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, $255.00USD Shipping extra.

Rides Many Moons 7 x 5 oil Medium Web view

Rides Many Moons, 7 x 5 Oil on Panel. SALE PENDING

 

Rough Trail 8 x 10 oil Medium Web view

Rough Trail, 8 x 10 Oil on Panel , $115.00USD Shipping extra.

 

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.

Deborah

 

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.

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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

http://www.internationalmuseumofart.net/
http://www.internationalequineartists.com/

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
Address:
256 High Street
Belfast, Maine 04915
Website: http://www.waterfallarts.org

~Deborah Flood
http://www.debfloodart.com

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

http://www.debfloodart.com

Friday, January 24, 2014

Oil Painting in Progress of an Elk, by Deborah Flood

 

Elk Progress Large Web view

 

I have always worked in Oils, at some points during my life. I used to work with them a lot, but as I started to sell more works, it seemed my Watercolors sold more than the oils. Of course that could be because I had more watercolors to offer.

The last year, I had to work mainly in Watercolors, as I had to create them for a solo exhibit in the International Museum of Art of El Paso, Texas. They requested 40 works!

Now that exhibit is over, and it was great, I might add, I have set up a section of my studio to get back into some oils again.

This Oil Painting in Progress, is the blocking in stage of a new Oil on an Oil Primed Linen Canvas Panel. 16 x 20 inches.

This is an Elk that I had the privilege of photographing a couple Summers ago in Angel Fire, New Mexico.
The image above shows the progress of today's work. Not bad coverage for the first pass over. Once this is dry, I will be layering more upon it and adding in details.

Thank you for stopping by and taking a look.

~Deborah

Tuesday, January 07, 2014

Fathers, Straw Hats, Puppies and Art. How they are intertwined. By Deborah Flood

 

Contented Medium Web view

Some times, some real special things happen, and when they do, it’s fun to go back and connect the dots, of how you got from point A to point B.

This is one special story that I am putting on the top shelve in my memory bank, to go over and over again.

In the year of 2010, my dad and mom had come to the house for a visit. My dad was wearing this really pretty straw hat he got for a bargain at a major department store. He was pretty proud of that hat and the purchase he had made.

As I stood back and looked at all the intricate layers of straw and different colored beads that wrapped around the hat, I got creatively excited! I said to him “Don’t move! I need reference photos!”.  Of course, this is nothing new to him, and he patiently got into “model mode” for me, while I snapped away with the camera. The watercolor painting above, titled Contented, is the result of that session.

After Dad’s session with the hat model, I had my son wear it in different ways, and he really had to dig down deep for his patience, while his mom snapped away again! You know how boys get, with the eye rolls and slouching down out of the chair until he hit the floor in boredom!

From there, the Straw Hat Series was born!

When I went to local horse shows, suddenly I noticed many different kinds of straw hats, being gorgeously displayed upon gorgeous heads of hair and sun glasses keeping them incognito! And with horses at that! By then, the reference photos of straw hats was mounting up!

One particular warm Summer day, I had taken a trip to a Summer Maine Country Fair. And just to my luck, there was a Maine Barrel Racing Event going on! And “Oh My Gosh”!!! There were a lot of straw hats at that event! And, yes, I had camera in tow! This one particular hat really stood out to me. It was white, and had so many peep holes through it. It sat upon this beautiful red wavy hair. The woman also was working with a Dun Buckskin Paint horse. The white of the horse, the hat, the red hair, and the intricate bead work on the bridle…oh…my!

Knot listening 2 Large Web view

From that came the watercolor Knot Listening, Pictured here, above.

The Series took on a focus, of the Hat’s perspective, and what the hats are doing or maybe thinking. It has nothing to do with the human under it, or the animals involved in the composition. Or so I thought. I sometimes forget, that sometimes, just sometimes, Art takes on it’s own meaning, no matter what story or moment of thought that I think I can apply to it! Usually something way more remarkable comes from it. As with this particular painting and Series in general.

Okay, those two paintings and several others have been created since then. The one mentioned above, Knot Listening, was accepted into a few juried exhibits, won an Award, and helped me get juried into a prestigious Membership or two.

So, lets fast forward to December 2013.

As many of us often do, I’m taking a moment to stream on through Facebook, to see what my family, friends, and art connections are up to. It was an innocent enough of a stream, I’m clicking “like”, I’m writing a comment here and there and having a good ol’ time. I was on there, as I had a bit of extra time on my hands, being Christmas and New Years Holiday and the family all home. Maybe too much time on my hands??

About a year or so ago, I had become connected on Facebook with the lady wearing the hat, in the painting Knot Listening. The horse world is small, and people were noticing what was popping up for paintings of mine. Which is pretty cool.

So, she had expressed many times through the years, how much she loved that painting. It was always in the back of my mind, thinking, to bad she couldn’t have that painting. But, being in a business, I couldn’t just give it away. It had a good track record and was well worth the price it carried. It had gone to a Gallery for awhile, been to exhibits, and still found it’s way back to my studio. So, lately, I’d been thinking about, what was I going to do with it? I didn’t want to ebay it, it’s too good for that. So there it hung, on my studio wall.

okay, back to the Christmas vacation of 2013, on facebook, thinking I was minding my own business…ha ha…yeah..right!

Photos of Puppies catch my eyes! Yah, I know, we see puppies all the time, those cute faces, along with all those other cute animal faces on Facebook! But…these guys were different. Hmmm, three left from a litter. And, they were here in Maine. Wow, not too far from me. Okay, so I’d help out my Maine friend, who just happened to be the lady in the Knot Listening painting, and I shared her photo of the three pups looking for a home.  Okay, should I have done THAT?! ha ha…can you see where this might be going? Now, everyday, I have these three pups staring at me when I went to my profile page! Oh, great. Then my 13 year old son sees them and then my 18 year old son sees them. Oh no. Oh, there is one that just spoke to us through that computer screen. Oh gosh. He’s a pure bred Mini Aussie Shepherd pup! Black Tri with one blue eye.

A few days pass, and I keep seeing that cute whiskered face. Finally, dialog is opened up, between me and the owner. We discuss the price of the pup, among other things. The only thing I have of that amount to offer, is a work of art in trade. The only work of art that I have, that is of interest to her, is Knot Listening.

We both agree, that if I am the right fit for this pup, we will exchange the painting for the pup.

On the phone, she shares with me, “That Straw Hat, that I am wearing in the painting, is the last thing my father gave me, before he passed on.”

She is the proud owner of a Deborah Flood Original Watercolor, and I am the proud owner of “Joey” an Aussie Shepherd!! From Kicks and Giggles Mini Aussies!
All because of a couple of Straw Hats, that our Fathers had shared with us.

joey

Photo courtesy of Kicks and Giggles Mini Aussies

And this is what I’ve been doing with my time, since the 1st weekend of January!

Life is a journey, full of stepping stones and surprises, and isn’t it a fun journey!

~Deborah Flood

http://www.debfloodart.com

 

Monday, December 30, 2013

American Society of Traditional Artists ASTA Exhibit Deborah Flood

 

January 4 – February 16, 2014

Arizona Art Alliance Gallery,

Scottsdale, AZ.

ASTA Website for more info: http://www.astartists.com/index.htm

 

ASTA 2014 OUTSIDE copy 2 Large Web view

 

ASTA 2014 INSIDE copy 1 Large Web view

La Grace, Game of Graces Large Web view

La Grace Watercolor on 300lb Watercolor Paper will be on exhibit and for sale with some of the leading Master Artists of Today, at the Arizona Art Alliance, Scottsdale, Arizona.

Deborah Flood

http://www.debfloodart.com

Monday, December 16, 2013