Thursday, 6 November 2014

Morning hot air balloon ride over Bath

I recently got the chance to go on a hot air balloon ride. What an amazing experience! And what better place to do this than flying over the gorgeous city of Bath. It was a beautiful sunny morning in August. We took off from Victoria Park and flew over the city, then Bradford-on-Avon, and finally landed in a farmer's field in Trowbridge. Now, before you get the wrong idea, no - I didn't take my easel and brushes on board. I might paint quickly, but I'm not speedy Gonzales. However, I took several photographs during the flight and did many little studies back in my studio. I just love it when I get inspired by a series/concept and paint various paintings with a theme in mind. Here is below the result, the paintings are shown in the chronological order from the flight:

Morning hot air balloon ride - the back of Marlborough Buildings  10"x6"  oil on board


Morning hot air balloon ride - The Royal Crescent  10"x8"  oil on board


Morning hot air balloon ride - The Circus  10"x8" oil on board


Morning hot air balloon ride - overlooking Bath  10"x8"  oil on board


Morning hot air balloon ride - countryside between Bath and Bradford-on-Avon  10"x8"  oil on board


Morning hot air balloon ride - fields near Bradford-on-Avon  10"x8"  oil on board


I have done these paintings gradually during the last three months and I might do more in the future, or maybe scale up some of them as this is a subject that really inspires me.

Below here are a few photographs taken at take off and during the flight.

The happy crew - I'm at the back on the left with my partner Jon


  1. Superb, I did saw one on FB and thought what on Earth is that?!
    I thought it was some sort of dam, but all covered in grass, ...

    Super and for real REAL plein air!!!

    1. Thank you René! Glad you like them. I'm not sure you can call them real plein air as I did them from photographs but they were definitely taken up in the air!

    2. great blog :-) I saw the title and thought .. well that beats my scaffold height paintings lol .. lovely series you have produced.

    3. Thank you John! Not pure plein air though but nobody would paint quick enough to do it! :-)