Colorful Hot Air Balloons

I have attached four art prints of hot air balloons. With all four I used an abstract watercolor technique. The technique focuses on the bright colors of the hot air balloons and less on the details of the subject. The balloons stand out prominent with their striped colors.  The bold reds, blues, oranges, greens and yellows take center stage. The shapes are soft and whimsical setting the visual for a hot air balloon experience. The group of prints represent hot air balloons in various stages of preparing for launch and then ultimately lift off.

The setting is a group of hot air balloons getting ready for their sunset ascent. The location is in San Diego County near the coast of the Pacific Ocean. San Diego is famous for its sunset rides. As the sun sets over the Pacific Ocean, the onshore flow of winds decrease allowing the balloons to drift inland and descend for a landing before it gets dark. The trip starts close to the coast and takes you inland about 15 miles. The view is incredible as you ascend over Rancho Santa Fe and quietly drift eastward. For those of us that have lived in that area for years, we are use to seeing up to 15 balloons dot the sky just before sunset.




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45 thoughts on “Colorful Hot Air Balloons

  1. Diane Henders

    I love your images – so bright and colourful! In the late 80s and early 90s there used to be a very active ballooning club in Calgary, and the evening or morning sky would often be filled with balloons. I got to ride in one, and was fascinated by the fact that even though you’re moving, you have no sense of air passing by because you ARE the air (almost). Very cool!

  2. lorriebowden

    So beautiful, Kirt! Love them all 🙂
    My younger sister was enchanted with hot air balloons so for her 17th birthday (a good many years ago 😉 ) our family sent her on a voyage. I can still remember how excited she was as the balloon was untethered and she floated into the heavens!! Good memories.
    Hope you are well and that love shines on you!

    1. Kirt D Tisdale Post author

      What an awesome story Lorrie! There’s nothing like a hot air balloon ride…it is so peaceful and serene since you are going with the wind….Thanks for sharing! Have a great rest of your week.

      1. lorriebowden

        I have not gone on a hot air balloon ride, Kirt…but I did jump out of an airplane…with that same sister! It was AWESOME!! My poor mother was not amused 😉 I only did it once, but my sister went on to free falling…and loved every minute!
        I remember how peaceful (mixed with adrenaline mind you) it was as I slowly drifted to earth.
        Thanks, Kirt…hope you also have a great week! 😃

  3. Felipe Adan Lerma

    Incredibly festive exciting rendition, Kirt! Can feel the excitement of anticipation of lifting off and seeing the sun set! Can also feel the specialness of living where ya’ll are – wonderful! 😊

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