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.



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. 




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.




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.




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.



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.