Thursday, October 12, 2017

Open Studio this Weekend!


OPEN STUDIO THIS WEEKEND!

MONIQUE STRAUB STUDIO/GALLERY
at Art on 30th/Ashton Gallery
4434 30th Street, San Diego (Normal Heights area)

Saturday and Sunday, October 14-15
10:00 AM to 5:00 PM

This is the perfect chance to check out my latest work, if you didn't get the
 opportunity to visit my booth at the La Jolla Art & Wine Festival last weekend. 

 The "Art on 30th" community will be just one of the stops on this county-wide art studio tour.
Art on 30th will be represented by 10 artists in residence, and yours truly :) Hope you can stop by.

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

"75 Degrees"

"75 Degrees"
20" x 20" Oil on Canvas
© Monique Straub
Yes, it's 75 degrees outside most days through October, and I'm loving it. Lots of activity in the studio this month, with preparations for the La Jolla Art & Wine Festival this coming weekend, and my Open Studio event on the 14th and 15th. Stop by for a peek!

"75 Degrees" is painted in the vibrant colors of sunset, on 1-1/2" depth gallery wrapped canvas, sides painted black, ready to hang and enjoy. You can purchase here and have it delivered to your door, or purchase here and pick up at my North Park studio. $600 with free shipping anywhere in the continental U.S. Updated 10/12/17: Sold!

Saturday, September 30, 2017

"Let's Celebrate"

"Let's Celebrate"
24" x 24" Oil on Canvas
© Monique Straub
The feeling of celebration is always in the air this time of year. Beginning in October with the change of season to Fall (my favorite), all the way through the end of the year. I have so many upcoming art events, and the show calendar for 2018 is already filling up fast! Have you marked your calendar for my Open Studio event on October 14-15? I hope to see you there.

"Let's Celebrate" is painted in the warm colors of Fall, on 1-1/2" depth gallery wrapped canvas, sides painted black, ready to hang and enjoy. You can purchase here and have it delivered to your door, or purchase here and pick up at my North Park studio. $800 with free shipping anywhere in the continental U.S.



Thursday, September 28, 2017

"My Fairy-tale Life"

"My Fairy-tale Life"
30" x 48" Oil on Canvas
© Monique Straub
Yes, life here in San Diego is just that...like a fairy-tale. But even happy stories have their challenges, an one of the challenges here is the traffic. I'm lucky to set my own hours in the studio, generally from 9:00-2:30 Monday through Friday, in an attempt to avoid rush hours. I was born and raised here, and have never lived anywhere else. Then came Zillow...you know, that online real estate site. I check out the homes for sale in Palm Desert every morning over coffee. No trigger pulling yet, but sometimes it's pretty tempting!

"My Fairy-tale Life" is painted in "happy go lucky" colors, on 1-1/2" depth gallery wrapped canvas, sides painted black, ready to hang and enjoy. You can purchase here and have it delivered to your door, or purchase here and pick up at my North Park studio. $2000 with free shipping anywhere in the continental U.S.



Monday, September 25, 2017

September Shadows

"September Shadows"
36" x 36" Oil on Canvas
© Monique Straub
Hiking through the back country of San Diego is always a sure bet to inspire a new painting. Many of you have visited my North Park studio, and know first hand how I begin each of my paintings from a photo I have taken. These photos are mainly a "jumping off point" and provide basic composition. From that point, the fun begins! Color is what it's all about for me. Yes, I could spend hours upon hours rendering a photo perfect scene, then paint it with all the exact colors...but what fun would that be?

"September Shadows" is painted in the vivid colors of my imagination, on 1-1/2" depth gallery wrapped canvas, sides painted black, ready to hang and enjoy. You can purchase here and have it delivered to your door, or purchase here and pick up at my North Park studio. $1800 with free shipping anywhere in the continental U.S.



Saturday, September 23, 2017

New Show opens at Adelman Fine Art!

October/November gallery show "Season's Lure"
I'm excited to announce the opening of "Season's Lure," at Adelman Fine Art. This is an exhibition featuring artworks that embody all that lures you into the fall season, and I am excited to have eight of my new original paintings included in the show. Check them out here!

Located in the Little Italy neighborhood of San Diego, Adelman Fine Art is a contemporary boutique gallery. Nestled along a tree-lined walkway in the Broadstone Building on Kettner Blvd, between Grape and Fir, the gallery is surrounded by Little Italy's most popular restaurants, shops, and waterfront park - a vibrant shopping destination. Visit for the day and enjoy the good life by the bay!

Gallery Open Hours:
Sunday: Noon-6, Monday/Tuesday closed, Wednesday/Thursday 11-7, Friday/Saturday 11-9pm.

Friday, September 15, 2017

"Rise and Shine"

"Rise and Shine"
24" x 24" Oil on Canvas
© Monique Straub
The eastern morning view from my bedroom in La Mesa (a suburb of San Diego), never fails to impress. This time of year with the morning "heat clouds" over the eastern mountains, the sun backlights the hills and a painting always springs to mind. John and I grump and grouse about the high cost of living and the traffic, but the weather can't be beat!

"Rise and Shine" is painted in the vivid colors of a California morning, on 1-1/2" depth gallery wrapped canvas, sides painted black, ready to hang and enjoy. You can purchase here and have it delivered to your door, or purchase here and pick up at my North Park studio. $800 with free shipping anywhere in the continental U.S.



Saturday, September 9, 2017

"Coneflowers"

"Coneflowers"
24" x 24" Oil on Canvas
© Monique Straub
They're everywhere...Coneflowers! My favorite flower, and this is the time of the year they make their colorful appearance. They grew all along the white picket fence in my grandmas yard, and my chubby little eight year old fingers had to squeeze the center of each one. Have you ever touched the center of a Coneflower? They're hard and not at all like what you would think :)

"Coneflowers" is painted in the warm colors of Fall, on 1-1/2" depth gallery wrapped canvas, sides painted black, ready to hang and enjoy. You can purchase here and have it delivered to your door, or purchase here and pick up at my North Park studio. $800 with free shipping anywhere in the continental U.S.



Thursday, September 7, 2017

"Pink Pop"

"Pink Pop"
20" x 20" Oil on Canvas
© Monique Straub
Ahh...the cooler breezes of Fall are finally upon us. My favorite season of the year, and also prime time for beauty in the garden. My morning neighborhood walk reminds me to stop and smell the flowers!

"Pink Pop" is painted in the festive colors of Fall, on 1-1/2" depth gallery wrapped canvas, sides painted black, ready to hang and enjoy. You can purchase here and have it delivered to your door, or purchase here and pick up at my North Park studio. $600 with free shipping anywhere in the continental U.S.



Tuesday, September 5, 2017

"Confetti"

"Confetti"
20" x 20" Oil on Canvas
© Monique Straub
The trees are confused here in San Diego. One day it feels like fall, the next day it's 105 degrees. The trees in my front yard have confetti for foliage...green leaves, brown leaves, new buds, and brilliant flowers! If trees could talk, I wonder what they would be saying?

"Confetti" is painted in the festive colors of nature, on 1-1/2" depth gallery wrapped canvas, sides painted black, ready to hang and enjoy. You can purchase here and have it delivered to your door, or purchase here and pick up at my North Park studio. $600 with free shipping anywhere in the continental U.S.



Monday, September 4, 2017

Jungle Jive

"Jungle Jive"
36" x 48" Oil on Gallery Wrapped Canvas
© Monique Straub
The current weather in San Diego has worked its way onto my canvas again! Yesterday was 88 degrees and raining, and today it's 78 degrees and very humid. Our palm trees love it, and I must say it has done wonders for my skin...the hair, not so much! With all their fun shapes and fresh color, palms are a favorite subject of mine, so you'll probably be seeing more of them popping up.

"Jungle Jive" is painted in the brilliant colors of the tropics, on 1-1/2" depth gallery wrapped canvas, sides painted black, ready to hang and enjoy. You can purchase here and have it delivered to your door, or purchase here and pick up at my North Park studio. $2400 with free shipping anywhere in the continental U.S.



Saturday, September 2, 2017

Palm Fiesta

"Palm Fiesta"
20" x 20" Oil on Canvas
© Monique Straub
Things are hot in the studio this week! Not only is it 100+ degrees outside, I've turned up the heat on my studio hours, getting ready for several upcoming shows. Check out the "Events" tab on my blog for more information. We would love to see you at an event soon.

"Palm Fiesta" is painted in the warm colors of summer, on 1-1/2" depth gallery wrapped canvas, sides painted black, ready to hang and enjoy. You can purchase here and have it delivered to your door, or purchase here and pick up at my North Park studio. $600 with free shipping anywhere in the continental U.S.



Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Sunny Side Up

"Sunny Side Up"
24" x 24" Oil on Canvas
© Monique Straub
Yup, fall is in full swing in my little world...and what else says fall but sunflowers? I've painted them for years in pastel, and figured I would continue the tradition in oil. There will be many more to come, big, little, and crazy colorful! How can I resist?

"Sunny Side Up" is painted in the warm colors of fall, on 1-1/2" depth gallery wrapped canvas, sides painted black, ready to hang and enjoy. You can purchase here and have it delivered to your door, or purchase here and pick p at my North Park studio. $800 with free shipping anywhere in the continental U.S.



Monday, August 7, 2017

Persimmons

"Persimmons"
24" x 24" Oil on Canvas
© Monique Straub
Every year at this time I have the same funny conversation with my husband. I say, "I'm starting to feel a little bit of fall in the air..." He says, "It's 95 degrees outside, how can it feel like fall?" I think since fall is my favorite season of the year, and I've already seen pumpkins at the craft store, and Halloween costumes at Costco...it must be close! Persimmons and Pomegranates are another sure sign, so here they are!

"Persimmons" is painted in the warm colors of fall, on 1-1/2" depth gallery wrapped canvas, sides painted black, ready to hang and enjoy. (Note: the background color is a touch more light blue, and not quite as gray as the photo turned out) You can purchase here and have it delivered to your door, or purchase here and pick up at my North Park studio. $800 + $30 to ship anywhere in the continental U.S.



Saturday, August 5, 2017

"Midnight at the Oasis"

"Midnight at the Oasis"
40" x 40" Oil on Canvas
© Monique Straub
Mmm...warm and balmy evenings in the desert are my favorite. A million stars overhead, the sliver of a Moon casting a spotlight through the trees, and silence only broken by the rustle of palm fronds in the breeze. These are the days we look forward to!

"Midnight at the Oasis" is painted in the rich and vibrant colors of the California desert, on 1-1/2" depth gallery wrapped canvas, sides painted black, ready to hang and enjoy. You can purchase here and have it delivered to your door free, or purchase here and pick up at my North Park studio. $2400 with free shipping anywhere in the continental U.S.



Thursday, July 27, 2017

New Art - "Chillin"

"Chillin"
40" x 40" Oil on Canvas
© Monique Straub
The Mid-Century Modern vibe has been on my radar lately, as I've been searching real estate listings in the Palm Desert and Palm Springs areas. A throw back to more graphic design, with a bit of tiki culture thrown in for good measure, this was a fun piece to paint. I'm not in the desert yet, so palms over the ocean still rule the day. Sometimes they just fall off the brush!

"Chillin" is painted in the beautiful colors of the coast, on 1-1/2" depth gallery wrapped canvas, sides painted black, ready to hang and enjoy. You can purchase here and have it delivered to your door free, or purchase here and pick up at my North Park studio. $2200 with free shipping anywhere in the continental U.S.



Thursday, July 13, 2017

Torrey Blue

"Torrey Blue"
20" x 20" Oil on Canvas
© Monique Straub
With the recent opening of  "Blue Me Away," the latest show at Adelman Fine Art, blue has taken over my palette! If you're a local San Diegan, this new show featuring predominately blue works from their represented artists is a must see! The show will be up until August 27th, and the gallery is located at 1980 Kettner Blvd. Seven of my works are included in this show, and as always, work is also available right here on my website.

The inspiration photo I snapped for this image is another example of the beauty and wonder of the California coast. Graceful, wind-shaped trees are the signature feature of Torrey Pines State Park, and I just can't get enough.

"Torrey Blue" is painted on 1-1/2" depth gallery wrapped canvas, sides painted black, offered ready to hang and enjoy. You can purchase at Adelman Fine Art. Updated 7/31/17: Sold!

Thursday, July 6, 2017

"A Shady Place"

"A Shady Place"
20" x 20" Oil on Canvas
© Monique Straub
This beautiful scene was inspired by a recent trip to one of my favorite places, Carmel by the Sea. Every time we visit, I've noticed a "trail head" sign in the trees across from the historic Carmel Mission. This trip we investigated, and found one of the "locals only" treasures of the area. A series of hiking trails through a canyon, with many areas of dense trees. There were a few benches here and there, and the locals were passing through with their dogs and some on bikes. What a cool (literally) place to hang out on a warm summer day.

"A Shady Place" is painted on 1-1/2" depth gallery wrapped canvas, sides painted black, offered ready to hang and enjoy. You can purchase here and have it delivered to your door, or purchase here and pick up at my North Park studio. $600 with free shipping anywhere in the continental U.S.



Monday, July 3, 2017

Poppy Ballet

"Poppy Ballet"
20" x 20" Oil on Canvas
© Monique Straub
The poppies in my back yard are dancing in the warm winds of summer...in fact, the entire yard has turned into something akin to a Disney movie from the 50's. Baby bunnies, dancing flowers and buzzing bumble bees are making their happy debut...all we need is the violin music...oh well, you get the idea :)

"Poppy Ballet" is painted on 1-1/2" depth gallery wrapped canvas, sides painted black, offered ready to hang and enjoy. This painting is available at Adelman Fine Art. Updated 7/31/17: Sold!

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Coast Casual

"Coast Casual"
24" x 24" Oil on Canvas
© Monique Straub

Palm Fronds rustling in the warm, dry breeze is a sure sign of summer here in San Diego.


Add a pop of color to your home, and relive long walks on the beach.

"Coast Casual" is painted in the beautiful colors of summer, on 1-1/2" depth gallery wrapped canvas, sides painted black. Offered ready to hang and enjoy through Adelman Fine Art Gallery. Updated 7/31/17: Sold!