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! 

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Desert Trio

"Desert Trio"
36" x 48" Oil on Canvas
© Monique Straub
Early summer in the California desert is a beautiful time, even though it can be seriously hot! On a recent trip to Palm Desert, I was sky gazing while filling my tank at the gas station, and noticed how beautiful the trees looked against the cotton candy clouds. That's how it happens...inspiration is everywhere, just take the time to daydream :)

"Desert Trio" is painted in the beautiful colors of the 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, or purchase here and pick up at my North Park studio and I will refund the shipping fee. $2400 + $40 to ship anywhere in the continental US.



Monday, June 12, 2017

Happy Birthday!

"Happy Birthday!"
36" x 36" Oil on Canvas
© Monique Straub
Strange name for a painting? Well...June is my birthday month, and this year it's a big one! The big Six-O. I haven't really been keeping a "bucket list," but if I was, I think many of the things that would be on it, I've already experienced...except winning the Lotto...still waiting on that one. As I was sitting in my studio pondering my next painting and flipping through inspiration photos, I came across this beautiful vase of flowers. As usual, a lot of the colors, background, etc. are made up as I go, but I can do that...it's my birthday :)

"Happy Birthday" is painted in vivid color with bold brush strokes, on 1-1/2" depth gallery wrapped canvas, sides painted black, ready to hang and enjoy. You can purchase at Adelman Fine Art. Updated 7/31/17: Sold!

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Blue for You

"Blue for You"
36" x 36" Oil on Canvas
© Monique Straub
Jacaranda blooms and clear blue sky have made their appearance here in San Diego. One of my favorite things about summer is the brilliantly colored street trees with their carpets of spent blooms along the sidewalk. Heavier than normal rains this past winter have added to the show. Twisty, curvy trunks with little to no greenery makes for an interesting scene.

"Blue for You" is painted in vivid color with bold brush strokes, on 1-1/2" depth gallery wrapped canvas, sides painted black. Offered ready to hang and enjoy. Updated 7/2/17: Sold! Thank you Adelman Fine Art Gallery!

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Torrey Summer

Torrey Summer
36" x 48"
© Monique Straub
The view from Torrey Pines back to La Jolla is spectacular this time of year. The wind whistling through the trees and the smell of salt air is truly invigorating. If you haven't visited this local treasure, add it to your weekend plans this summer.

"Torrey Summer" is painted in vivid color with bold brush strokes, 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!

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Poppy Fiesta

"Poppy Fiesta"
18" x 24" Each
© Monique Straub
Springtime has been with us a few months now, and the Poppies and green grasses are dancing up the hillsides in my back yard. It's amazing to me that they return on their own, year after year, without my lifting a finger. The recent heavy rains have prompted quite the "fiesta."

"Poppy Fiesta" is painted on two 1-1/2" depth gallery wrapped canvases, 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 and I will refund the shipping fee. $1200 + $40 to ship anywhere in the continental US.



Saturday, May 20, 2017

Day Dreams

"Day Dreams"
24" x 24" Oil on Canvas
© Monique Straub
A favorite photo of mine has found its way back onto the easel. Taken during a springtime hike at Blue Sky Preserve, the day dreams of this location often have my imagination walking in the shade, gravel under foot. I've enjoyed painting this scene in several different color schemes, and several different sizes.

"Day Dreams" is painted in oil 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!