The aroma of chiles roasting reminds me that summer is coming to an end and autumn will soon be here. It's my favorite time of year here, with perfect weather and that one magical week in October - the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta!
From October 3 - 11, 2009, the skies will be filled with colorful balloons from all over the world. In the past, there have been as many as 750 balloons participating. There will be mass ascensions, balloon glows, special shapes balloons, competitions, fireworks, arts and crafts, and, of course, lots of great food!
It's always fun to have an out of town guest during this week to share this with. This year I am really excited that my best friend from high school will be out to visit for the first time. So I have lots of ideas, including a ride on the Rail Runner to Santa Fe.
Several years ago, I had an idea for a painting, combining a cactus and hot air balloons. I painted it on a 30"h x 40"w canvas and placed in on consignment in a local frame shop. As I have written many times before, the painting, entitled "Cactus Fiesta" was stolen, along with some other pieces of my art. Luckily, I had some good slides of the painting and so I am at least able to have prints and other items made from this image.
So, to gear up for the balloon fiesta, here are a few of those items from my Zazzle shop. I have posters, greeting cards, postcards, postage stamps and t-shirts, all with this design.
Hope to see you at the balloon fiesta! I'm planning to be out there on the first Saturday morning, handing out some free postcards, enjoying the balloons, taking photos and eating a famous New Mexico style breakfast burrito!