Friday, July 16, 2010

A Hot Air Balloon Festival and an Online Class...

We got to see hot air balloons up close and personal last weekend...

What is it about a big blue sky and a brilliantly colored hot air balloon that is so amazing to look at?

We had absolutely perfect weather last weekend to watch the hot air balloons that were taking of from the campground where my parents' camper is permanently parked. It was a little warm but the sky was clear, and blue, and the balloons were incredible! This was the closest I had ever been to them- they are MASSIVE when you are this close...

The people who were setting up, and filling the balloons with hot air really had to work hard! When the burners went off to fill the balloon, three or four people had to hold the basket down so it wouldn't float away (although the balloons themselves were tethered to the ground until take off). The girls had a blast - I was thankful though that neither of them wanted to go for a ride! They had fun just watching all of the excitement from the ground...


Speaking of excitement, I have decided to take an online class from Alisa Burke on color. The class is called "Color Your World", you can sign up at http://alisaburke.blogspot.com/ . I also bought a Moleskine journal a couple of weeks back. I have always kept a written journal, but lately have been trying out a little bit of art journaling. It's a bit odd for me, I have all of these ideas in my head all day long at work, yet when I get home and open up that journal, I just stair at the blank pages. I plan on using the journal for my color class - this way, I will have some assignments and some inspiration to get me started! I have always created things for as long as I can remember, but I have always made "things": gifts for people, something that is useful, or has a purpose. It has only been within the last year, that I have really thought about creating just for the sole purpose of creation and expression. Sometimes (and I know this is just mommy-guilt) I feel like if I am creating just to play and create, I should be doing something more constructive. I know this is a ridiculous thought so I'm hoping this class and the art journal will help me break that destructive thought process! Have a wonderful week!

2 comments:

Grace said...

Hot air balloon are so much fun to watch. We have been to 3 balloon festivals - pure magic.

Enjoy your class!!

I wanted to email you something but cannot find your email address. Will you email me at gracescotkeith at hotmail dot com?

(This is Grace from My Year in Haiku!)
Thanks!

Lee said...

time to get OVER that guilt. You need "ME" time too- and yes, I often suffer from it too! LOL