Hot Air Balloons – The Inspiration of the Envelope

Most of us appreciate the beauty of a hot air balloon sailing gracefully through the air, rising and descending. What draws our attention is the balloon itself which is called the envelope. Today the colors are typically vibrant with bright shapes and colors. This week I’m featuring three hot air balloon art prints I created using a soft, somewhat abstract watercolor approach.

This first print focuses on the envelope being heated up, which I thought was a unique look to feature with the bright flame shooting upward. I used strong bold lines to create the overall shape and then filled in the areas with bright colors using a soft air brush look.

Evening Glow Red and Yellow Watercolor

This next one is still on the ground, but getting ready to rise. Same technique with the bold lines, but I wanted the contrast between the colorful envelope and the sky (ground at the bottom of the print) to be highlighted.

Peach Hot Air Balloon Night Glow Watercolor

This last one highlights the many colors of this particular balloon and keeps that the focal point.

The Yellow and Blue Balloon


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42 thoughts on “Hot Air Balloons – The Inspiration of the Envelope

    1. Kirt D Tisdale Post author

      Thanks Ryan!! I have only flown in one once… what a serene and peaceful experience. We had sunset balloon flights in San Diego that would take off from the coast and float inland. From where we lived, we could see them floating across the horizon most evenings. One one of our anniversaries, my wife and I decided to do it….incredible experience if you ever get the chance!!

  1. D. Wallace Peach

    All so interesting and beautiful, Kirt. I love the first and the way the balloon blends into the area around it. It gives a sense of movement and a hint of heat. You’re so creative!

    1. Kirt D Tisdale Post author

      They are fun…we went to a night glow balloon festival in Phoenix a few years back…awesome…they stay tied down but fire up the flames illuminating the brilliant colors of the balloons.

  2. Americaoncoffee

    I love the colors and proximity that emphasizes do well the volume of air and the intensity of energy. Have a wonderful week ahead, Kirt!๐Ÿ‚๐Ÿฎ๐Ÿ‚๐Ÿฎ๐Ÿ’ž

  3. Sue Slaght

    Kirt I recall a previous post of your hot air balloons and I love this one as well. At first glance I was not as keen on the abstract approach to your previous one that had more detail. Yet as I looked longer, my imagination began conjuring up ideas of who might be in the balloons or what was in the background. Were they sitting on the ground or floating in the sky? So a very different effect but these then being more intriguing in the way they inspired my imagination. Beautiful post.

    1. Kirt D Tisdale Post author

      Wow….thank you very much for your thoughtful feedback, Sue! I like the abstract type of approach as it does allow your imagination to wander around the visual input and I know thatโ€™s not for everyone (my wife is so not a fan:)….) and thatโ€™s ok…we all see things slightly differently. Having said that, I truly do appreciate your perspective and for having taken the time to give it!!! Have a great week and thanks again!!

  4. Jet Eliot

    I so enjoyed this unique look at hot air balloons, Kirt. Your flair for vibrant colors is always one of my favorite things about your art, and the abstract features here and black lines were wonderful. I espec. liked the first one because of the flame. The bursts of fire are always foundational in a hot air balloon, but we often do not see them in visual art.

    1. Kirt D Tisdale Post author

      Wow….can I say you just made my day!! I had fun with these and I love hot air balloons. I appreciate your kind feedback. Thank you for stopping by and for the generous remarks!! Have a great week!!

  5. Diane Henders

    More hot air balloons, how lovely! But I have to confess that every time I see them being filled, I think back to the early days of hot-air ballooning when the balloons were made of flammable materials. All that open flame always gives me a little shudder.

    1. Kirt D Tisdale Post author

      I hadnโ€™t thought about that…I became so use to seeing them float on the horizon most evenings when we lived in San Diego. It is a truly peaceful experience to quietly float through the air until the flame comes in….itโ€™s pretty loud when they have to turn it on. Thanks for stopping by!! Hope all is well…getting into your new book:))


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