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Desert Glows – Hot Air Balloon Photo Shoot

In last week’s post of the Super Bowl football stadium, I alluded to the fact that we stopped at the stadium on our way to a hot air balloon festival. Today I want to share shots from that event. We timed our arrival right at dusk along with a million other people. After about 45 minutes just to get into the grounds of the festival and park, we were off to enjoy the part we wanted to experience and that is called the “Desert Glows”. As dusk approaches, the balloon operators start filling the envelopes with hot air inflating the balloons one by one. As the sky darkens, an announcer comes over the loudspeaker and introduces the balloon operators. Then music is started and the balloons are coordinated as they light themselves up in beat to the music. Without further ado…seven shots from the Avondale, Arizona 2015 Hot Air Balloon Festival’s “Desert Glows”.

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Desert Glows 3

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Desert Glows 7

Desert Glows 7

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The Red and Yellow Balloon – Featured Art Print

The art print I wanted to feature today is from my Hot Air Balloon Collection titled “The Red and Yellow Balloon”.  The print is of a bright red and yellow hot air balloon as it lifts off the ground in flight. It is done with a whimsical abstract drawing and watercolor technique highlighting the bright colors of the balloon envelope.

The sunset hot air balloon rides are very popular in San Diego. Because of the ocean breezes, that area is known for sunset flights. It’s not unusual almost any time of year to see up to 10-12 hot air balloons dot the sky during this time of day. The most prominent thing to see is the bright colors of the balloons against the blue sky. This collection celebrates the shapes and colors of the balloons during all processes of preparation and flight. This particular print is my interpretation of the bright colors and the classic shape of a hot air balloon. I used an abstract drawing technique to create the suggestion of the balloon and then bright watercolors for the visual impact. I love the pockets of color as they circle the balloon creating massive stripes. For this balloon it is the bright red starting at the top with brilliant yellow below it. Pockets of other colors complete the balloon. This type of art print would work very well in a modern or contemporary interior design, as it becomes the visual focal point of a wall with the intensity of the colors. Thoughts?

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“Hot Air Balloons” The Art Print of the Week

The art print of the week is from my Hot Air Balloon Gallery. This print is a watercolor of two hot air balloons. The balloon in the background is already gaining altitude and the one in the foreground is just getting ready for liftoff. This print is inspired by the sunset hot air balloon rides in San Diego. They take off just before sunset near the coast and then drift slowly inland as they gain altitude. As the sun sets, the balloons slowly return to earth. The view is incredible rising to 4000 ft above sea level….to the west the Pacific Ocean and to the east the mountains with all of San Diego County lying below.

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