Hot Air Balloons Painting


This was a commissioned piece—-I thought you might like to see its evolution. The couple wanted a painting for their baby’s nursery that would grow with their daughter—i.e. not be too babyish when she grows older. They were totally open to me choosing the subject matter, but I wanted a little direction. The room is varying shades of aqua, so I started with color and asked them for photos of blue things from their recent trip to Turkey.

When I saw photos of the balloons in the blue sky over the mountains, I was hooked. The balloons were whimsical and colorful enough to be child-friendly and at the same time specific to a particular moment. I’m hoping the painting will remind them of a special day on their trip.

This is another of those projects that has been coming together for several months.

Here is the initial underpainting:


Next layers:





And the final layer, which is the first image in this post.

In other news, really enjoyed Lake Bell’s film In a World, now available on Netflix. And currently reading The Royal We by Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan. Very fun read.

2 thoughts on “Hot Air Balloons Painting

  1. As you may or may not know, one of the main features of Kingsport’s Fun Fest held each July for the past 35 years includes a hot air balloon race. This usually occurs on the last Saturday of Fun Fest with about 20 hot air balloons taking off from a street down town, once in the morning and again in the afternoon if weather is permissible. It’s my favorite feature of the Fun Fest. I like your selection of hot air balloons and your rendition of them. GD Bob

    Date: Tue, 26 May 2015 18:59:49 +0000 To:

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