More Hot Air Balloons in an Abstract Watercolor Look

I have featured hot air balloons from my gallery here a number of times using actual photography and various digital painting styles. Today I wanted to feature three I created using a soft abstract watercolor technique and then going back in and drawing lines to create the shapes of the balloons.

Not shy with color, I love the end result! Thoughts?

Side Notes:

  1. Those of you that follow my blog, I had mentioned that I would be off all of August after having total knee replacement surgery August 8th. Recovery and Physical Therapy has been going well. It’s a long and steady process over a number of months, but I am up and around…walking without assistance (no walker or cane). End of last week I was cleared to start driving (bummer…I was liking being chauffeured around by my wife). So, bottom line getting back in the swing of things!!

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32 thoughts on “More Hot Air Balloons in an Abstract Watercolor Look

    1. Kirt D Tisdale Post author

      Thanks Darlene!! My wife went though this last year, so living through that process with her has helped with how I handle my recovery! I’m getting mobility back ahead of normal expectations… I think because I truly know how important Physical Therapy and consistent exercising is in the recovery process. Feels good to be off meds and actually getting around!!

  1. Teagan R. Geneviene

    Kirt, congratulations on your recovery. I know it’s a lot of long, hard, painful work with physical therapy. Even if you aren’t 100% yet, you have come a long way.

    This is a great day to think of balloons. I love what you did with all of these. Hugs on the wing!

    1. Kirt D Tisdale Post author

      Thanks for the feedback Teagan…thought they were “fun” as a post after my absence!! My wife went through this last year and her and I are both wired similarly in reference to the importance of consistent Physical Therapy….doing the exercises as they are prescribed and as often as they are prescribed. It is a long road and one way over due for me…..I was waiting for Medicare to get mine done after what we went through last year with my wife’s insurance. Ugh…..but worth the wait!!

  2. Author Ryan Callahan

    Beautiful! I watched a hot air balloon take off near our home just last week. I’ve always liked watching them float through the air. I’m glad you are doing good Kirt! I’m praying for you! God bless you and the fam!

    1. Kirt D Tisdale Post author

      Thanks for your prayers Ryan…power of prayer!!!! I have been asking for his healing power and I have to tell you…the surgeons and physical therapists are using me as a “poster child” with how far along I am in my recovery! I have been very diligent and consistent with the exercises, but ultimately it’s His healing power!! Thanks…God bless you and your family!!

  3. Writing to Freedom

    These bold prints are a perfect way to celebrate your recovery. I’m glad to hear you’re up and around Kirt. Keep up the recovery with a little help from your friends and family. 🙂
    Blessings my friend.

    1. Kirt D Tisdale Post author

      Thanks Brad….I feel blessed with how well recovery has gone…it is a long process, but well worth it considering what I was going through prior! I have the other knee to do next year and can’t wait to get that done!! Thanks for the feedback on the prints!! Hope all is well with you my friend!

  4. Felipe Adan Lerma

    Kirt, love the layering you’ve created w/ur line work on the fields of color – lot of dimension, lot of energy movement! That new knee must be agreeing w/you! 😊 My wife still complains, 7 years later, her knee’s still not what it used to be, but I tease her it’s also not what it couldn’t do anymore either, lol! Keep walking and stretching! 😊

    1. Kirt D Tisdale Post author

      Thanks for the feedback on the prints!! Much appreciated! On the knee….both of mine had gotten to bone on bone…even with the discomfort I’m going through after he surgery…it still feels better than pre-surgery. Next year knee 2👍

      1. Felipe Adan Lerma

        Yes, definitely! Bone on bone is like metal on metal on the car brakes – that’s the line my wife’s dr gave us that sealed the deal to have hers done; you’ll be more & more glad over time 😊

  5. Sue Slaght

    So glad to hear the recovery is coming along well. Too bad about having to drive yourself again. 🙂
    These vibrant balloons perhaps a celebration of your road to recovery.

  6. Diane Henders

    I love your bright and happy balloons; and I’m so glad to hear your recovery is going well. Wow, no walker or cane! Hooray! Wishing you steady progress and soon-complete recovery! 🙂


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