Thursday, September 11, 2014

"Poppy Fiesta"

Poppy Fiesta
18" x 24" each, Diptych
© Monique Straub
Poppies in the landscape are sure to bring a smile to any artist looking for summertime inspiration. Brightly colored heads bobbing in the breeze are a joy to paint, and one of my most popular subjects. This boldly colorful scene has been painted across two canvases for added pizzaz!

"Poppy Fiesta" is painted on two, 1-1/2" thick gallery wrap canvases, sold as a set. The sides are painted black and it is ready to hang, unframed. You may purchase here and have it shipped to your door, or purchase here and pick up at my Little Italy studio and I will refund the shipping fee. $795 + $40 to ship anywhere in the continental US or Canada. 




Saturday, September 6, 2014

"Summer in Sonoma"

"Summer in Sonoma"
14" x 18" Pastel on Sandpaper
© Monique Straub
Always a favorite trip of mine, the Sonoma wine country is an artists delight. The smell of sweet grapes on the vine and warm breezes of summer have me wanting to return again and again. I'm always reminded of my artist friends that paint en plein air (outdoors), and in places like this, it is an enviable pursuit. I rarely take to the outdoors with my work, in part because I never seem to be able to haul enough supplies to make it enjoyable. Lately, spending time painting in my beautiful new air conditioned studio, I'm finding it hard to go home at the end of the day! Big paintings are on the easels, and excitement is in the air :)

"Summer in Sonoma" is offered framed in a wide, brown plein air style frame with gold liner, and UV/non-glare museum glass. Ready to hang and enjoy. You can purchase here and have it shipped to your door, or purchase here and pick up at my Little Italy studio, and I'll refund the shipping cost. $525 + $40 to ship anywhere in the continental US or Canada. Thanks for stopping by!



Monday, September 1, 2014

"Torrey Pines Path"

"Torrey Pines Path"
12" x 16" Pastel on Sanded Board
© Monique Straub

I hope this post finds you all enjoying a wonderful Labor Day weekend, and I would like to welcome all of the new folks that signed up to follow my work at ArtWalk NTC and NoLI Nights events. The end of summer is always a busy time in the studio. I have been working on many new pieces that will be shown at my next event, The La Jolla Art & Wine Festival, October 11 & 12. Of course, since you're signed up to receive paintings as they are completed, you'll get priority viewing of everything new. Upcoming pieces include work in pastel, as well as a few larger pieces in oil on canvas.


"Torrey Pines Path" is offered framed in a wide, brown plein air style frame, with UV/non-glare museum glass. Ready to hang and enjoy. You can purchase here and have it shipped to your door, or purchase here and pick up at my Little Italy studio, and I'll refund the shipping cost. $365 + $40 to ship anywhere in the continental US or Canada. Thanks for stopping by :)




Tuesday, August 26, 2014

NoLI Nights - Open Studio Night!


North Little Italy (NoLI) Nights is tomorrow night! This will be the first open studio event I have participated in since moving to my new studio here in Little Italy. I invite you to grab your date and come down to this fun and vibrant neighborhood, and explore the wonderful restaurants, art galleries, artist studios, and home design showrooms. Parking is available at the corner of Kettner & Laurel Street in the Laurel Travel Center building. The heart of the action is just south of there at the Art & Design Building at 2400 Kettner Blvd, and Meyer Fine Art Gallery on the ground floor is where you enter the building. They are having a fabulous, private collection, Salvador Dali show that you won't want to miss! The entry to the second floor art studios is just outside Meyer Fine Art, and I am in Studio 214. Hope to see you there...


Thursday, August 14, 2014

A New Painting and ArtWalk @ NTC Liberty Station!


"Around the Bend"
24" x 24" Oil on Canvas
© Monique Straub

 Ready...Set...Walk!

  August 16 & 17, Saturday & Sunday, 10am - 6pm
See my latest works in pastel and oil at my booth #505
at the corner of Historic Decatur Road and Dewey Road. 


The white tents of ArtWalk will be set center stage in Ingram Plaza at NTC Liberty Station in Pt. Loma this weekend. The "Little Sister" to the expansive April edition of ArtWalk in Little Italy, this fun and festive show provides visitors with an intimate setting, ample free parking, and easy walkability. Presenting approximately 175 visual artists, this free outdoor festival also offers a full array of live music, street food, dance performances, and KidsWalk area with interactive art activities. Hope to see you there!

"Around the Bend" is painted on 1-1/2" thick gallery wrapped canvas. The sides are painted black and it is ready to hang, unframed. You may purchase here and have it shipped to your door, or come on down to ArtWalk and see it in person! $575 to ship anywhere in the continental US or Canada. Updated 8/17/14: Sold...at ArtWalk NTC!

Monday, August 4, 2014

A new painting...and a new studio!

"Summer on the Pond"
18" x 24" Pastel on Sandpaper
© Monique Straub
I've been absent from blog posting lately, but I have a really good excuse! With my need for more space in the studio, and the end of my two-year studio lease at NTC Liberty Station on August 4th, an eagerly anticipated move to a larger studio has been completed.   I am now located in the Art & Design Building at 2400 Kettner Blvd., just south of Laurel Street in Little Italy. My new digs are 2-1/2 times larger, with beautiful hardwood floors, skylight, and air conditioning! I can't wait to have my first "open studio," later this month (details in a later post, so stay tuned). I now look forward to working on larger pieces in pastel and oil, and an expanded gallery/display space.

"Summer on the Pond" is offered framed in a wide, brown plein air style frame with an antique gold liner and UV/non glare museum glass. Ready to hang and enjoy. You can purchase here and have it shipped to your door, or purchase here and pick up at my Little Italy studio and I'll refund the shipping cost. $675 + $45 to ship anywhere in the continental U.S. or Canada.






Sunday, July 20, 2014

"Free Flight"

"Free Flight"
24" x 36" Oil on Canvas
© Monique Straub
It's California summertime, and the Birds of Paradise are in full bloom! The birds love them, the bees love them, and they are one of my favorite flowers. Growing like weeds in the front yard, their curious beaks stare me down every chance they get. I'm so glad they are drought tolerant!

"Free Flight" is painted in vibrant blues and greens on 1-1/2" thick gallery wrapped canvas. The sides are painted black and it is ready to hang, unframed. You may purchase here and have it shipped to your door, or purchase here and pick up at my studio/gallery, and I will refund the shipping. $1295 + $40 to ship anywhere in the continental U.S. or Canada.



Friday, July 11, 2014

"Mid Summer Morning"



"Mid Summer Morning"
12" x 12" Pastel on Sandpaper
© Monique Straub
Floppy, curly sunflowers make me happy! In fact, they are even more beautiful as they begin to curl and bow their heads. With many exciting changes on the horizon, I treated myself to a big bouquet of sunflowers today. Now let me tell you a little about the road ahead. I'm moving...again...but this time not just across the hall at Liberty Station, I'll be moving to the fun and vibrant art community of Little Italy here in San Diego. I've outgrown my pretty little studio in Barracks 19, and will spread my wings in a large, loft style studio in an historic furniture warehouse, converted to creative space. Stay tuned for more details, or visit me at my Liberty Station studio for my final "Friday Night Liberty" event on August 1st from 5-9pm.

"Mid Summer Morning" is offered framed in a wide, black plein air style frame with gold liner and UV/non-glare museum glass. Ready to hang and enjoy. You can purchase here and have it shipped to our door, or purchase here and pick up at my studio and I'll refund the shipping cost. $295 + $35 to ship anywhere in the continental US or Canada. Updated 8/17/14: Sold...at ArtWalk NTC!

Friday, July 4, 2014

"Friday Night Liberty on Saturday!"


"My little gallery bursting at the seams!"
Due to the Fourth of July holiday, the NTC Liberty Station monthly open studios event "Friday Night Liberty" will take place on Saturday this month, and we've even added daytime hours. Yes, tomorrow from 1-8pm you can browse the studios and galleries, grab a bite to eat from one of our great restaurants, or one of the tasty "food trucks" we will have on site.

Have a Happy 4th, and hope to see you there!

Thursday, June 26, 2014

"Pond Play"

"Pond Play"
12" x 12" Oil on Canvas
© Monique Straub
Moss green, sea green, lime green, yellow green...the colors of summer on the pond. Balboa Park is the location, and the pods are popping. Long stems swaying in the breeze, an occasional turtle pops up to munch on a ruffled pad. It's all play for the artist, paint mixing play!

"Pond Play" is offered framed in a gold crackle finish float frame, ready to hang and enjoy, and available here. You can have it shipped to your door, or pick up at my studio in Pt. Loma and I'll refund the shipping. $275 + $35 to ship anywhere in the continental US or Canada.




Sunday, June 8, 2014

My newest work ... "Cactus Crazy"

"Cactus Crazy"
24" x 36" Oil on Canvas
© Monique Straub
Yes, it has gone crazy. The quest for cactus here in San Diego County has reached a fever pitch. On a recent visit to the San Diego County Fair horticultural exhibit, it was very clear that succulents and cactus have taken the spotlight in the landscape and garden community. Entire exhibits dedicated to waterwise and drought tolerant plants were the focus, and the local green thumbs are at the top of their game. I never knew cactus and succulents could be so beautifully arranged. I guess the unfortunate side of the water shortage here in Southern California has brought about an artful change to our garden palettes, and I love it!

"Cactus Crazy" is painted on 1-1/2" thick gallery wrapped canvas. The sides are painted black and it is ready to hang, unframed. You may purchase here and have it shipped to our door, or purchase here and pick up at my studio/gallery at Liberty Station, Pt. Loma, and I will refund the shipping. $1295 + $40 to ship anywhere in the continental U.S. or Canada.



Wednesday, May 28, 2014

"Sonoma Stroll"

"Sonoma Stroll"
24" x 36" Oil on Gallery Canvas
© Monique Straub
With summer fast approaching, my thoughts are on vacation time! The vineyards of central California are always a favorite spot, as hubby and I motor our way to the Monterey and Carmel area each year. A short break from painting, and beautiful scenery is just the thing to recharge the artistic batteries.

Also, in just a few short weeks, it will be time once again for "Friday Night Liberty" at NTC Liberty Station. The date is June 6th, from 5-9pm. It is a fun evening of open art studios, music and dining. Oh, and you can see "Sonoma Stroll" up close and personal.

"Sonoma Stroll" is painted on 1-1/2" thick gallery wrapped canvas. The sides are painted black and it is ready to hang, unframed. You may purchase here and have it shipped to your door, or purchase here and pick up an my studio/gallery at Liberty Station, Pt. Loma, and I will refund the shipping. $1295 + $40 to ship anywhere in the continental U.S. or Canada.



Saturday, May 24, 2014

"Riverdance"

"Riverdance"
24" x 24" Oil on Gallery Canvas
© Monique Straub
Wind rushes clouds through the sky, ripples on the river lap at their tule clad banks, the bushes rustle a song...it's another day on the river. If no one is there to hear it...does it still make a sound?

"Riverdance" is painted on 1-1/2" thick gallery wrapped canvas. The sides of this piece are painted black and it is ready to hang, unframed. You may purchase here and have it shipped to your door, or purchase here and pick up at my studio/gallery at Liberty Station, Pt. Loma, and I will refund the shipping. $525 + $40 to ship anywhere in the continental US or Canada.



Sunday, May 18, 2014

"Torrey Pines Walk Two"

"Torrey Pines Walk Two"
12" x 16" Pastel on Board
© Monique Straub
The cliffs and trails at Torrey Pines State Park are a never ending source of inspiration for many artists. There is just something special about the California coastline that has drawn artists to this location for many years. I've been visiting and painting scenes from many of San Diego's local parks in preparation for upcoming summer shows. It's a tough job...but someone's got to do it!

Framed in wide dark brown wood with UV/non-glare museum glass, this piece is ready to hang and enjoy. Purchase here and have it shipped, or pick up at my Pt. Loma studio and I will refund the shipping cost. $365 + $35 to ship anywhere in the continental US or Canada. Updated 8/17/14: Sold...at ArtWalk NTC!

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

"The Back Country"

"The Back Country"
24" x 36"
© Monique Straub
 
Spring has given way to Summer here in San Diego, and today is scheduled to be a sizzler. With temps in the triple digits, our beautiful back country will slowly make the transition from green to shades of gold and sepia. I drive past this wonderful old olive grove each time I make the trip east to my favorite casino. These graceful, twisting trunks have been turning my head each time I drive past, and I finally decided to stop the car and spend a little time snapping away with my camera. Something about the interesting shapes of trees always keeps me coming back. I expect several more paintings from this area in the coming weeks.

"The Back Country" is painted on 1-1/2" thick gallery wrapped canvas, with sides painted black, it is ready to hang, unframed. You may purchase here and have it shipped to your door, or purchase here and pick up at my studio/gallery at Liberty Station, Pt. Loma, and I will refund the shipping. $1295 + $40 to ship anywhere in the continental US or Canada. Updated 8/16/14: Sold...and ArtWalk NTC!

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Many thanks, an invitation, and a Spring Sale!

 
Birds of Paradise fly to new collectors at Mission Federal ArtWalk!

Whew! After two 12-hour days on my feet, I'm happy to report that despite the Saturday morning wind storm, this years Mission Federal ArtWalk was a great success! Now that the dust has settled, I would like to thank all of my local collectors and Facebook friends for stopping by to pay a visit. Many of my paintings found new homes, and I received several special requests and new ideas. Now it's back to work in the studio!

Didn't get a chance to attend?

I invite you to visit my studio/gallery in Barracks 19 at Liberty Station this Friday, May 2nd for our monthly open studio event "Friday Night Liberty."  All of the studios and galleries will be open with music and refreshments from 5-9pm.

I have another bit of good news... I'm having a "One Night Only Spring Sale" in my studio during "Friday Night Liberty." A great time to add to your art collection and enjoy a 20% discount on all paintings in the studio.

Thanks again, and hope to see you there!

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Mission Federal ArtWalk - This Weekend!



It's that time of year again...the 30th Annual Mission Federal ArtWalk comes to town this weekend. With over 300 artist booths, music, great food, and spectacular weather in the forecast, this promises to be a fun weekend!

My booth will be located
 at the corner of India and Cedar St.
 Booth #318

Parking is easy in the County Administration parking lot on Pacific Hwy., or you can hop on the trolley and arrive in the heart of the festival in minutes.

Hope to see you soon...

Monique :)

Sunday, April 6, 2014

"Pt. Loma Lighthouse #5"

"Pt. Loma Lighthouse #5"
14" x 18"
© Monique Straub
 
It is only fitting that with a studio/gallery located at NTC/Liberty Station, I should have a painting of the Pt. Loma Lighthouse hanging at all times. The old Pt. Loma Light stood watch at the entrance to San Diego Bay for 36 years. At dusk on November 15, 1855, the light keeper climbed the winding stairs and lit the light for the first time. What seemed a good location 422 ft. above sea level, however, had the serious flaw of obscurity when fog and low clouds rolled in. On March 23, 1891, the light was extinguished and the keeper moved to a new lighthouse located closer to the water at the tip of the Point.

"Pt. Loma Light #5 is framed in a wide, dark antique brown, plein air style frame with UV/non-glare museum glass. Ready to hang and enjoy. You may purchase here and have it shipped to your door, or purchase here and pick up at my studio/gallery and I will refund the shipping. $525 + $40 to ship anywhere in the continental US or Canada. Updated 8/16/14: Sold...at Artwalk NTC!

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

"Summer Vacation"

"Summer Vacation"
36" x 48" Oil on Gallery Wrapped Canvas
© Monique Straub
 
It feels like ages since I've shared a new painting, but I haven't been slacking off! My studio is humming in preparation for Mission Federal ArtWalk in Little Italy, April 26th & 27th.

Are you still contemplating one of my pieces? You can get a "sneak preview" and "first pick" at my studio during "Friday Night Liberty," this Friday from 5-9pm.

My most recent oil painting, "Summer Vacation," will be the centerpiece of my display. Painted in response to happy travel memories, it was a joy to paint so large. Painted on 1-1/2" thick gallery wrapped canvas, the sides of this piece are painted black and it is ready to hang, unframed. You may purchase here and have it shipped to your door, or purchase here and pick up at my studio/gallery at Liberty Station, Pt. Loma, and I will refund the shipping. $2495 + $50 to ship anywhere in the continental US or Canada. Updated 7/3/14: Sold...and on its way to Sand Point, Idaho!

Monday, March 17, 2014

"Gala"

"Gala"
24" x 24" Oil on Canvas
© Monique Straub
 
Birds are chirping, blooms are bursting, and an early Spring is in the air! While browsing through my big box of vacation memories, this shot was just begging to be painted. A stroll down the streets of San Luis Obispo brought this welcome surprise of crispy apples on the tree. I was a good girl and kept my hands to myself...but it wasn't easy :)

"Gala" is painted on 1-1/2" thick gallery wrapped canvas. The sides of this piece are painted black and it is ready to hang, unframed. You may purchase here and have it shipped to your door, or purchase here and pick up at my studio/gallery at Liberty Station, Pt. Loma, and I will refund the shipping. $575 + $35 to ship anywhere in the continental US or Canada.