Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Another "Open Studio" and New Art!

"The Olive Grove"
36" x 36" Oil on Gallery Canvas
© Monique Straub
It was another wonderful walk through the back country here in San Diego. My hubby and I were on our way to the buffet at one of our local Indian casinos, and there it was...a beautiful old olive grove. The trees were probably well over 50 years old, and the new spring grasses beneath them were a brilliant green with flickers of sunlight flashing through. Yes, inspiration happens just this easily when you're keeping your eyes open to the beauty that surrounds us on a daily basis.

You're invited to see this beautiful piece live at my upcoming open studio, and also see the exciting works in the new show "Rock the Red" going on downstairs at Art on 30th.
Our doors will be open from 6-8pm, this Saturday, February 13th.
4434 30th Street, San Diego, just one block north of El Cajon Blvd.

Don't want to wait? "The Olive Grove" is offered here, ready to hang and enjoy, 36" x 36" on 1-1/2" gallery wrap canvas. You may purchase here and have it shipped to your door, or purchase here and pick it up at my studio/gallery in Spanish Village, and I will refund the shipping. $1600 + $50 to ship anywhere in the continental U.S. or Canada.



Wednesday, January 13, 2016

It's Open Studio Time!


Saturday, January 16, 6-8pm

It's Open Studio time again!

"Art on 30th" is hosting their monthly artist reception, introducing the wonderful work of Jane LaFazio. The gallery will be bursting at the seams with new work, and the Studio Artists will be open and showing their latest creations. 

I invite you to stop by and see a "behind the scenes" peek at my latest works, and join in the festivities.

Located at 4434 30th Street, just one block north of El Cajon Blvd. 

Hope to see you there!

Friday, December 25, 2015

Merry Christmas!


Merry Christmas to all those celebrating today!

As I spend time with my own family, I am also thinking of the many good friends who are gifting or unwrapping one of my paintings this season. A sincere thank you for enjoying my art, and supporting independent artists!

Happy Holidays,

Monique :)

Thursday, December 17, 2015

"Poppy Persuasion"

"Poppy Persuasion"
30" x 48" Oil on Gallery Wrap Canvas
© Monique Straub


Every once in a while, a wild and different idea pops into my head. I typically enjoy painting landscape scenes, but on occasion my mind wanders to something purely whimsical. Botanical and still life subjects usually satisfy this craving, and there are several more of these types of paintings waiting in the wings. The movement of plants in the wind plays a big part of these motifs, and color continues to take center stage.

"Poppy Persuasion" is offered ready to hang and enjoy on 1-1/2" gallery wrapped canvas, sides painted black. You may purchase here and have it shipped to your door, or purchase here and pick up at my studio/gallery in Spanish Village, and I will refund the shipping. $1800 + $50 to ship anywhere in the continental US or Canada.






Monday, December 14, 2015

"Lillies of Winter"

"Lillies of Winter"
12" x 16" Pastel on Sandpaper
© Monique Straub
The cold and blustry winds of winter in San Diego have finally arrived, and with them, the winter foliage. As a kid, I remember spending these days in my grandmas garden, raking the fallen leaves to reveal the moist, dark brown earth. One of my favorite areas of the garden was the Calla Lily patch that surrounded the front porch. Being an inquisitive little kid, I would investigate each of the blooms, and sometimes find a bee down deep inside, working away. Grandma taught me to be on the lookout for the pesty snails that would snack on the leaves, and I was rewarded a nickel for each offender I collected. Oh, to be a kid again :)

"Lillies of Winter" is framed in a wide, dark brown, plein air style frame, with glass, ready to hang and enjoy. You may purchase here and pick up at my studio in Spanish Village, Balboa park and I will refund the shipping fee. $375 + $40 to ship anywhere in the continental U.S. or Canada.




Thursday, December 10, 2015

Straub Studio/Gallery "Open House"

Monique Straub Studio/Gallery at "Art on 30th"
4434 30th St., San Diego, CA
(1 blk. north of El Cajon Blvd. on 30th)



Saturday, December 12, 5-8pm!
It's the most wonderful time of the year...time to join your art friends and see what's new!

"Art on 30th" is hosting their first annual "Bring Big Ben" open studios event. My studio, along with fourteen other artist studios, will be open from 5-8pm offering original art work for holiday gift giving. Many pieces at this event will be priced under $500, with many at $100. John Straub ImageWorks will join me in my studio, offering beautiful framed photographic prints at just $99!

Come on out for a bit of holiday cheer!

Saturday, December 5, 2015

Pt. Lobos Memory

Pt. Lobos Memory
36" x 36" Oil on Gallery Canvas
© Monique Straub
Traveling to Carmel this summer provided many opportunities to capture beautiful images of the California coast line. Many of my favorite painting scenes are found along the rugged cliffs of Big Sur and points north. The distinctive shapes of the trees, along with the beautiful colors of the coastal vegetation always provide vivid memories for me.

"Pt. Lobos Memory" is offered ready to hang and enjoy on 1-1/2" gallery wrapped canvas, sides painted black. You may purchase here and have it shipped to your door, or purchase here and pick up at my studio/gallery in Spanish Village, and I will refund the shipping. $1600 + $50 to ship anywhere in the continental US or Canada.



Tuesday, December 1, 2015

"California Gold"

"California Gold"
12" x 16" Pastel on Sandpaper
© Monique Straub
Another image from my California series, "California Gold" is located off the backroads near Paso Robles. I just loved the interesting contours of the hills and the multi colored scrub  brush. It's all pretty dry this time of year, especially with our current drought, but the golden color of the hills is beautiful just as well.

"California Gold" is framed in a wide, dark brown, plein air style frame, 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 in Spanish Village, Balboa Park and I will refund the shipping fee. $365 + $40 to ship anywhere in the continental U.S. or Canada.



Tuesday, November 24, 2015

"Sonoma Sunset"

"Sonoma Sunset"
12" x 16" Pastel on Sandpaper
© Monique Straub
I've been busy working on many new pieces for the holiday season, and will be sharing them here in the next few weeks. Today, we're taking another fun visit to the wine country of Sonoma. Rolling hills of green plowed earth make for fun patterns and contrasts.

"Sonoma Sunset" is framed in a wide, dark 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 in Spanish Village, Balboa Park and I will refund the shipping fee. $365 + $35 to ship anywhere in the continental U.S. or Canada.



Monday, November 9, 2015

A Walk in Balboa Park

"A Walk in Balboa Park"
12" x 16" Pastel on Sandpaper
© Monique Straub
Working at my studio in beautiful Balboa Park definitely has its perks. Each morning when I arrive at the park, I take my morning walk down the Prado to fetch my coffee, and on the return trip I always try to take a different scenic route. One of my favorite areas is found along Presidents Way, behind the gymnasium building. The brilliant green of the grass with the long shadows of the trees is a "pattern play" that always catches my attention, and depending on the time of year, the colors are pretty spectacular!

"A Walk in Balboa Park" is framed in a wide, dark brown, plein air style frame with UV 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 in Spanish Village, Balboa Park and I will refund the shipping fee. $365 + $35 to ship anywhere in the continental U.S.or Canada. Updated 11/16/15: Sold!

Monday, November 2, 2015

"Merlot"

"Merlot"
12" x 16" Pastel on Sandpaper
© Monique Straub
Now that my outdoor festival season has come to a close, I'm happily painting away in my studio, and preparing for the holiday season. Yup...Christmas carols are playing in the studio, and I'm already decking the halls of my Spanish Village studio with fun new things for gift giving.

"Merlot" is framed in a wide, dark brown, plein air style frame with UV 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 in Spanish Village, Balboa park and I will refund the shipping fee. $365 + $35 to ship anywhere in the continental U.S. or Canada. Updated 11/28/15: Sold...and on its way to Northern California :)

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

"Plum Crazy"

"Plum Crazy"
Oil on Canvas
© Monique Straub

I would like to give a big thank you to all of the collectors and Facebook friends that stopped by my booth at the La Jolla Art & Wine Festival. I'm so happy to get a chance to meet many of you in person for the first time. Having completed all of my art festival shows for the year, I'm now settled into the studio for winter and creating new works for next season. I'll post them here as they are completed, and as always, if you're local to San Diego and see something you love, drop me an email and I'll make sure to have it on display in my Spanish Village studio for you.

"Plum Crazy" is a "revisit" to a favorite photo of mine that I've done in pastel before, and I decided to give it a go in oil on canvas. I get into such a habit of painting mainly landscape works, the occasional still life painting is a fun challenge. It is offered ready to hang and enjoy on 1-1/2" gallery wrapped canvas, sides painted black. You may purchase here and have it shipped to your door, or purchase here and pick up at my studio/gallery in Spanish Village, and I will refund the shipping. 
$525 + $40 to ship anywhere in the continental US or Canada. 






Tuesday, October 13, 2015

"Being Koi"

"Being Koi"
30" x 48" Oil on Canvas
© Monique Straub
If you ever get a chance to vacation in San Diego, you'll surely include Balboa Park on your list of beautiful places to visit. Among the many museums and the spectacular architecture, there is an incredible canyon garden that you won't want to miss. The Japanese Friendship Garden, located adjacent to the famous organ pavilion, is tops on my list of relaxing and inspiring places to see. A stroll through the shady gardens and along the numerous ponds teeming with Koi is quite a sight, and an experience I hope you will some day enjoy!

"Being Koi" is offered ready to hang and enjoy on 1-1/2" gallery wrapped canvas, sides painted black. You may purchase here and have it shipped to your door, or purchase here and pick up at my studio/gallery in Spanish Village, and I will refund the shipping. $1800 + $50 to ship anywhere in the continental US or Canada.





Friday, October 9, 2015

"Beat the heat this weekend!"


Don't miss the La Jolla Art & Wine Festival this weekend!
Beat the weekend heat and head to the coast...

Saturday 10am - 7pm
Sunday 10am - 6pm

Girard Ave. is the place to be this weekend when the La Jolla Art & Wine Festival returns to the heart of the Village. This fun, FREE festival delivers more than 150 juried artists, non-stop live entertainment, a gourmet food court, a fun filled family art center, a huge silent auction, and an extensive wine & beer garden.

Stroll more than a half mile of traffic-free streets in the heart of the Village. More than 150 juried artists from around the globe show off exquisite works - from photography to painting, sculpture to textiles, hand crafted jewelry to hand woven paper, and more.

Be sure to stop by Booth #430 at the corner of Girard & Prospect
 to see what's new from Monique Straub Studio!

Saturday, October 3, 2015

New Art - "Forest Walk"

"Forest Walk"
30" x 48" Oil on Canvas
© Monique Straub

A leisurely walk along the Seventeen Mile Drive in Carmel last week prompted me to pull this photo from my "gotta paint it" box and go to work. Gazing up at the trees and hearing the leaves rustle in the fall wind just puts me in the mood for everything orange and gold. A tall pumpkin latte maybe?

"Forest Walk" is offered ready to hang and enjoy on 1-1/2" gallery wrapped canvas, sides painted black. You may purchase here and have it shipped to your door, or purchase here and pick up at my studio/gallery in Spanish Village, and I will refund the shipping. $1800 + $50 to ship anywhere in the continental US or Canada





Tuesday, September 15, 2015

"Just Sunnin"

"Just Sunnin"
24" x 24" Oil on Gallery Canvas
© Monique Straub
Things have been hopping in the studio lately, since I'm gearing up for the La Jolla Art & Wine Festival on October 10 & 11. I've been working on expanding my pastel series "Torrey Pines" and also creating many large and colorful oil paintings on canvas. Held on Girard Street in the heart of beautiful La Jolla, this is a fun and festive show, and one of my favorites. Stay tuned for more info on the festival, and more previews of featured art.

"Just Sunnin" is offered ready to hang and enjoy, on 1-1/2" gallery wrapped canvas, sides painted black. You may purchase here and have it shipped to your door, or purchase here and pick up at my studio/gallery in Spanish Village, and I will refund the shipping. $575 + $40 to ship anywhere in the continental US or Canada.






Tuesday, June 23, 2015

A big "Thank You!"

"La Jolla Festival of the Arts 2015"
A big thank you to all of my Blog, Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram followers that stopped by my booth at the La Jolla Festival of the Arts. It was a very special weekend for me, and I am so happy that I could share my excitement with you all.

I am now back in my new studio at "Art on 30th," preparing for my next show...stay tuned for details!


Thursday, June 18, 2015

La Jolla Festival of the Arts!



It's art festival time again, and this weekend I'm proud to have been selected as one of the 195 finalists from over 300 applications of exceptionally talented artists. I will be showing my latest works in oil and pastel at the La Jolla Festival of the Arts. UCSD Warren Field is the site, boasting plenty of parking, ocean breezes, tasty food, great art, and fun entertainment.

The mission of the La Jolla Festival of the Arts, produced  by the Torrey Pines Kiwanis Foundation, and San Diego Magazine, is to provide the highest quality arts and entertainment experience for artists and art lovers alike, in support of recreational and educational programs for San Diegans with disabilities. All net funds raised help support over thirty sports and recreation programs for San Diegans with disabilities, including disabled military persons.

Tickets are available at www.ljfa.org. I'll be there Saturday 10-6pm and Sunday 10-5pm, in booth #844. Hope to see you there!


Tuesday, June 16, 2015

"Summer Sundown"

"Summer Sundown"
12" x 16" Pastel on Sandpaper
© Monique Straub
Tick-tick-tick...the clock is ticking down to this weekend and I'm really looking forward to seeing you at this years La Jolla Festival of the Arts. Held annually on Warren Field at the UCSD Campus, it is a great weekend of food, music, fun and art! Click here for more details ljfa.org.

"Summer Sundown" is framed in a wide, dark 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 in Spanish Village, Balboa Park and I will refund the shipping fee. $365 + $35 to ship anywhere in the continental U.S. or Canada. Updated 8/28/15: Sold...to a lovely couple from Switzerland!

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Pt. Loma Light #6

"Pt. Loma Light #6
12" x 16" Pastel on Sandpaper
© Monique Straub
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 #6" is framed in a wide, dark 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 in Spanish Village, Balboa Park and I will refund the shipping fee. $365 + $35 to ship anywhere in the continental U.S. or Canada. Updated 10/4/15: Sold!