Hot Air Balloons – Bright Colorful Fun

Over the years, I have featured a number of prints from my Hot Air Balloons Gallery. I love hot air balloons and especially love to create prints that are not typical for them. You usually see pictures of the balloons floating in the sky, but I like a different approach. I find the process of preparing these big, bright, beautiful balloons fascinating. Watching them get unpacked, stretched out and then inflated creates an interesting visual experience which I have tried to capture. Over the years I have used a variety of techniques in my presentations. Today, I am using a technique that creates a slightly abstract approach, using bold ink pen strokes to outline the balloons and then filling in with bright colors and strong brush strokes.


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31 thoughts on “Hot Air Balloons – Bright Colorful Fun

  1. Darlene

    I love watching hot air balloons being prepared too. These pictures provide the perfect feeling of magic as they are stretched out and filled with air.

    1. Kirt D Tisdale Post author

      Thanks Darlene…I always feel like the inflation process is so beautiful and to watch the envelope of the balloon go from just colorful cloth to this large balloon…awe inspiring!! Thanks for stopping by!!

  2. Dan Antion

    With so many “typical” treatments of hot air balloons (including the ones I would share if I was close enough to photograph them) it’s wonderful to see a unique approach – great job, Kirt

  3. Teagan R. Geneviene

    Yay! I love balloons, Kirt — they’re such happy images. I really like the effects and colors on these. The “Stand it Up” image has terrific detail too. I think that’s my favorite.
    They all go with one of my favorite quotes… Robert G. Ingersoll, “We rise by lifting others.”

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  5. Sue Slaght

    As you might imagine Kirt I adore these bright beautiful images. I can almost here the air oozing out of the balloon that is on its side. Love the technique. I’m smiling that much more today for having seen these beauties.

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