Inflating Hot Air Balloons

I’m featuring three art prints this week that present hot air balloons in an aspect we usually don’t see in pictures….the inflation process. I like to work with different perspectives of things that aren’t usually presented and this part of the hot air balloon process isn’t usually captured. I also took it one step further and used a fauvist style of painting to add an additional element to these depictions. The one standard left alone is the colorful aspect hot air balloons typically represent.

Balloon Collage
Balloon Collection
Almost Ready


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28 thoughts on “Inflating Hot Air Balloons

  1. D. Wallace Peach

    Those are so vibrant, Kirt. I love the colors and the style, and the interesting shapes they make as they’re inflated. I love the first because it’s the most mysterious of the three… almost a strange landscape. 🙂

  2. Diane Henders

    Love it! Fauvism is a perfect style to depict hot air balloons! The blowing-up process is fascinating, especially when a whole flock of balloons are going up together. When I used to live in Calgary, there were sometimes a dozen or more balloons in various stages of inflation at a launch point. Thanks for the bright happy images, and the good memories! 🙂

    1. Kirt D Tisdale Post author

      Wow!! You made my day!! Glad this brought up the type of memories I have that led me to create them. Hot air balloons were a common thing at sunset in San Diego taking you from the coast to float peacefully inland. I enjoyed the experience and had a fun creating this aspect of the experience!!

  3. Teagan Riordain Geneviene

    What fun! I saw that process up close and personal one time (in Albuquerque 15 years ago). At one point, my back was turned, and one of the gas jets got turned on, just a few feet from me. I jumped out of my skin. LOL. It’s all fascinating to me though.
    I love the vibrant colors you used, Kirt. Perfect. Hugs on the wing.

    1. Kirt D Tisdale Post author

      I thought the inflation part was so interesting and not what most people see or associate as a visual perception of a hot air balloon. I had fun creating these and of course went with a colorful abstract approach!! To your experience…the jets are louder than most people realize and I think any of us would have jumped out of their skin….lol!!!!

  4. lorriebowden

    These are super, Kirt! I really love them. It’s like you caught something between real life and an abstract world…just the right amount of both!
    Hope things are really great in your world!

    1. Kirt D Tisdale Post author

      Thank you for your kind words, Lorrie!! I had fun with these and found the different looks of the inflation process intriguing!! All’s well here….we are getting ready to move up to the Seattle area to be near two of our three girls and there husbands oh and another grand baby on the way!! Our LA daughter/husband and the two grandchildren love Seattle and will be doing frequent flyers up often!!

      1. lorriebowden

        Wow, Kirt…that is great news! Congrats!! It is so important to have that family connection…I am grateful that I am close to a sister and of course my son😊
        Hope the move goes well…I’m sure you will have some beautiful country to capture in your photographs!! Sweet Blessings 🙏

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