Tuesday, January 06, 2015

Somewhere in the flat oil fields of Texas…at a Denny’s. By Deborah Flood


Somewhere in the flat oil fields of Texas, at a Denny’s, the day was half gone, smothered up by heat vapors dancin’ on the broken tar.

We were on our journey, headed to El Paso, for the first Signature Member Exhibit of the International Equine Artists. My son and I, sat, waiting for the meal that will sustain us for another six hours of driving.

The waitress, looking likes something that walked right out of a 1970’s sitcom, I’m thinking her name must be Flo, took our order.

Oil rigs outside our windows bobbed up and down, casting hard lined shadows on the dry cracked ground below them. To me, they reminded me of those plastic dipping birds, which bob up and down in a glass of water. The rust created interesting textures and colors, as the mid-day sun worked its magic on that metal.

The skies stretched for as far as the eye could see. I’m quite sure I saw the horizon bend as more heat vapors danced and blurred my vision.

Once our bellies were full, and the car sped off in a cloud of hot dust, we sat, riding mile after mile, eating them up like a kid sucks up a plate of spaghetti. The distance between small towns became greater, and the emptiness was replaced by more rusting oil rigs. Some had the company of a lone cow standing in the lower shadows of the big rusty dipping bird. Any sign of green had been left behind, in what was now a distant memory.

Full of weary from the long journey, we were still full of hope and excitement for reaching our destination and friends we had met in the past. Somehow, beauty was shown to me, in the hills of red and yellow rock that lined the horizon, and slowly rose in front of us. As those mounds of rock grew closer, we knew we were finally headed into the mountains of South Western Texas…headed closer to El Paso.

My son and I had made this trip one year before, though we had taken a different route through New Mexico. This part of Texas was all new to us, as we sped past oil plants and a rusty oil rig graveyard. They lay there in a heap of metal, used, spent, with no more dipping left in them. Waiting, hopefully, to be recycled, they were nothing more than occupants of a scrap metal yard.

At times we grabbed a glance of horses. Huddled together, searching for each other’s shade to shield them from the blaze of sun that baked upon their backs. I felt sad and sorry, or maybe empathy, towards them. For having to endure that mid-day heat, though I knew, that surely they were used to this dusty climate, day after day, with no water or rain in sight. Despite their entrapment of the environment, they looked well, and healthy, as if whoever was their care taker, took wonderful care of them. This eased my mind.

It was one more overnight stop, before cruising into El Paso. We checked into a place that was run down, could use a lot of maintenance, and the other dwellers seemed a bit iffy to us. But when you are hot, dusty, and travel weary, you take what you can get in an open land of nothing more than dust, heat and space.

As I expected, people hung out around the room doors that were exposed to the ground floor of icky, for most of the night, and returned in the wee hours of morning. A one inch space under the door was an open invitation for whatever wanted to crawl under there, into the room. My shoes were placed up in a chair, and a few checks under the blankets, before sliding into that bed. Yes, I tucked my pajama pant legs into my socks, despite any heat that tried to suffocate me in my sleep. In the morning, before that unrelenting sun rose, we listened to the nasty mouths of young people, flirting and talking loudly outside our window. Saying things that would make a Crow blush.

I changed into my day clothes, and as I was slipping into those running shoes, I saw a tick crawling across my sneaker. With a loud scream, and a yell to my son, we were out of there! I bet you have never seen a woman pack a car so fast, and check out of a place, in a matter of minutes, and was off in a cloud of dust!

I left my Pajamas in Texas!

By Deborah Flood 8

To be continued……

This writing is Copyrighted 2015. Do Not Copy or use in any form without the written consent of the Author, Deborah Flood.


Friday, December 19, 2014

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Saturday, July 26, 2014

Museum Exhibit: The Horse; Spirit, Art, and Soul. IEA Signature Member Exhibit August 3- September 28, 2014

IEAInv Large Web view


Opening Reception, Artists will be in attendance

The Horse; Spirit, Art, and Soul

A Signature Members exhibit for the Institute of Equine Artists

The public is invited to attend

Please join us for refreshments and hors d'oeuvres


International Museum of Art (IMA)

1211 Montana Ave.

El Paso, Texas 79902



Opening reception: Sunday - August 3rd, 2014 2-4:30 pm

Exhibition concludes September 28th, 2014

The International Museum of Art is proud to present:

The Horse; Spirit, Art, and Soul is a Signature Members exhibition of Equine Art in different media forms.

Founded September 16, 2010 by USA Equine Artist, Deborah Flood, The International Equine Artists was formed for artists who enjoy creating the horse in art. The group started out as a handful of equine artists from the USA, Canada and Australia, who wanted a place to network, share, and have an online community and professional presence. The Organization is based in the USA, but to accommodate those two other Countries, "International" was added to the Business Name. As the group became more popular, more artists from many different Countries around the globe requested to join. The membership has blossomed into a wonderfully diverse group of artists.

Carolyn Casarez, Director
Oscar Navarro, Community Engagement Manager

915 543 6747


All Works are for sale through the Museum.

Participating Signature Member Artists:

Carol Walker, Sue Kroll, Nancy Christy-Moore, Deborah Flood, Carole Andreen Harris, Helen Bailey, Debby Thomas, Jonelle T. McCoy, Thomas Allen Pauley, Kenna Al-Sayed, Bonnie Hamlin, Susan Monty, Mindy Colton, Laurie Justus Pace, Patricia Griffin, Judith Johnson, Yvonne Kitchen.



~Deborah Flood IEA Administration

Thursday, June 12, 2014

“Waiting For You”, Spanish Mustang Watercolor by Deborah Flood


Waiting for you 7 x 5 watercolor Large Web view

"Waiting For You"   Copyright 2014
7 x 5 inches
Deborah Flood.
$3.00USD USA Shipping.
If you would like to purchase this Mustang, there is a paypal button on my website here: http://debfloodart.com/works/1487086/waiting-for-you

I’ve been doing a few small Watercolors, and offering them at a very affordable price. Paypal buttons are included on my website with each painting.

~Deborah Flood  #DeborahFlood


Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Start the Sky First?? No Way! New Oil Paintings by Deborah Flood

Desert Cowgirl 8 x 6 Medium Web view
Desert Cowgirl 8 x 6 Oil on Canvas SOLD, to the UK.
So, I just read on another Social Media, written by a Gallery, “Start the sky first”.
Hmmm….gee…I stopped painting the sky first as of late! I always used to start with the top of the canvas and move down to the horizon. Always the same way, the same results, the same…same….same….
Lately, I’ve made the decision to get back into my oils. Literally, some days (with it all over my hands…hair…face…and probably inside me too!).
I’m creating some little study pieces, 5 x 7 , 8 x 10 and such.
I’ve limited my palette to three colors and a white. It is quite freeing, and not constricting at all. No color choices to make. I mix my own!
What I start with is an under painting, that hopefully will glow through, covering the whole canvas. Then using a wet into wet technique I add my shadows and find my subject matter, and then create shadows upon the land. I find dark shadows, light shadows and work and blend. Then I take that brush with some of those earth colors on it, and I start working the sky. That sky takes on the reflections of the earth, as in real life. The skies aren’t that typical “Blue” we think they are when we look up at the sky. The clouds often reflect lots of color and all that dust that gets kicked up during the day. It’s all up there.
So what does this do for my painting? Well, it creates a uniform painting, like it all flows and belongs in the same image, like it should.
Here are a few more works I’ve been creating with this method. Each sky is a bit different, with a different mood, different glow and different meaning for the story being told.
Enjoy, and if you are interested in making a purchase on the available paintings, give me a holler! debflood@debfloodart.com
Song of the wind 16 x 20 oil Large Web view
Song of the Wind, 16 x 20 Oil on Linen Panel $375.00USD Shipping extra.

Storms a brewing 10 x 8 oil Medium Web view
Storms a Brewing, 10 x 8, Oil on Panel, SOLD

Two from the string 11 x 14 oil Medium Web view
Two from the String, 11 x 14 Oil on Canvas, $255.00USD Shipping extra.

She Rode a Buckskin Horse 11 x 14 oil Medium Web view
She Rode a Buckskin Horse, 11 x 14 Oil on Canvas,SOLD
Rides Many Moons 7 x 5 oil Medium Web view
Rides Many Moons, 7 x 5 Oil on Panel. SOLD

Rough Trail 8 x 10 oil Medium Web view
Rough Trail, 8 x 10 Oil on Panel ,SOLD

Riding through the rain 7 x 5 oil Medium Web view
Riding Through the Rain, 7 x 5 Oil on Panel $70.00USD Shipping extra

Dark Desert Cowgirl 7 x 5 oil  Medium Web view
Dark Desert Cowgirl 7 x 5 Oil on Panel SOLD

Lead a horse to water 16 x 20 oil Large Web view
Lead a Horse to Water, 16 x 20 Oil on Linen Panel $375.00USD Shipping extra.
Thank you for taking a bit of time and looking at my new works.
More can be found at http://www.debfloodart.com if you are so inclined to take a look.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

“The Horse; Spirit, Art, and Soul” The International Equine Artists, Signature Member 2014 Exhibit, at The International Museum of Art of El Paso, By The IEA.

IEA Facebook banner

Invitational IEA Signature Member Exhibit at the International Museum of Art of El Paso.

International Equine Artists Signature Member Exhibit!
"The Horse; Spirit, Art and Soul"
This is the 1st "Signature Member" Exhibit held at:
The International Museum of Art of El Paso
El Paso, Texas, USA.
August 3 -September 28, 2014
Opening Reception August 3,2014 2PM - 4:30PM
International Museum of Art of El Paso
1211 Montana Av.,
El Paso, Texas 79902


Facebook Event Link: https://www.facebook.com/events/556867014411070/

~Deborah Flood, IEA Founder & Administrator. http://www.debfloodart.com

“Print, Open Call Exhibit” at the Waterfall Arts Center, Belfast, Maine. By Deborah Flood

Forward Motion 4 x 6  Large Web view

My Linocut-Block Print, Forward Motion, will be exhibiting in the Waterfall Arts Center "Print, Open Call Exhibit", Belfast Maine. This piece, along with other Artist's hand created Prints will be on display and offered for sale through the Art Center. Info as follows:
Event Dates: 4/4/2014 - 5/30/2014
Reception: 4/4/2014  5PM - 7PM (I plan on attending).
Location: Waterfall Arts Center
256 High Street
Belfast, Maine 04915
Website: http://www.waterfallarts.org

~Deborah Flood

Sunday, February 23, 2014

All The King’s Daughters, Ink & Watercolor Progress by Deborah Flood


"All The King's Daughters" © Deborah Flood 2014
20 x 16
Work in Progress:

All the king's daughters progress 4 Medium Web view

I’m not one to create many paintings with a Religious theme. And I’m not one who shouts about religion from the roof tops, and demand that everyone follow my beliefs. I’m more of a laid back Christian, who seeks her own path and beliefs in a quiet introvert way.

I do love hearing about many of the different Histories, about different religion. It’s interesting to me, and the Missions and Churches in El Paso, Texas really spoke to me. Their architecture, their stories, their stained glass windows. Everything about the era when they were built, the hardships of the people and so much more.
As of late, I have created a few paintings with Some El Paso Mission Doors in them. The colors of the woods, and the history behind those doors, all find their way into my paintings of late.

Am I on a new path? A new Journey? A Spiritual awakening? I don’t know. I just know I am following it, with my paint. And as I go, that horse is always present, or close by, in my art. Horses will always be a constant role model, story teller and spiritual message in my works.

The stained glass window in this painting, All The King’s Daughters, is in the SAN LORENZO CHURCH, El Paso, Texas. I was very fortunate to be able to have visited this Church, and many Missions, on the Mission’s Trail in El Paso, Texas, in July of 2013.

I bet you are asking, why so much yellow? Well, I wanted the challenge! The girls dressed in yellow, with a red detailed rug draped over a Palomino, and red and gold parasol. Placing them in front of that yellow stained glass window. I knew it would present a challenge for me. Yellow isn’t always the easiest color to use. Especially when the objects are placed over one another. So, I am working that out, and seeing what I can do with it. It is very interesting, and keeps my mind engaged with the creative process.

~Deborah Flood