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.




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.



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.



Wednesday, March 5, 2014

"Friday Night Liberty" and "Touch of Luck"

"Touch of Luck"
24" x 36" Oil on Canvas
© Monique Straub
It's time once again for "Friday Night Liberty." This Friday, 5-9pm we will be hosting our monthly "open studio" night in all of the studios and galleries. Food, drink, and music are on hand, so stop by and make it a date night! The location is NTC/Liberty Station in Pt. Loma, just off Rosecrans Street. I'm in Barracks 19 at the corner of Historic Decatur Rd. and Dewey Rd. on the second floor.
Hope to see you :)

"Touch of Luck" - A peek into the reflecting pool at Balboa Park is always a fun adventure. I'm guessing these beauties were pets at some point, then released into the public pond in the park. Big, fat, and healthy, they probably get their fill of popcorn and other treats from visiting kids, and they didn't seem to mind posing for the camera.

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. $1295 + $40 to ship anywhere in the continental US or Canada. Updated 3/15/14: Sold...to a new, local collector!

Monday, March 3, 2014

"Scenic Mission Trails"

"Scenic Mission Trails"
24" x 36" Oil on Canvas
© Monique Straub
 
My blogging of new art has been rather quiet lately, but for good reason. I have been working on, and recently completed several commission pieces. "Scenic Mission Trails" is now hanging proudly in the lobby area of a La Mesa dental office. So what is a "commission" you ask? Well, this particular piece was ordered by an interior designer and painted to coordinate with exact color and subject matter specifications. I met with the designer, and the doctor and his wife, to discuss all of the elements that they wanted in the painting, along with the exact wall, flooring and upholstery colors that would be used. It is a fun and painless procedure, and many times easier than traveling from gallery to gallery trying to find just the right fit. Have you been searching for that "just right" painting? Do you have a special spot for a custom work of art? Drop me an email and we will make your vision a reality!

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

"California Cypress"

 
"California Cypress"
14" x 18" Pastel on Sandpaper
© Monique Straub
 
The look and smell of the cool morning mist, and the graceful Cypress trees are two of my favorite things to photograph as we tour through the "17-Mile Drive" in Carmel, California. I'm already looking forward to another visit and lots more inspiration this coming summer!

"California Cypress" is framed in a wide dark brown, plein air style frame with gold liner and UV/non-glare museum glass, ready to hang and enjoy. Buy it now price $525 + $40 to ship anywhere in the continental US or Canada.




Thursday, February 20, 2014

"Lucy and Libby"

"Lucy and Libby"
12" x 12" Pastel on Sandpaper
© Monique Straub
 
Today I'll share a recently completed pet portrait. Lucy and Libby are the beloved Schnauzers of one of my top collectors here in San Diego. This was a fun challenge, and painted from a 3" x 3" photo! The Schnauzer breed holds a special place in my heart, and tears welled in my eyes as I painted this. My little salt and pepper girl of 14 years, Skidmore, has been gone for several years now, but I still occasionally hold her collar, and I think of her often. Oh shoot...now I'm crying again! Anyway, I  love to create pet portraits :)


Tuesday, February 4, 2014

"Pacific View"

"Pacific View"
12" x 12" Pastel on Board
© Monique Straub
 
Views of the Pacific Ocean along the California coast can keep an artist busy for an entire lifetime. I never tire of the changing sky and shadows of this area along Torrey Pines State Park. The brilliance of the sky after a light rain makes this stroll up the hill all worthwhile!

"Pacific View" 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 your door, or purchase here and pick up at my Pt. Loma studio and I'll refund the shipping cost.
$295 + $35 to ship anywhere in the continental US or Canada.




Tuesday, January 28, 2014

"Beneath the Oaks"

"Beneath the Oaks"
24" x 36" Oil on Canvas
© Monique Straub
 
Another of my larger format oil paintings, "Beneath the Oaks" was inspired by a walk through the San Diego back country. I've also painted this scene in pastel using a few different color themes, but I really think this is my favorite.

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. $1295 + $40 to ship anywhere in the continental US or Canada.



Monday, January 20, 2014

"The Quiet Place"

"The Quiet Place"
24" x 36" Oil on Canvas
© Monique Straub
While recently thumbing through my photos for inspiration, I happened on a scene that instantly transported me to such an enjoyable place. A few years ago, on a whim, I applied for a scholarship through the Pastel Society of America, and was fortunate to be one of ten to be selected. The instruction in studio and plein air pastel painting took place at the Scottsdale Artist School in Scottsdale, Arizona. Each morning we would begin our day at the studio preparing our panels and watching a fast demo by instructor Susan Ogilvie. Then it was off to the Sonoran Desert to take in the wide open spaces. On this particular day, we ventured down a long winding dirt path, far from the main road. A beautiful stand of twisted trunk trees was the prize.

With Valentine's Day just around the corner, the dusty pinks paid a visit to my palette. "The Quiet Place" is offered unframed, painted on 1-1/2" depth gallery wrapped canvas, sides painted black, 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 at Liberty Station, Pt. Loma, and I will refund the shipping. $1295 + $40 to ship anywhere in the continental US or Canada. Updated 3/8/14: Sold...to a local collector!

Friday, January 17, 2014

"On the Pond"

"On the Pond"
Framed Oil on Panel
© Monique Straub
Unusually warm days of January here in San Diego have prompted long walks through Balboa Park. One of the beautiful features of our park is the historic Lily Pond. Spent blossom pods and newly blooming flowers make for fun shapes to paint, and lily pads always sport interesting shapes.

"On the Pond" is offered framed in wide, black plein air style frame with gold liner, ready to hang and enjoy. You can purchase here and have it shipped to your door, or purchase here and pick up at my Pt. Loma studio and I'll refund the shipping cost. $275 + $35 to ship anywhere in the continental US or Canada.





Tuesday, January 14, 2014

"Speedy"

"Speedy"
12" x 12" Framed Pastel on Sandpaper
© Monique Straub
 
What is it about dogs that always makes us smile? I was browsing a recent "doggie" event at Liberty Station, and met "Speedy" the terrier mix. He reminded me of my little "Skidmore" the Schnauzer, who now looks down on me from doggie heaven. Since this was an adoption event, it was really hard not to bring them all home. "Speedy" was sporting red bandana, and melting hearts left and right! I'm sure he found a wonderful home that day.

"Speedy" 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 Pt. Loma studio and I'll refund the shipping cost.
$295 + $35 to ship anywhere in the continental US or Canada.





Would you love a doggie portrait of your own little sweetheart? Drop me an email and we'll make it happen!

Sunday, January 12, 2014

"Just Apples"

"Just Apples"
12" x 12" Framed Pastel on Sandpaper
© Monique Straub
 
Dipping into the new box of pastels last week was a real treat. It's funny how my work gravitates toward favorite colors until they are worn down to little round nubs, only to find that months go by before I realize my entire color palette has changed. Today's painting is the pastel version of a very large oil painting completed a few years ago. The composition is fun, and you will soon probably see another large version in oil.

"Just Apples" 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 your door, or purchase here and pick up at my Pt. Loma studio and I'll refund the shipping cost.
$295 + $35 to ship anywhere in the continental US or Canada.




Saturday, January 4, 2014

"First Glimpse"


"First Glimpse"
14" x 18"
Framed pastel on sandpaper
© Monique Straub
 
My first painting of the New Year is dedicated to experiencing all things with fresh eyes. I recently read a great inspirational article for artists that focuses attention on the most simple of things. On a recent walk through nature, I practiced this concept on views of the treetops. When back in the studio, it was easy to remember the smell of the air, the sounds of the birds, and the feeling of calm that surrounded me. Oh yes, and plunging my fingers into a new set of pastels just added to the Zen of the moment :)

"First Glimpse" is framed in wide dark brown, plein air style frame with gold liner and UV/non-glare museum glass, ready to hang and enjoy. Buy it now price $525 + $40 to ship anywhere in the continental US or Canada. Happy New Year!




Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Happy New Year!

Guests enjoying "Friday Night Liberty" open studios at my studio/gallery
Happy New Year!  At the time of this writing hubby and I are preparing to join friends for a festive dinner and New Year's Eve celebration to ring in 2014.

But first...a bit of reflection on the past year. It's not easy making a living as an artist, and I must tell you how truly thankful I am to have a loving and supportive husband. Not only is he there as my foremost art critic, he is always there for moral support. He is there to haul my show panels up and down the stairs, in and out of my studio several times a year. He is there to set up my show booth, teetering on a tall ladder at o'dark thirty several times per year, and taking it down again after an exhausting weekend of "people overload." He hauls and stacks my artwork in our van...back and forth several times per year...and the list of duties goes on. Never a complaint, just a smile and a nod,  teasingly referring to himself as the "pack mule." I couldn't do it without him!

I could not do it without the kind support of kindred art souls in my Facebook community, sharing thoughts and a pat on the back when things go good, and patiently listening when things don't turn out as well.

But most importantly, I could not be doing what I love to do without you...my wonderful collectors! I thank you all so much for enjoying my work enough to bring it into your homes. Your encouragement and support throughout the years have made all my dreams come true.

Thank you, thank you, thank you...I'll raise a toast to you!

Have a joyous New Year,

Monique Straub

Friday, December 27, 2013

"All Choked Up"

While in Sonoma a few years ago, I not only browsed some beautiful vineyards, I also stumbled upon an architectural design/garden center. The garden displays were so unique, I spent almost three hours just wandering about and snapping photos of the many interesting plants. One of the most unique settings was an entire vegetable garden built in raised planters with vertical rebar mesh fashioned into ten foot tall trellis structures. There were fabulous heirloom tomato towers, and this wonderful stand of artichokes that were the tallest I've ever seen. Veggies on steroids I was thinking...

Painted in soft pastel on sandpaper, this piece measures 11" x 14" and is framed in wide dark wood with UV/non-glare museum glass. Ready to hang and enjoy...without the garlic butter :)
Buy it now price $325 + $30 to ship anywhere in the continental U.S. or Canada.



Friday, December 20, 2013

"Back Yard Sunrise"

It was summer time and the painting is easy. I was just back from a wonderful trip to Sonoma wine country with ideas, sketches and images galore. But there's no place like home...with so many beautiful scenes all around me, it's a breeze to notice something interesting right here in my own back yard. I took artistic license with this piece and combined the land scenery looking west, with the sky scenery looking east, and here you have it.

Painted in soft pastel on sandpaper, this piece measures 14" x 18" and is framed in wide dark wood with thin gold liner, and UV/non-glare museum glass. Ready to hang and enjoy. Buy it now price $475 + $40 to ship anywhere in the continental U.S. or Canada. Thanks for looking.



Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Daily Painters "Bugs Eye View"


Have you ever pondered the life of a bug? No cell phone, no television, no email, no traffic ... just strollin' through the Philodendrons, day in and day out...

Painted in soft pastel on sandpaper, this piece measures 12" x 16", and is framed in wide dark wood with UV/non-glare museum glass. Buy it now price $365 + $30 to ship anywhere in the continental U.S. or Canada. You could be a bug every day!



Tuesday, December 10, 2013

"Over Easy"

"Over Easy"
Soft Pastel on Board
12" x 16"
This California Native plant, Romneya Coulteri or "Matilija Poppy" is one of my favorite signs of summer. I found a beautiful stand of these along the frontage road below Presidio Park. Also known as "Fried Egg Poppies," their crepe paper petals sway in the breeze atop 8' tall stalks...a beautiful reminder to passing motorists...slow down, and enjoy your day :)

Framed in wide dark wood with UV/non-glare museum glass, ready to hang and enjoy. Buy it here $365 + $30 to ship anywhere in the continental US or Canada.



Sunday, December 1, 2013

"Cyber Monday" and "Cactus Blossoms"

"Cactus Blossoms"
14" x 18"  Pastel on Sandpaper
© Monique Straub
 
Just one example of the original works available at 15% off for Cyber Monday! Check out my website to see many more available "ready to hang" pastel and oil paintings. Local and don't need to buy online? Purchase in my Liberty Station studio today, on Cyber Monday from 10am - 3pm. *Website purchases will receive 15% discount off listed prices through Paypal refund :)

"Cactus Blossoms" is offered framed in a wide, dark brown, plein air style frame with antique gold liner and 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 and 15% savings. $525 + $35 to ship anywhere in the continental US or Canada. Updated 3/15/14: Sold...to a new local collector!