Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Mission Federal ArtWalk - This Weekend!

This weekend!
I'm at the corner of India & Cedar St., #318,
just a short hop from the trolley station.
 Stop by for a peek...

Friday, April 21, 2017

"Open Studio" - Attention Pastel Collectors!

Sizes 12" x 16," 11" x 14," and 9" x 12"
all framed with UV Museum Glass
Monique Straub Studio/Gallery "Open Studio" event

Saturday, April 22, 6-8 p.m.
Art on 30th, 4434 30th Street, Studio 4 upstairs, San Diego, CA

It's not often that you get a chance like this! Over the past six or seven years, my top pastel painting collector has acquired over 30 of my original works! Due to her upcoming downsizing to a dramatically smaller retirement condominium, she has asked me to "re-home" a portion of her beloved collection. These paintings are in perfect condition and are framed with UV-clear museum glass, ready to hang and continue to be enjoyed in their new homes.

Although the prices of my work have risen over the years, all of these pieces will be sold at their original price ($295-$395), and are available for delivery anywhere in the continental U.S. for an additional $30, or if you are local to San Diego, you can see them live at my studio in North Park and pick them up there.

Stop by the "Open Studio" event or contact me here if you see something you like. I will be posting better photos of each one on a new tab titled "Pre-Owned" on my blog in the coming days.

Monday, April 10, 2017

"Happy Dance"

"Happy Dance"
12" x 16" Oil on Canvas
© Monique Straub

My office for the day at the Pt. Loma Garden Tour

Yes, I was a happy artist this past Saturday, sitting in a beautiful garden beside a waterfall, painting away, when two of the paintings I had on display at the Pt. Loma Garden Tour found a new home. A full day of painting resulted in the painting above, appropriately titled "Happy Dance." It's not often that I dust off my plein air easel and paint outdoors, but I know I'll be doing it again soon.

"Happy Dance" is painted in oil on gallery wrapped canvas, sides painted black, offered here ready to hang and enjoy. 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. $375 + $30 to ship anywhere in the continental U.S. *This painting will be dry to ship after 4/17 :)




Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Thursday, March 23, 2017

"Ocotillo"

"Ocotillo"
24" x 24" Oil on Canvas
© Monique Straub
Whew...the final painting of my "Desert Series" is complete, and I'm looking forward to seeing them all displayed together in my booth at the Indian Wells Art Festival one week from today. I'll be loading the van next Tuesday afternoon with my lucky 17 paintings and heading out for Palm Desert bright and early on Wednesday. After a half day of travel, and a visit with friends for a wonderful home cooked meal, we will look forward to setting up the booth on Thursday, for the Friday-Saturday-Sunday event. If you happen to be in the area, stop by for a peek!

"Ocotillo" is painted in oil on gallery wrapped canvas, sides painted black, offered here ready to hang and enjoy. If you just can't make it to the desert, you can purchase "Ocotillo" here and have it shipped direct to your door, or pick up at my Art on 30th studio and I will refund the shipping fee. $650 + $40 to ship anywhere in the continental U.S. Updated 3/24/17: Sold...and on its way to West Hills, CA :)

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

"Burst of Spring"

"Burst of Spring"
36" x 36" Oil on Canvas
© Monique Straub
The streets of San Diego are alive with color! One of the official city "street trees" is the beautiful Jacaranda, and many of our streets are ablaze with purple. With the heavy rains we've experienced this year, it is a heavy flowering year. I'll be bringing my work to ArtWalk Little Italy at the end of April, and Cedar Street where my booth will be, is also alive with these beautiful trees. Stay tuned for details.

"Burst of Spring" is painted in oil on gallery wrapped canvas, sides painted black, offered through Adelman Fine Art Gallery, click here.

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

"Sun Splashed"

"Sun Splashed"
12" x 16" Oil on Canvas
© Monique Straub
The back roads of the Sonoma Valley provide tons of inspiration for artists from all over the world. This scene, which I have painted several times in pastel, is from a photo taken on a simple exit road from a wonderful winery we visited. Something as simple as a gravel road, a few trees in a row, and dappled sunlight can trigger a painting adventure. With a cell phone camera always at the ready, I never miss an opportunity to share a beautiful scene.

"Sun Splashed" is painted on 1-1/2" depth gallery wrapped canvas, sides painted black, ready to hang and enjoy. 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. $350 + $30 to ship anywhere in the continental U.S.



Wednesday, March 1, 2017

"Torrey Breeze"

"Torrey Breeze"
12" x 16" Oil on Canvas
© Monique Straub
A hike along the coastal bluffs, the sound of waves crashing below, and the wind whistling in the trees...a recipe for painting inspiration. Torrey Pines State Park has been a favorite painting subject of mine for years. The shapes, the seasonal colors and the open sky are really fun to paint. Having received several requests for works in smaller and more affordable sizes, I have recently begun to paint a few of my favorite scenes and make them available here. I always appreciate your feedback :)

"Torrey Breeze" is painted on 1-1/2" depth gallery wrapped canvas, sides painted black, ready to hang and enjoy. 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. $350 + $30 to ship anywhere in the continental U.S. Updated 3/3/17: Sold...and on its way to Pasadena, CA!

Thursday, February 23, 2017

"Poppy Magic"

"Poppy Magic"
20" x 20" Oil on Gallery Canvas
© Monique Straub
I was recently invited by Adelman Fine Art to paint "live" in front of the gallery, as a represented artist in their current show "Landscape & Bloom." Being that I'm primarily a "studio" painter, and not necessarily much of a "performer," panic ensued! Dusting off my little used plein air easel, and packing the necessary paint and brushes, I checked and rechecked my supplies and off I went. Now that it's over, and the trauma has subsided, I'm happy to report that I had a wonderful time and met a lot of great folks. This is really only the second time I've painted outdoors, with the first time being at the San Diego County Fair Plein Air Contest last July, which was also lots of fun and something I plan on doing again this year.

"Poppy Magic" is the fruit of my sidewalk effort, with final touches completed back in the studio. Painted in oil on 1-1/2" depth gallery wrapped canvas, sides painted black. Offered here ready to hang and enjoy, 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. $450 + $35 to ship anywhere in the continental U.S.



Monday, February 20, 2017

"Room with a View"

"Room with a View"
20" x 20" Oil on Gallery Canvas
© Monique Straub
I can hear you know..."What in the world?" Yup, it's an abstract painting. Every once in a while I'm intrigued by abstract art, so I figured I would have a little fun with my left over palette at the end of the day. It's really no different than painting a landscape. I'm still aware of color choices, balance, movement, brushwork, etc. These little gems are great for adding a pop of color in those hard to decorate spaces.

"Room with a View" is painted in oil on gallery wrapped 1-1/2" depth canvas, sides painted black, ready to hang and enjoy. 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. $450 + $35 to ship anywhere in the continental U.S.



Tuesday, February 14, 2017

"By Moonlight"

"By Moonlight"
18" x 36" Oil on Canvas
© Monique Straub
Isn't nature brilliant? Studying the graceful tree forms during a recent road trip through the "Seventeen Mile Drive" in Carmel was so relaxing...and I noticed something interesting. Taking this drive on a beautiful moonlit evening sets the artful trunks at center stage, with foliage a mere supporting role. While painting this piece, I felt like I was right back in the passenger seat...pondering my next painting. Another trip to the beautiful Carmel/Monterey coast is in the works for our 29th wedding anniversary. I can't wait!

"By Moonlight" is painted in oil on 1-1/2" depth gallery wrapped canvas, sides painted black. Two canvases, side by side, 18" x 36" each.  Offered ready to hang and enjoy through Adelman Fine Art Gallery, click here.

Saturday, January 28, 2017

"Another Road Trip"

"Another Road Trip"
36" x 36" Oil on Canvas
© Monique Straub
Something a little different rolled off the brushes this week. I've been painting steadily for my upcoming show at the Indian Wells Art Festival, and palm trees have been center stage. Not sure where this came from, but I like it :) I generally start my morning painting sessions by pouring through a big box of photos I've taken over the years. Some still excite me, and some not so much. This photo reference was taken on the way home to San Diego from Las Vegas. I've painted it in soft pastel once, and in oil twice, each time a different color palette and flavor shows through. This is my favorite version to date.

"Another Road Trip" is painted in oil on gallery wrapped canvas, sides painted black, offered here ready to hang and enjoy. 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. $1395 + $60 to ship anywhere in the continental U.S.



Monday, January 23, 2017

"Windswept"

"Windswept"
36" x 36" Oil on Canvas
© Monique Straub
The third painting of my current "Desert Palm" series, "Windswept" was painted from a photograph that I took last summer while enjoying a morning hike in the Palm Desert area of the Coachella Valley. The wind was whipping and these palms were rustling a song of peace and solitude.

"Windswept" is painted in oil on gallery wrapped canvas, sides painted black, offered ready to hang and enjoy through Adelman Fine Art Gallery, click here.

Sunday, January 8, 2017

"Borrego Bliss"

"Borrego Bliss"
36" X 36" Oil on Canvas
© Monique Straub
The first painting of the New Year is always a joy to complete. Part of my current "Desert Palm" series, "Borrego Bliss" was painted from a photograph that I took last summer while enjoying a hike in the warmth of the desert sun. This row of stately palms is sporting the down-to-the-ground skirts that make them truly special to me. The rustling of the dried skirts in the wind is akin to the lapping of ocean waves on the sand...very peaceful. I'm planning another trip to the California desert soon, and hope to add more images for my upcoming show at the Indian Wells Art Festival this March.

"Borrego Bliss" is painted in oil on gallery wrapped canvas, sides painted black, offered here ready to hang and enjoy. Updated 3/18/17: Sold!   Thank you Adelman Fine Art!

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

A move across the hall...

Now that the holidays are behind us, I'm settling into my new studio nicely. No, I didn't move far,
just across the hall, still at Art on 30th, to a larger studio space. It is such a luxury to have the prep space, storage space, and display space to hang not only my work, but a few of my sweetie Johns beautiful photographs. Not to mention the wall space to paint large canvases, a few at a time!

As some of you locals may know, Art on 30th here in San Diego, hosts a monthly art reception and "open studio" event. I'll be off on vacation for the January event, but would love to see you for the February event on Saturday the 11th from 6-8pm. I'll post more info as the time approaches.

--Happy New Year!






Wednesday, December 21, 2016

"Wild Orchid"

"Wild Orchid"
30" x 48" Oil on Canvas
© Monique Straub
Holiday Greetings! Thank you for taking the time to enjoy my art. Whether you stopped by during one of my monthly open studio nights, visited my booth at a local fine art festival, or joined me on Facebook and Instagram, I am grateful to share my art experiences with each of you. I hope the magic of the season will last throughout the year, and may your 2017 be filled with joy, art, and good cheer.

Please enjoy my final painting of 2016. "Wild Orchid" is painted in oil on gallery wrapped canvas, sides painted black, offered here ready to hang and enjoy. 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. $1450 + $60 to ship anywhere in the continental U.S.



Wednesday, December 14, 2016

"Tulip Modern"

"Tulip Modern"
20" x 20" Oil on Gallery Canvas
© Monique Straub
This fun little piece was inspired by a visit to the dentist office. A birthday present for one of the girls in the office, this perky little bouquet was begging to be painted. Of course there was much "artistic license" in play here, since I didn't want to paint file cabinets and paperwork. Fun things to paint can be found just about anywhere...you just have to keep your head in the clouds :)

"Tulip Modern" is painted in oil on gallery wrapped canvas, sides painted black, offered here ready to hang and enjoy. 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. $425 + $35 to ship anywhere in the continental U.S.



Monday, November 28, 2016

"Winter Pods"

"Winter Pods"
20" x 20" Oil on Canvas
© Monique Straub
It's going to be a busy week at Straub Studio/Gallery! I will be moving across the hall (still at Art on 30th) to a much larger studio, and including the wonderful photographic work of my sweetie John. If you're in the area, save the date, Saturday December 10th from 6-8pm, for our new studio reveal event. In the meantime, I will be showing several of my works in pastel at Pt. Loma Tea at Liberty Station. John and I will be joining the festivities for Friday Night Liberty this coming Friday, December 2nd from 5-8 at the tea shop. Hope to see you there.

"Winter Pods" is painted on a 20" x 20" gallery wrapped canvas, sides painted black, offered here ready to hang and enjoy. 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. $425 + $35 to ship anywhere in the continental U.S.



Thursday, November 10, 2016

"California Winter"

"California Winter"
36" x 36" Oil on Canvas
© Monique Straub
Palm fronds rustling in the warm Santa Ana breeze, skies clear and bright, and the deep blue of the ocean...November in San Diego. I'm a native San Diegan, and I've never lived anywhere else. When I had my studio in Balboa Park, I was always surprised by the occasional comments of mid-westerners seeing a palm tree for the first time in amazement. They're everywhere here, like big weeds, but oh so fun to paint. I'm currently working on a series of palms in desert and coastal settings, and many have found new homes!

"California Winter" is painted on a 36" x 36" gallery wrapped canvas, sides painted black, offered here ready to hang and enjoy. Updated 4/15/17: This painting SOLD.