Ready For Boarding and Up In The Air We Go

In this weeks blog I’m featuring two Hot Air Balloon art prints that I haven’t shared before. I have shared a number of my prints in prior blogs and they all go back to two locations: Coastal San Diego or Avondale, Arizona (Phoenix metropolitan area). I go back to the photo shoots from both areas and always think of different techniques I could try for creating new art. The one consistency between both is that I typically capture hot air balloons in the many stages of inflation as it creates unique art pieces. That’s not to say I haven’t also captured your typical “sailing in the air” moments. Today I’m sharing two pieces that show both inflated ready to fly and half inflated balloons being prepped for flight. I created both using an abstract drawing and watercolor technique that creates the general forms and look, without the specific detail. The colors and patterns on the balloons speak for themselves making each one a unique art piece.

The first one is “Ready For Boarding” which focuses on an inflated balloon ready to be boarded for flight. The perspective is a close cropped aspect of the gondola tied into the balloon that is “Ready for Boarding”.

Ready for Boarding

The next print is another balloon ready for flight, but in this perspective I depicted the entire balloon with a back ground of other balloons being inflated.

Up Into The Air We Go

Thoughts? As I have said before, everyone reacts to visual art techniques and looks differently, so I am not in the least offended by opinions. 

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19 thoughts on “Ready For Boarding and Up In The Air We Go

      1. Diane Henders

        I loved it! The part that surprised me was the fact that there was no wind. I’m so used to gauging movement by the air against my face, it was a shock to realize that we were moving WITH the wind. As you say, it was very peaceful!

  1. Dan Antion

    It’s so cool to see these close-in, Kirt. I’ve only ever seen them in the air. They are beautiful, but you don’t get the sense of scale you do in these prints. Good job.

    1. Kirt D Tisdale Post author

      Than you very much Dan!! That’s one of the reasons I have taken so many up close and personal shots of them being heated up for flight. It gives you a different perspective!! Thanks for stopping by. Have a great week!


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