Sunday, May 29, 2016

"Road Trip #2"

"Road Trip #2"
20" x 20" Oil on Canvas
© Monique Straub
It's almost summer...and that means road trips! The colorful hills on a sunny trip to Las Vegas were the inspiration for this whimsical travel piece. Puffy cloud dotted skies, and not another car in sight. Heading east from San Diego to any destination is a fun trip. Heading north from San Diego through Los Angeles...not so much! Need to add a little color to your life?

"Road Trip #2" is painted in oil on gallery wrapped 1-1/2" depth canvas, sides painted black and ready to hang, no frame needed. You can purchase here and have it shipped to your door, or purchase here and pick up at my Art on 30th studio, and I will refund the shipping fee. $395 + $40 to ship anywhere in the continental US or Canada.



Wednesday, May 25, 2016

"Back Road Boogie"

"Back Road Boogie"
36" x 36" Oil on Canvas
© Monique Straub
Preparations continue in the studio today, with the San Diego Festival of the Arts just weeks away on June 11-12, at beautiful Waterfront Park in Downtown San Diego. New paintings are ready, and big savings will be offered on 2015 paintings to make way for new works. Be sure to mark your calendars!

Windy, late spring days, and the transition from fall colors to spring colors are the inspiration for "Back Road Boogie." One of my favorite hiking areas in the back country of Poway provided the perfect setting for a springtime walk through the trees.

"Back Road Boogie" is offered here read to hang, 36" x 36" with sides of gallery wrapped 1-1/2" canvas painted black.You can purchase here and have it shipped to your door, or purchase here and pick up at my Art on 30th studio, and I will refund the shipping fee. $1295 + $40 to ship anywhere in the continental US or Canada.



Wednesday, May 4, 2016

The Dream Continues...

Mission Federal ArtWalk 2016
 An intense weekend of kids, dogs, critics and kettlecorn...my first festival of the season is a wrap!

Sharing a double booth this year with my photographer husband John, it went by like a flash. Many paintings found new homes, and all of the positive comments will surely fuel my creativity in the months ahead.

I would like to extend a huge thank you to all of my Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest, and blog followers that visited my booth at ArtWalk this year. It is always fun to meet my social media friends in the flesh!

Mark your calendars for my next show, The San Diego Festival (formerly the La Jolla Festival of the Arts), at an all new location at beautiful Waterfront Park on the Embarcadero, June 11-12.

In addition to festival shows, you can see my work at my "Open Studio" events at Art on 30th. See the Events tab on my blog, or sign up for blog notifications to receive info on dates and times.


Saturday, April 23, 2016

"One Lip Two Lip"

"One Lip Two Lip"
20" x 20" Oil on Gallery Wrap Canvas
© Monique Straub
The countdown is on...next weekend is Mission Federal ArtWalk in Little Italy here in San Diego. It is one of my biggest shows of the year, and this year I look forward to sharing an adjoining booth with my husband John, who will be showing his fine art photography for the very first time. I'll provide more on that in a later post.

My newest painting "One Lip Two Lip" was inspired by a quick photo of a friends birthday flowers. Of course, I always change up the colors and background, and this one was really a fun challenge. I've painted this before in soft pastel in a similar color palette.

"One Lip Two Lip" is offered here ready to hang, 20" x 20" with sides of gallery wrapped 1-1/2" depth canvas painted black. You can purchase here and have it shipped to your door, or purchase here and pick up at my studio at Art on 30th, and I will refund the shipping fee. $395 + $40 to ship anywhere in the continental US or Canada.




Monday, April 18, 2016

"Garden Gala"

"Garden Gala"
12" x 16" Pastel on Sandpaper
© Monique Straub
Fluffy headed Poppies...dancing in the wind on tall curved stems...it's party time! Another of my newly painted pastel pieces, headed for Mission Federal ArtWalk in Little Italy at the end of this month, April 30 - May 1. I've been painting, framing, and snapping photos at a fever pitch...and I'm excited to show you what's new. I hope you have a chance to stop by my booth #318 at the corner of India & Cedar Street, and take a look. Not going to make it? You can purchase any of my available works right here on my website.

"Garden Gala" is painted in soft pastel on sandpaper, offered framed in a dark brown wood, plein air style frame, ready to hang and enjoy.  You may purchase here and have it shipped to your door, or or purchase here and pick it up at my studio at Art on 30th, and I will refund the shipping. $375 + $40 to ship anywhere in the continental U.S. or Canada.



Sunday, April 10, 2016

"Succulent Surprise"

"Succulent Surprise"
24" x 36" Oil on Canvas
© Monique Straub
Being a "studio painter" definitely has its benefits. I take photos of interesting scenes I come across almost daily, and store them in file boxes in my studio. Many times I find that favorites return to my easel several times, and they are painted in different formats with different color palettes. This painting is from a photo I took at the Water Conservation Garden near Cuyamaca College here in San Diego. The succulent garden was in full bloom, but it was so hot that day, I was melting! In the comfort of my air conditioned studio, I can crank up the tunes and paint away in comfort...no heat, no wind, no bugs for this girl :) I've painted this one before in pastel, this is the first oil.

"Succulent Surprise" is offered here, ready to hang and enjoy. Painted on 1-1/2" deep 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 at Art on 30th, and I will refund the shipping. $865 + $50 to ship anywhere in the continental US or Canada.




Thursday, April 7, 2016

Cactus Abstractus

"Cactus Abstractus"
12" x 16" Pastel on Sandpaper
© Monique Straub
There is just something fun and magical about paddle cactus. Also known as Opuntia, these plump paddles are found on many of the hillsides here in San Diego, and they are also used in Mexican cooking to make great salsa! Anyhow...I love to draw them and I am always amazed at the vivid colors they display.

"Cactus Abstractus" is painted in soft pastel on sandpaper, offered framed in a wide, dark brown wood, 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 it up at my studio/gallery at Art on 30th, and I will refund the shipping. $375 + $40 to ship anywhere in the continental U.S. or Canada.



Thursday, March 31, 2016

"Spring Canopy"

"Spring Canopy"
12" x 16" Pastel on Sandpaper
© Monique Straub
My early morning walks through the neighborhood are always ripe with inspiration. Currently, the gold and rusty tones of fall have given way to the bright green glow of new growth on the treetops. The smell of Eucalyptus on a crisp spring morning is second only to the cup of hot coffee that awaits at the studio.

"Spring Canopy" is painted in soft pastel on sandpaper, offered framed in a wide, dark brown wood, 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 it up at my studio/gallery at Art on 30th, and I will refund the shipping. $375 + $40 to ship anywhere in the continental U.S. or Canada.





Monday, March 28, 2016

"Just Beachy"

"Just Beachy"
12" x 16" Pastel on Sandpaper
© Monique Straub
An unusually clear and warm Spring is upon us here in San Diego...and I'm not complaining! Crisp blue skies and beautiful amber sunsets are the perfect inspiration for my latest works in pastel. Preparations continue in the studio for upcoming art shows, with the Mission Federal ArtWalk in Little Italy at the end of April the first of the season.

"Just Beachy" is painted in soft pastel on sandpaper, offered framed in a wide, dark brown wood, 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 it up at my studio/gallery on 30th Street in North Park, and I will refund the shipping. $375 + $40 to ship anywhere in the continental U.S. or Canada.
Updated 3/30/16: Yippee...sold!

Saturday, March 19, 2016

"Golden Sunrise"

"Golden Sunrise"
24" x 36" each, diptych, oil on canvas
© Monique Straub
The bright, clear mornings of Spring are upon us. Here on the east county side of San Diego, the morning light over the distant purple tinged mountains greets us with a golden glow. Trees are sprouting to their full glory, and the smell of fragrant blooms is in the air. My latest paintings have taken on the colors of Spring, in anticipation of my first show of the season, Mission Federal ArtWalk, the last weekend of April. Mark your calendars for Saturday and Sunday, April 30 and May 1st, and watch here to see all of my newest work.

"Golden Sunrise" is offered here, ready to hang and enjoy. Painted on two, gallery wrapped canvases, sides painted black. You may purchase here and have them shipped to your door, or purchase here and pick up at my studio/gallery at Art on 30th, and I will refund the shipping. $1595 + $50 to ship anywhere in the continental US or Canada.



Monday, March 7, 2016

"California Color Burst"

"California Color Burst"
12" x 16" Pastel on Sandpaper
© Monique Straub
With Spring on the near horizon, the hillsides are alive with color! Brightly colored native scrub, and new growth from the recent rains have greens all aglow, and flowers making their appearance. I love to pump up the volume and give my pastel box a workout this time of year. This is another of my Central California back road scenes, and one I have done before in a different color palette.

"California Color Burst" is painted in soft pastel on sandpaper, offered framed in a wide, dark brown wood, 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 it up at my studio/gallery on 30th Street in North Park, and I will refund the shipping. $375 + $40 to ship anywhere in the continental U.S. or Canada. Updated 5/1/16: Sold...to a new collector at Mission Federal ArtWalk :)

Thursday, February 18, 2016

"The Dragon Trees"

"The Dragon Trees"
12" x 16" Pastel on Sandpaper
© Monique Straub
Located along Park Blvd. across from Spanish Village Art Center, the Balboa Park Desert Garden is the modern day, expanded version of the original "Old Cactus Garden" designed by Kate Sessions. The Desert Garden boasts a large variety of succulents and cacti, arranged in and around rock outcroppings and meandering pathways. My favorite plantings are the "Dragon Trees," botanically known as "Dracaena draco." A member of the asparagus family, when young it has a single stem. At about 10-15 years of age the stem stops growing and produces a flower spike with white, lily-like perfumed flowers. Soon a crown of terminal buds appears and the plant starts branching into a very Dr. Seuss-like tree. They are a must see!

"The Dragon Trees" are painted in soft pastel on sandpaper, offered framed in a wind, 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 it up at my studio/gallery at Art on 30th in North Park, and I will refund the shipping. $375 + $40 to ship anywhere in the continental U.S. or Canada.



Tuesday, February 9, 2016

The Olive Grove

"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.

"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 at Art on 30th in North Park, and I will refund the shipping. $1295 + $50 to ship anywhere in the continental U.S. or Canada.




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 at Art on 30th in North Park, and I will refund the shipping. $1450 + $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 at Art on 30th in North Park and I will refund the shipping fee. $375 + $40 to ship anywhere in the continental U.S. or Canada.



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. Updated 2/18/16: Sold...to a new San Diego collector!

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. Updated 2/14/16: Sold to a lovely San Diego couple for Valentine's Day :)

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 at Art on 30th in North Park, and I will refund the shipping fee. $365 + $35 to ship anywhere in the continental U.S. or Canada. Updated 5/1/16: Sold!...to a new collector at Mission Federal ArtWalk :)

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 :)