Sunday, November 27, 2011

“The Climb” Wins the ‘President’s Award’ International Museum of Art, El Paso, Texas

by Debbie Flood

The Climb Medium Web view

The Studio of Debbie Flood is very proud to announce that the Watercolor Painting The climb has won the President’s Award at the International Museum of Art, Sun Bowl Exhibit 2011 in El Paso, Texas.

The Sun Bowl Exhibit is an Annual International juried competition, this year juried by Tim Gallegly, Nationally known artist.

This is the second year that Debbie has had work accepted in this prestigious Museum Exhibit and Sale.

The Sun Bowl is the Southwest's longest running art exhibit.  Originally dubbed the Sun Carnival Art Exhibit at its inception in 1949, the International Museum of Art continues the long El Paso tradition of the integration of artistic and athletic excellence.

Each year, the International Museum of Art sponsors the Sun Bowl Art Exhibit, a juried competition featuring the top artists from all over the country. The exhibit is held in conjunction with the Sun Bowl festivities, and typically runs from November to December. Check our calendar for exact dates.

Since the International Museum of Art is along the Sun Bowl Parade route and houses the Sun Bowl sponsor parade viewing party, this exhibit provides an opportunity for all involved in the Sun Bowl festivities to see this yearly show.

This year the Exhibit runs November 5 – December 31, 2011

While the Sun Bowl Art Exhibit is on display, the public is welcome to come and view the works at this, the Southwest’s largest juried art exhibit. All items on display in the exhibit are available for purchase and selected items are also available in our online store.

Other works of Debbie’s that are hanging in this Exhibit include the Grumpy Draft Pictured below:

Grumpy Draft Medium Web view

And Rumbles in the sky pictured below.

Rumbles in the sky Medium Web view

We wish to thank everyone who follows and supports the Art of Debbie Flood. Without all of you, these milestones would not be possible.

~Debbie Flood

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

More Progress on the Black Horse and Cowboy on the run “Moon shine run” Watercolor by Debbie Flood


Moon shine run progress 6 Medium Web view

Moon shine run progress 5 Medium Web view

The lower photo shows the progress from Sunday and Monday.

The top photo shows today’s progress. Today I worked on the rider’s face. Strangely enough, he came out looking like Kenny Rodgers, or Santa Clause! ha ha…pick one! I would rather not think of Santa Clause going after Moon-Shine…ha ha, so I shall pick it to be Kenny Rodgers. I mean, after all, he did play the Gambler, and sang a few of those ‘tough’ songs.

Other areas I worked on were the rider’s jacket, and down the left leg and stirrup. I am having such fun with this painting!

Today, I went and took care of my Print Proofs at the printer’s. Three new paintings are ready for print orders. The proofs look wonderful! We are all set to start the Limited Edition Run of 50 and also, I am introducing Original Hand Painted Prints! These Prints are 100% Archival, printed on Arches Velvet Watercolor Paper. A nice heavy paper too. I hand paint with my watercolors into the print. It creates a nice rich glow, that cannot be achieved by printing alone. These prints are a little more expensive to purchase, but so worth it! They come with a Certificate of Authenticity, so you know you are getting a genuine Debbie Flood Original Hand Painted Print. They are also hand signed by the Artist.

New Release Prints available are:

Angels walk among us Medium Web view

Angels walk among us

Limited Edition of 50. 19 x 22 Inches $250.00 Not Framed

Hand Painted Print. 19 x 22 Inches $450.00 Not Framed

Tell me it's ok Large Web view        

Tell me it’s ok

Limited Edition of 50. 14.5 x 11 Inches $70.00 Not Framed

Hand Painted Print. 14.5 x 11 Inches $170.00 Not Framed

Minor adjustments Large Web view

Minor Adjustments

Limited Edition of 50. 15 x 18 Inches $100.00 Not Framed.

Hand Painted Print. 15 x 18 Inches $350.00 Not Framed


If you are interested in Framing, Please contact the Studio for price quotes and also shipping quotes. All Prints will be double matted in an off white mat with either a wood or metal frame, decided by the Customer at the time of ordering.

Paypal is accepted and encouraged, but the Studio also accepts Personal Checks as well as Money Orders and Bank Checks.

Down Payments and Monthly Payment Plans are also available.

Please Allow 3-4 weeks for Delivery of your un-framed Print in the USA.

Allow 6-8 Weeks for Delivery of a Framed Print in the USA. 

Thank you. We look forward to hearing from you, and to help you add to your collection, or to start your new Debbie Flood Collections.           

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Royal Gardener's Eden

Just finished a commission this week, a portrait of Eden will bring much joy to the presently broken hearts of her owners. She died suddenly in October, and her owners are devastated. However, they have watched as the painting progressed on my own blog,, and told me the painting has brought her back to life for them. What more could an artist ask for? My job is to make people very, very happy--because when they're happy, so am I!

‘Moon Shine Run’, Black horse, Cowboy, Full Tilt through the Canyon Desert at Night! In Progress By Debbie Flood


Moon shine run progress 3 Medium Web view

How exciting! Riding full tilt through a Canyon Desert at night! Nothing but the light of Moon illuminating the way!

I’ve been wanting to paint a Moon light scene for a few months now. I just never seemed to have the right composition or story for the night scene. Then the other evening, I was browsing through my photos, I had taken at various horse events here in Maine, and found this man and horse, full gallop! I thought about the rocks I had seen when I was in Arizona, and how they jutted up out of the ground and reached for the sky. I thought about the cactus, and prickly pear, that grew there, and decided to put this pair in that scene. As I got it sketched out, I realized, that it would be even more exciting, to have them full tilt at night! And the play on words for a title came to mind Moon shine run. This Watercolor Painting is 20 x 16 inches on 300lb Arches Cold Press Paper.

I’m having a lot of fun with this one. It seems to be really stretching my brain! The angles, the shadows, and the light that is absent of warmth. The Moon is behind them, so there is the outline of moonshine on their outer edges.

This painting will be taking a lot of layers to get the colors toned down and give the atmosphere of night.

~Debbie Flood

Monday, November 14, 2011

“Canyon Shadows” and “Minor Adjustments” Western Art Watercolors by Debbie Flood


Canyon shadows Medium Web view

I finished two watercolors, since I last posted.

This one is Canyon shadows, 16 x 16 inches square on 300lb Arches Watercolor Paper.

During my trips out West, I saw a lot of different rock formations, and the shadows became spirits of the west, to me. Large birds of prey would fly over-head and their shadows would flicker across the ground, rocks, and on me. When I started this painting, I didn’t have a thought about those shadows, until I got a little more into the painting, and I realized what was spooking the horse and making the young Cowgirl look quickly. This shadow of the Eagle coasts across the canyon and soars up across the horse and rider. I could have worked up more detail in the background and brought you along on my exact journey, but because I see so many different things in this painting, I decided to stop here, and let you ‘see’ what might be there, for spirits, feelings, and shapes. Enjoy.

I want to thank Darren Corson, for the use of his gorgeous Eagle in flight photograph, for the shape of this Eagle shadow.


Minor adjustments Large Web view

Minor adjustments 15 x 18 Watercolor on 300lb Arches paper.

This New Mexico Watercolor painting is finally finished. This one is headed to the Photographer and Printer Tomorrow. If you are interested in a Limited Edition Print of 50, let me know. The prints will be the same size as the original on velvet Watercolor paper with a one inch white border. $100.00 USD.

This painting is of the Tour Guide that took me and a few others out on a Horse back ride in the forests and Mountains of Angel Fire, New Mexico. I just love the land out there, and the horses were great!

I hope you enjoy these two paintings, and if you are interested in purchasing, as always, you can send me an email. I’d love to hear from you.

Have a great week.


Sunday, November 13, 2011

Ranch rodeo cowboy....

Cowboy on Blaze Faced Sorrel Horse wrappedcanvas
Cowboy on Blaze Faced Sorrel Horse by thecowboystore

Beautiful blaze faced sorrel horse at the rodeo-this image shows the working gear of a real cowboy.  This photo was taken at a genuine Montana Ranch Rodeo.  Ranch rodeo is a bit different from other rodeos.  In these rodeos, local cowboys from neighboring ranches get together, form teams and compete against each other for the big prizes.
Events are a bit different from rodeo events, and are more like actual work performed on the ranch.
When you watch a ranch rodeo, chances are, you know many of the contestants, and you're very involved with the outcome and the antics that produce that outcome!  The wild cow milking is one of everyone's favorite events.
This horse and rider are just waiting for their turn, to rope a calf for the "branding" event.
Hope you enjoyed hearing about ranch rodeo and seeing this image.
Donna Ridgway

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Holiday Sale on Western Art Prints & A Book! by Debbie Flood

American honey Medium Web view

American Honey:

Prints ON SALE for the Christmas Season! I have 3 Open Edition Prints of "American Honey" left here in the Studio. These prints are 10 x 9.25 with a 1 inch white border. I have hand signed each one, in the white border, lower right corner. These Prints normally sell for $45.00. I am offering them for $40.00! A little more than 10% off. Happy Holidays! Shipping in the USA $5.95
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Best seat in the house Medium Web view

Best seat in the house:
Prints ON SALE for the Christmas Season! I have 3 Open Edition Prints of "Best seat in the house" left here in the Studio. These prints are 9.5 x 10 with a 1 inch white border. I have hand signed each one, in the white border, lower right corner. These Prints normally sell for $45.00. I am offering them for $40.00! A little more than 10% off. Happy Holidays! Shipping in the USA $5.95
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Grumpy Draft Medium Web view

Grumpy Draft:

Prints ON SALE for the Christmas Season! I have 3 Open Edition Prints of "Grumpy draft" left here in the Studio. These prints are 10 x 12 with a 1 inch white border. I have hand signed each one, in the white border, lower right corner. These Prints normally sell for $45.00. I am offering them for $40.00! A little more than 10% off. Happy Holidays! Shipping in the USA $5.95
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For more Prints, visit the website of Debbie Flood.


Children and their 4-Legged Friends, A Series of  Watercolor Paintings and Poems by Debbie Flood.

book1 Medium Web view

This is the 1st book to go to print by Debbie Flood.

There are a few books left in the studio and they are now on sale.

Soft Cover Sale Price: $27.95

Hard Cover with Dust Jacket: $38.95                                                 

Shipping is separate.



Monday, November 7, 2011

Group exhibit in Southern Pines, NC includes horse sculptures by Morgen Kilbourn

My first show is going on for the next 6 weeks at the Campbell House in the very horsie community of Southern Pines NC. My first bronze artist’s proof, hot out of the foundry (!) was featured in the show along with 10 other sculptures. In the gift shop they also have some pins and magnets I’ve done to make some affordable fun works for all ages.

The exhibit features artists Jane Casnellie, Tony Corcoran, (me) Morgen Kilbourn, Diane Kraudelt and Karen Meredith. On exhibit through December 16, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., weekdays. Free and open to the public. Info., 910-692-ARTS (2787) or’

Opening night on Friday evening was packed to the rafters with a near record 250 attendees. I’m sure in part this was due to this wonderful write up in the “The Pilot”;

It was such an honor to be asked to include my work in this show with such talented artists! Everyone's support really helped me to overcome being nervous in my first time out. Jane's skill as a hostess ensured that everyone had a wonderful time!