large bags of color transformed into what we see drifting across the sky.


As the balloons slowly fill with hot air, they go from laying flat on the ground to slowly rising and when you see the different stages of inflation with a group of balloons together…it really is a beautiful sight.



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29 thoughts on “Bright Colors – Abstract Watercolor – Hot Air Balloons

  1. Jet Eliot

    Your abstractness here is wonderful, and still it is easy to recognize the subject matter; and the bright colors are delightful. I, too, have had the pleasure of a balloon ride, and it’s an unforgettable experience.

  2. Teagan R. Geneviene

    Oh what fun — and happy exciting colors. I never got to ride in a balloon, but once I got to go to the prep time with a crew at the International Balloon Fiesta in Albuquerque. To be up close and personal while they were putting the air in the balloons was pretty amazing. Happy weekend hugs!

    1. Kirt D Tisdale Post author

      Flight is so quiet and peaceful….loved it! I’m glad you got to experience the prep for flight…fascinating isn’t it? I would love to go to the Balloon Fiesta in Albuquerque….always wanted to do that. Have a great weekend!!

      1. Teagan R. Geneviene

        It really is a spectacular event. I don’t enjoy the crowds at the park. Finding a spot around town where you can see the balloons is ideal. One year one got sort of off course and landed just beyond my back yard. That kind of thing happens. Fun stuff.

    2. Kirt D Tisdale Post author

      Side note….in LA this weekend taking care of our granddaughter while mom and dad are out of town…can’t wait to check your post out….but will be a little late checking it out…..thanks again!!

  3. Nancy

    Hot Air Balloons are tranquil when seen high above! You have captured them beautifully!
    When I went up I enjoyed the whole process as well!!
    When flying… I could not believe how quiet it was up in the sky!!!

  4. Sue Slaght

    Your abstract art fits well with the balloons being inflated. Having had the experience I can almost hear the noise of the balloons filling. Gorgeous colors and one can’t help but smile at these pieces. Well done!

    1. Kirt D Tisdale Post author

      You brought a smile to my face…..the compliment and the imagery you created in my mind of the experience by mentioning the sound of them being inflated. It took me back to the experience and the ride! Thanks Sue!!

      1. Sue Slaght

        You are most welcome Kirt. Even in the air when the silence is broken by a blast of air shooting up into the balloon, somehow that has left such a lasting memory with me.

  5. Dan Antion

    These are great, Kirt. As beautiful as hot air balloons are, it’s not always easy to find a photo of them that doesn’t look like it’s been done before. These are unique and beautiful.

  6. reocochran

    These are such lovely artistic renderings, Kirt! Truly modern and colorful to add fun to a family room or whimsy to a child’s playroom. Loved these very much, Kirt.


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