Tuesday, May 19, 2015

New Art "Torrey Dance"

"Torrey Dance"
12" x 16" Pastel on Sandpaper
© Monique Straub
I'm revisiting on of my favorite images from Torrey Pines State Park today. The fun and playful shapes of the trees just keep me coming back. I'm often asked if I do my work in a larger format than most of the pastel pieces I offer in 12" x 16" and 14" x 18", and the answer is yes, if you would like to have it framed on your own. Since I do all of my own framing, once the size is larger than this, the glass and wood frames get too heavy for my grumpy back to handle. In addition to the option of pastel, I also paint in oil on canvas in the same style, and this offers a better way to get something large for that special place.

"Torrey Dance" is offered framed in a wide, dark brown, plein air style frame with UV/non-glare museum glass, ready to hang and enjoy. $365 + $35 to ship anywhere in the continental US, or you can pick it up at my studio in Spanish Village, Balboa Park, and I'll refund the shipping fee.



Saturday, May 16, 2015

"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.




Monday, May 11, 2015

Hills of Summer

"Hills of Summer"
12" x 16" Pastel on Sandpaper
© Monique Straub
Summer is right around the corner, and I can't wait for my annual trip through central California up to the Monterey Bay/Carmel region. I am always inspired by the hillsides dotted with oak trees along the way through Paso Robles and Santa Maria. I am sure that this year there will be a bit less green than in past years, but the warm, rich ochres and browns are beautiful just the same!

"Hills of Summer" is offered framed in a wide, dark brown, plein air style frame with UV/non-glare museum glass. Ready to hang and enjoy $365 + $35 to ship anywhere in the continental US or Canada, or pick up at my Spanish Village studio and I'll refund the shipping.



Friday, May 8, 2015

New Art - "Poppin"

"Poppin"
8" x 8" framed oil on canvas
© Monique Straub
After another great ArtWalk weekend, I'm back at the easel having fun creating for my next show at the La Jolla Festival of the Arts on June 20-21. These smaller original oil paintings are a great way to jump start your art collection, or add a pop of color to that special little spot in your home.

"Poppin" is framed in a 1-1/2" deep gold crackle frame, ready to hang and enjoy! $115 + $12 to ship anywhere in the continental US or Canada, or pick up at my Spanish Village studio and I'll refund the shipping.



Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Mission Federal ArtWalk - This Weekend!



It's that time of year again... Mission Federal ArtWalk comes to Little Italy this weekend. With over 300 artist booths, music, great food, and spectacular weather in the forecast, this promises to be a fun weekend! Come and check out my new works in pastel and oil. The event officially begins at 11am both days, but I will be set up and ready to go by 10am each day if you prefer to beat the crowds.

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 there!

Monique :)

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

"The Guardians"

"The Guardians"
12" x 16" Framed Pastel
© Monique Straub
This new piece revisits a favorite photo image of mine. Taken on the exit road of a beautiful winery in Sonoma, California. The breeze was blowing and the golden sun was bouncing off the tips of these beautiful purplish red plum trees. It was a riot of color, and such a strong bit of natural design with the deep shadows and clear blue sky, dotted with cotton candy clouds. I just love that place...can't you tell?

"The Guardians" is offered framed in a wide, dark brown, plein air style frame with UV/non-glare museum glass. Ready to hang and enjoy. $365 + $35 to ship anywhere in the continental US or Canada, or pick up at my Spanish Village studio and I'll refund the shipping. Updated 4/26/15: Sold!

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

"Summer Fronds"

"Summer Fronds"
12" x 16" Pastel on Sandpaper
© Monique Straub

Spring gives way to an early summer here in San Diego, and the palm fronds are already rustling in the Santa Ana winds. It always brings a smile to my face to hear the tourists comment with delight when they see their first palm tree! I'm so used to seeing them, and sweeping up their messy little seed balls, it's fun to imagine seeing one for the first time.  

"Summer Fronds" is offered framed in a wide, dark brown, plein air style frame with UV/non-glare museum glass. Ready to hang and enjoy. $365 + $35 to ship anywhere in the continental US or Canada, or pick up at my Spanish Village studio and I'll refund the shipping.
Updated 4/27/15: Sold!

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Los Penasquitos Preserve


"Los Penasquitos Preserve"
12" x 16" Pastel on Sandpaper
© Monique Straub
A short burst of rain in the San Diego area has given me lots of ideas to work with. Our sky is usually "severe clear" with not a cloud in sight. A trip up the coast near Del Mar was just the inspiration I needed to capture fleeting clouds and the beautiful greens and oranges of the Los Penasquitos Preserve, with Hwy.1 and Torrey Pines State Park in the distance. Each year I receive an invitation to paint at the Torrey Pines Plein Air event, but wind, fog and rain have made me think twice. Maybe 2015 is my year!

"Los Penasquitos Preserve" is offered framed in a wide, dark brown, plein air style frame with UV/non-glare museum glass. Ready to hang and enjoy. $365 + $35 to ship anywhere in the continental US or Canada, or pick up at my Spanish Village studio and I'll refund the shipping.
Updated 4/27/15: Sold!

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

"Touch of Torrey Pines"

"Touch of Torrey Pines"
36" x 24" Oil on Gallery Canvas
© Monique Straub
We're off for a hike through Torrey Pines State Park today, one of my local favorite outdoor getaways. I'm so intrigued by the distinctive trees that make this park a special place.

Here is a little info on the naming of these "Dr. Seuss" shaped oddities:

Because groves of trees were not common along the Southern California coast, early Spanish explorers (1500-1700 AD) referred to this area as Punto de Los Arboles, which literally means "Point of Trees." They used this area both as a landmark and as a warning that they were too close to the shore in the fog. The trees themselves were referred to as Soledad Pines (Solitary Pines) by the first non-Native Americans to visit the area. The name remained until 1850.

The first modern account of the Torrey pine occurred with the renaming of the tree in 1850. It was "officially" discovered by Dr. Charles Christopher Parry. Parry was in San Diego as botanist for the US - Mexico Boundary Survey. The purpose of the survey was to determine the boundaries between Mexico and California. Parry was a medical doctor with an interest in botany: specifically, why plants grew where they did and how Indians used plants. Parry named the tree for his friend and colleague, Dr. John Torrey, of New York. Torrey was one of the leading botanists of his time. He had co-authored A Flora of North America, and was the sole author of A Flora of New York State.

"Touch of Torrey Pines" 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. $1295 + $40 to ship anywhere in the continental US or Canada. 



Wednesday, February 18, 2015

"Wake Up to Sunshine"

"Wake Up To Sunshine"
24" x 24" Oil on Gallery Canvas
© Monique Straub
Studio News: Oh how life can change in the blink of an eye! If you're following me on Facebook, you already know that I've been diagnosed with Cancer. Stage 2 Lymphoma to be exact. I've just completed my second round of Chemotherapy, and I'm happy to report that things are going very well. Getting tired easily is the only side effect I'm currently experiencing, so the painting continues at my home studio, and I hope to be ready to show my work again at ArtWalk in Little Italy this coming April.

"Wake Up to Sunshine" is my latest oil painting on canvas, it is 24" x 24" on 1-1/2" thick 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 Spanish Village Studio #34A  in Balboa Park and I will refund the shipping fee. $575 + $40 to ship anywhere in the continental US. or Canada. Thanks for stopping by :)



Thursday, January 15, 2015

2015 Studio News!

SPECIAL ORDER COMMISSION - SOLD
"Trailside Oaks"
18" x 24" Pastel on Sandpaper
© Monique Straub
Wow...already two weeks into January and this is my first blog post of the year! Things have been busy in the studio, and I would like to thank you all for making 2014 another amazing year for Monique Straub Studio/Gallery! I so enjoyed corresponding with everyone, and creating special "one-of-a-kind" paintings for so many of you that enjoy my art.

In addition to my participation in a few new shows in 2014, one of the highlights of the year was my move to a larger "working" studio in Little Italy. The expansion allowed me to offer larger oil paintings and work on large scale commission pieces, which have been very well received. The down side to the new studio is public access is not as easy. To solve that problem, I have work on display at Spanish Village Art Center, Studio 34A (Balboa Park), that can be viewed 7 days a week from 11am to 4pm, and all available work is also shown on my website.

With my first show of 2015 coming up at Mission Federal ArtWalk in Little Italy, on April 25th, it promises to be another fun filled year in the studio.

Thank you all again for your enthusiastic support of my work, without you  I could not be doing the work I love!

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

"November Sundown"

"November Sundown"
12" x 12" Pastel on Sandpaper
© Monique Straub
The cold, crisp evenings and clear forever skies of November provide some of the most beautiful sunsets here in San Diego. A stunning backdrop for the shadows of palms rustling in the breeze. The historic Hotel Del Coronado is always a favorite destination for John and I between the end of November and the beginning of December. We love to sit in the lounge and snack, enjoying the idea that we can be tourists in our own town!

"November Sundown" 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. $325 + $40 to ship anywhere in the continental US or Canada.



Sunday, December 7, 2014

Torrey Summer Two

"Torrey Summer Two"
Pastel on Sandpaper
© Monique Straub

A favorite scene of mine, and a scene that I recently completed on a 36" x 48" oil on canvas, I figured it would be fun to paint another in pastel. This piece is 12" x 16" with the perfect pop of color to wake up any room! It is the first in a series of Torrey Pine works that I am preparing for upcoming festival shows in 2015.

"Torrey Summer Two" 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. Updated 12/8/14: Sold...to a new collector in Dallas, Texas!

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

"California Farmlands Two"

"California Farmlands Two"
36" x 48" Oil on Canvas
© Monique Straub
The smell of deep brown earth and row upon row of greenery are sure to jump start my creative thinking. Using a photo I took during a drive through Central California a few years back, the fun of playing with color and movement quickly take center stage. I'm often asked if I ever draw or paint more "realistically," and the answer is "I try not to." My early art training was in technical illustration, very tight and exacting drawings of machinery and tools. I was really good at it, since I'm pretty much a perfectionist, but it was boring as all get out! Playing with my own color and exaggerated shapes is much more fun.

"California Farmlands Two" 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 in Little Italy, and I will refund the shipping. $2495 + $65 to ship anywhere in the continental US or Canada.






Thursday, October 16, 2014

Thank you, thank you, thank you!

"Old Town Sentinels"
off to a happy new home!
I would like to extend a great big thank you to all of my Facebook fans, collectors, and blog followers that stopped by to visit me at the La Jolla Art & Wine Festival this past weekend. It was the first time I have participated in this particular festival, and many paintings found new homes. It was a great weekend!

Welcome to those of you new to my VIP email list, I hope you will explore my blog and check out my calendar there for future events and available works. You will receive my emails approx. once per week, with new paintings and special event news.

Thank you for joining me :)

Monique

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

"Torrey Summer"

"Torrey Summer"
48" x 36" Oil on Canvas
© Monique Straub
While showing my work at local art festivals such as ArtWalk Little Italy and the La Jolla Festival of the Arts, I am always asked about larger works. With plenty of room to move around in my new Little Italy studio, I now have the luxury of space to actually work on two or more of these large paintings at a time. Having just completed this jumbo work in oil, it will be my center piece for the upcoming La Jolla Art & Wine Festival, next weekend, October 11 & 12.

"Torrey Summer" is painted in response to happy times hiking at Torrey Pines, here in San Diego. 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 in Little Italy, and I will refund the shipping. $2495 + $65 to ship anywhere in the continental US or Canada. Updated 10/13/14: Sold at the La Jolla Art & Wine Festival!

Monday, September 22, 2014

"Summer Heirlooms"

"Summer Heirlooms"
24" x 24" Oil on Gallery Wrapped Canvas
© Monique Straub
What is it about Heirloom tomatoes that is so appealing? I always make a bee-line to the farmers market vendors that peddle these beautiful orbs. With the onset of Fall here in San Diego, the pumpkins and squash have already started to make their appearances. It's still life time in the studio this time of year!

"Summer Heirlooms" is painted on a 1-1/2" thick, gallery wrapped canvas with 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 Little Italy studio and I will refund the shipping fee. $575 + $40 to ship anywhere in the continental US or Canada. Thanks for stopping by :)



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! Updated 3/5/15: Sold!

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 :) Updated 1/1/14: Sold!