I woke up this morning to the devastating news of a hot air balloon crash that tragically took the lives of 5 people in Albuquerque. So, I decided to honor those 5 people with a hot air balloon art challenge.

I have always wanted to ride in a hot air balloon but it’s also one of my biggest fears. It’s probably one that will never come to fruition because I’m simply too terrified.

But, these beautiful balloons would make for breathtaking art! 

For me, the perfect flight would take place over Walt Disney World. I know, I know, that’s a ‘no fly zone’ area but that doesn’t keep me from dreaming about how that would be complete perfection.

As June is about to end, another flight I’d love to take is over an LGBT pride March. Imagine seeing rainbows in the sky and on the ground.

Whether you live in Chicago, Washington DC, Seattle or Boston, I’m sure you are near skylines that would make actually being in a hot air balloon like participating in a live art show.

How captivating would it be to see fireworks, at a safe distance, from a hot air balloon? 

There are so many ways to participate in this challenge. I think every art technique can be utilized.

Take this digital photography piece by Sanya Petrov. She captured the beauty of the hot air balloon and combined it with flowers and butterflies.

Can a piece be any more delicate than this?! Sanya created a stunning piece of art and we know all our challenge participants will create something equally as unique.



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This challenge comes at a great time if you live in South Africa. Covid is increasing at a very fast rate.

There is a lockdown, curfew and ban on alcohol. Use this challenge, or any of our previous challenges as a way to be productive and spread the word about your art.

Sydney, Australia is also struggling to contain this pandemic. We hope that artists there can find inspiration and create amazing work despite the lockdowns they are enduring. 

For those of you who are new to our challenges, here’s what to do. Create a unique art piece that fits the theme of ‘hot air balloon art’.

It can be a painting, stained glass or even crochet. The creativity and options are endless.

We are so excited to see what you come up with.

Head over to Her Blaze to find out exactly how to submit challenge art. While you’re there, we hope you like what you see and decide to become a Her Blaze artist.

We’d love to have you as part of the family. Not sure you are who we are looking for?

Well, you are the exact artist we need.

As John F. Carlson said, “a picture is a work of art, not because it is ‘modern’, nor because it is ‘ancient’, but because it is a sincere expression of human feeling.” 


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