Each year I have an intention to try something that I have never done before. It usually takes place around the time of my birthday and I have experienced a lot of cool things over the years. Some of the things were a one time deal, like surfing, which was awesome fun, very scary and exhausting. Other things have become a part of my life, like roller blading which I have enjoyed off and on for about 15 years.
A few summers ago, my daughter and I celebrated a big birthday by taking a ride in a hot air balloon. We were vacationing in Park City, Utah, one of my favorite places on the planet and it was a really special treat. It was too windy that day to go up in Park City so the balloon company took us to the nearby Heber Valley and we launched from a field there. It was an incredible experience, my only regret was that the other company that went up that day went much higher and travelled a bit farther up the valley before landing. This year I hope to go again on my birthday, in Park City and with the company that goes way up high and see a different mountain range.
I did this painting from a photo I took on my big birthday. I am pretty happy with the perspective and hope to give the viewer that feeling of vertigo and kind of falling out of the sky. I want to paint some of the other photos I took that day and play around with the colors so stay tuned…….