Sunday, January 7, 2018

Shake your Palm-Palm!

"Shake your Palm-Palm"
36" x 36" Oil on Canvas
© Monique Straub
Yup, that's exactly what I've been doing in the studio lately..."Shakin my palm-palm!" Holiday sales have been brisk, and a new show at Adelman Fine Art is just around the corner in February. Art show planning is in process, and hopefully I'll have a few new shows to add to the calendar. I know a few of my collectors have been asking for "big" paintings, so I have a few 48" x 48" pieces in the works, but much bigger than that will have to wait for a new art hauling van...

"Shake your Palm-Palm" is inspired by warm California Desert mornings. It is painted in oil on gallery wrapped canvas, sides painted black, ready to hang and enjoy. You can purchase here and have it delivered to your door. $2000 with free shipping anywhere in the continental U.S.



Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Happy New Year!

"Desert Trio"
36" X 48" Oil on Gallery Wrapped Canvas
© Monique Straub
Happy New Year! Closing out another successful year, and looking forward to a new year is always exciting. I am truly grateful for my relationship with a new gallery for 2017, and can't wait to see what is in store for 2018. My work has been literally flying of the walls at Adelman Fine Art, and February of this year will usher in a new "three-artist show" at Adelman that I am truly looking forward to.

I am enjoying my new studio (yes, I moved again in December), and all is going well in the new Mission Valley location. The new space is dedicated to painting and production, and I will continue to show my work at Adelman, as well as the Mission Federal ArtWalk in April, and a few local outdoor festivals throughout the year. My fingers are crossed for a new venue in Laguna Beach, but more on that later.

Please feel free to check out the "Events" tab on my blog for upcoming events, or see all that I have available here at Adelman Fine Art.

Thank you so much for your interest in my art, I hope to see you at an event soon!

Monique

Saturday, December 23, 2017

The Grove

"The Grove"
36" x 36" Oil on Canvas
© Monique Straub
Walking in nature brings out the best in any artist. Experiencing shapes, lines, texture, color, and even scent can enhance our interpretations of the things around us. Most days folks just walk right by natures creations, but not on this day. A walk through this grove of trees near La Jolla had my painting juices stirring. A quick snap here, and another snap there, and my memory of the day was preserved in my cell phone, until it was time to let it back out on canvas. There is something very special about trees...can you feel it?

"The Grove" is painted in the colors of my memory, on 1-1/2" depth gallery wrapped canvas, sides painted black, ready to hang and enjoy. You can purchase here and have it delivered to your door. $1800 with free shipping anywhere in the continental U.S.



Tuesday, December 19, 2017

New Studio Pictures!


I was recently reminded by a Facebook friend that I haven't shared many photos of my new studio. So, here are a few snaps of the new digs. Since I no longer have the need for public "gallery" space (thank you Adelman Fine Art), the space is now 100% working area. My second floor studio entry balcony faces north, overlooking Mission Valley Center. 

My top corner studio location is in an office building that is mainly occupied by mortgage and insurance companies. It's the perfect fit for me, since I like things calm and quiet. I rarely see anyone, and the parking is covered under the building. A handy elevator for lugging paintings up and down is a godsend for my creaky knees! The restroom is beautiful too. I really had to do a bit of persuading when it came to leasing this space, assuring the owner I was not the "Jackson Pollock" type. 

This is the painting in progress wall, with my glass top table palette and chair there in the corner. I love the view, and the movement and activity on the freeway keeps me company. The drive thru at the Wendys restaurant below is also pretty entertaining, although the smell of burgers and fries is pretty tempting.  I'm sure this view will be interesting when it rains. 

Surrounded by windows, the studio has great north light to paint by. I have a work table in the center, and that's my lunch and paperwork table in the far corner. It's enough room to be efficient without feeling cramped. Having carpet is cool too. 

View to the entry and balcony. The space is surprisingly quiet, considering proximity to the freeway below. It's a bit like working in a fish bowl with all the glass, and I'm sure the air conditioning in the summer will be a welcome addition.

This door is permanently locked, and leads to the office suites next door. They all link together if someone wanted to lease them all, and I'm sure the suite I'm in was designed as the bosses office with the view, but I'm the Grand Poo-Bah now!

Thanks for your curiosity, I hope you enjoyed the tour :)

Monique

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

New Gallery Show Opens!

Works by Monique Straub
at Adelman Fine Art

I'm excited to announce the opening of "Art you Enjoy," at Adelman Fine Art. This is an exhibition featuring artworks that embody the joy of the season, and I am excited to have six of my new original paintings included in the show.  View my other available pieces by clicking here.

Located in the Little Italy neighborhood of San Diego, Adelman Fine Art is a contemporary boutique gallery. Nestled along a tree-lined walkway in the Broadstone Building on Kettner Blvd, between Grape and Fir Streets, the gallery is surrounded by Little Italy's most popular restaurants, shops, and waterfront park - a vibrant shopping destination. Visit for the day and enjoy the good life by the bay!

Gallery Open Hours:
Sunday: Noon-6, Monday/Tuesday closed, Wednesday/Thursday 11-7, Friday/Saturday 11-9pm

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Merlot Magic

"Merlot Magic"
40" x 40" Oil on Canvas
© Monique Straub
It's a festive time of year, and holiday parties are already in full swing. The appetizers are plentiful, and the wine is flowing. I generally can't wait to get into my studio to paint, but I must admit, it can be difficult to stay focused this time of year. As I sip my wine, it dawns on me that it's time to paint the vineyards again. I've previously painted this scene in soft pastel, but never in oil. I hope you like it!

"Merlot Magic" is painted on 1-1/2" depth gallery wrapped canvas, sides painted black, ready to hang and enjoy. The inspiration for this painting was a recent trip to the vineyards in Sonoma. You can purchase here and have it delivered to your door. $2200 with free shipping anywhere in the continental U.S.



Monday, November 20, 2017

"Poppy Crazy"

"Poppy Crazy"
18" x 24" Oil on Canvas
© Monique Straub
Yes, "Poppy Crazy"...that's what one of my collectors has described as the condition of her back yard. The abnormally warm temperatures here in San Diego have contributed to the current explosion of color, and I'm just giddy, hopping around with my camera in hand. Many more poppy, sunflower, and flowering tree paintings are sure to follow!

"Poppy Crazy" is painted on 1-1/2" depth gallery wrapped canvas, sides painted black, ready to hang and enjoy. $650 with free shipping anywhere in the continental U.S. Purchase this beautiful painting from Adelman Fine Art click here!

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Torrey Winter

"Torrey Winter"
24" x 36" Oil on Canvas
© Monique Straub
The change from fall to winter has begun here in San Diego. It's not dramatic by East Coast standards, but as a San Diego native, I can see it clearly. Trees are thinning, colors are cooler, and a crispness is in the air. It's a great time of year for fine dining and catching up on favorite local attractions. Tourists have gone for the summer, and all is calm until Black Friday...then the crush is on!

"Torrey Winter" is painted in the colors of a San Diego winter, on 1-1/2" depth gallery wrapped canvas, sides painted black, ready to hang and enjoy. $1200 with free shipping anywhere in the continental U.S. Purchase this beautiful painting through Adelman Fine Art, click here!

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

"Make a Wish"

"Make a Wish"
24" x 24" Oil on Canvas
© Monique Straub
It is always a joyous moment when a butterfly is spotted, floating through the garden. I think they bring good luck! This beauty was fluttering through the coneflowers at dusk, spreading goodness and cheer. Quickly captured with a cellphone shot, and rendered in oil, she will be remembered forever.

"Make a Wish" 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 delivered to your door. $800 with free shipping anywhere in the continental U.S. Updated 11/16/17: Sold...to my collector in Cave Creek :)

Thursday, November 9, 2017

"Harvest Moon"

"Harvest Moon"
24" x 24" Oil on Canvas
© Monique Straub
Crystal clear and cool blue night skies, the full Harvest Moon overhead, and the distant hoot of an owl. Can you feel it? Fall is in the air. Pumpkins, cinnamon, turkey, the list goes on. It's the most wonderful time of the year...

"Harvest Moon" is painted in the colors of a cool fall evening, on 1-1/2" depth gallery wrapped canvas, sides painted black, ready to hang and enjoy. $800 with free shipping anywhere in the continental U.S. Updated 12/30/17: Sold!

Sunday, November 5, 2017

"October Shadows"

"October Shadows"
20" x 20" Oil on Canvas
© Monique Straub
With October firmly behind us, the focus on my favorite season of the year is in full swing. My painting palette always seems to take a tilt toward the warmer oranges of leaves on the ground, and the blues and purples of long shadows on the lawns. Skies take on a deeper blue, and if we're lucky here in San Diego, the brilliant and puffy white clouds will soon make their appearance. It's the happiest time of the year...take a deep breath and enjoy it!

"October Shadows" is painted in the vivid, rich colors of Fall, on 1-1/2" depth gallery wrapped canvas, sides painted black, ready to hang and enjoy. The inspiration for this painting was to capture the long, morning shadows beneath a row of trees along Presidents Way in Balboa Park. You can purchase here and have it delivered to your door. $600 with free shipping anywhere in the continental U.S.



Sunday, October 29, 2017

"Tropical Dreams"

"Tropical Dreams"
36" x 36" Oil on Canvas
© Monique Straub
I have a love/hate relationship with one of Americas favorite flowers. Most folks thrill at the sight of these beautiful "birds," but my experience has been a bit comical. Years ago, when we were first married, John and I had a huge Bird of Paradise plant growing in our front yard. It had probably been there for twenty years or so, and with our plans for a new front yard, it just had to go. Easier said than done, and long story short, we realized it could not be removed by digging, so John had the bright idea to extract it (like a bad tooth) with a chain tied around the base, and hooked to our Volkswagen Rabbit. The Rabbit huffed and puffed, and I was certain the "bird" would win the battle. Fearing the worst, I went into the house, not wanting to witness the blown motor first hand. About a half hour later, and after much burning rubber, the entire "bird" was flying down the driveway and down the street behind our mighty little VW! They're pretty, but we shudder at the sight to this day :)

"Tropical Dreams" is painted in the vivid, rich colors of the islands on 1-1/2" depth gallery wrapped canvas, sides painted black, ready to hang and enjoy. Updated 12/27/17: Sold!

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

"75 Degrees"

"75 Degrees"
20" x 20" Oil on Canvas
© Monique Straub
Yes, it's 75 degrees outside most days through October, and I'm loving it. Lots of activity in the studio this month, with preparations for the La Jolla Art & Wine Festival this coming weekend, and my Open Studio event on the 14th and 15th. Stop by for a peek!

"75 Degrees" is painted in the vibrant colors of sunset, on 1-1/2" depth gallery wrapped canvas, sides painted black, ready to hang and enjoy. You can purchase here and have it delivered to your door, or purchase here and pick up at my North Park studio. $600 with free shipping anywhere in the continental U.S. Updated 10/12/17: Sold!

Saturday, September 30, 2017

"Let's Celebrate"

"Let's Celebrate"
24" x 24" Oil on Canvas
© Monique Straub
The feeling of celebration is always in the air this time of year. Beginning in October with the change of season to Fall (my favorite), all the way through the end of the year. I have so many upcoming art events, and the show calendar for 2018 is already filling up fast! Have you marked your calendar for my Open Studio event on October 14-15? I hope to see you there.

"Let's Celebrate" is painted in the warm colors of Fall, on 1-1/2" depth gallery wrapped canvas, sides painted black, ready to hang and enjoy.  $800 with free shipping anywhere in the continental U.S. Purchase this beautiful painting through Adelman Fine Art, click here!

Thursday, September 28, 2017

"My Fairy-tale Life"

"My Fairy-tale Life"
30" x 48" Oil on Canvas
© Monique Straub
Yes, life here in San Diego is just that...like a fairy-tale. But even happy stories have their challenges, an one of the challenges here is the traffic. I'm lucky to set my own hours in the studio, generally from 9:00-2:30 Monday through Friday, in an attempt to avoid rush hours. I was born and raised here, and have never lived anywhere else. Then came Zillow...you know, that online real estate site. I check out the homes for sale in Palm Desert every morning over coffee. No trigger pulling yet, but sometimes it's pretty tempting!

"My Fairy-tale Life" is painted in "happy go lucky" colors, on 1-1/2" depth gallery wrapped canvas, sides painted black, ready to hang and enjoy. $2000 with free shipping anywhere in the continental U.S. Updated 12/10/17: Sold...and on its way to a new collector in Illinois :)

Monday, September 25, 2017

September Shadows

"September Shadows"
36" x 36" Oil on Canvas
© Monique Straub
Hiking through the back country of San Diego is always a sure bet to inspire a new painting. Many of you have visited my North Park studio, and know first hand how I begin each of my paintings from a photo I have taken. These photos are mainly a "jumping off point" and provide basic composition. From that point, the fun begins! Color is what it's all about for me. Yes, I could spend hours upon hours rendering a photo perfect scene, then paint it with all the exact colors...but what fun would that be?

"September Shadows" is painted in the vivid colors of my imagination, on 1-1/2" depth gallery wrapped canvas, sides painted black, ready to hang and enjoy. You can purchase here and have it delivered to your door, or purchase here and pick up at my North Park studio. $1800 with free shipping anywhere in the continental U.S.



Saturday, September 23, 2017

New Show opens at Adelman Fine Art!

October/November gallery show "Season's Lure"
I'm excited to announce the opening of "Season's Lure," at Adelman Fine Art. This is an exhibition featuring artworks that embody all that lures you into the fall season, and I am excited to have eight of my new original paintings included in the show. Check them out here!

Located in the Little Italy neighborhood of San Diego, Adelman Fine Art is a contemporary boutique gallery. Nestled along a tree-lined walkway in the Broadstone Building on Kettner Blvd, between Grape and Fir, the gallery is surrounded by Little Italy's most popular restaurants, shops, and waterfront park - a vibrant shopping destination. Visit for the day and enjoy the good life by the bay!

Gallery Open Hours:
Sunday: Noon-6, Monday/Tuesday closed, Wednesday/Thursday 11-7, Friday/Saturday 11-9pm.

Friday, September 15, 2017

"Rise and Shine"

"Rise and Shine"
24" x 24" Oil on Canvas
© Monique Straub
The eastern morning view from my bedroom in La Mesa (a suburb of San Diego), never fails to impress. This time of year with the morning "heat clouds" over the eastern mountains, the sun backlights the hills and a painting always springs to mind. John and I grump and grouse about the high cost of living and the traffic, but the weather can't be beat!

"Rise and Shine" is painted in the vivid colors of a California morning, on 1-1/2" depth gallery wrapped canvas, sides painted black, ready to hang and enjoy. You can purchase here and have it delivered to your door, or purchase here and pick up at my North Park studio. $800 with free shipping anywhere in the continental U.S.



Saturday, September 9, 2017

"Coneflowers"

"Coneflowers"
24" x 24" Oil on Canvas
© Monique Straub
They're everywhere...Coneflowers! My favorite flower, and this is the time of the year they make their colorful appearance. They grew all along the white picket fence in my grandmas yard, and my chubby little eight year old fingers had to squeeze the center of each one. Have you ever touched the center of a Coneflower? They're hard and not at all like what you would think :)

"Coneflowers" is painted in the warm colors of Fall, on 1-1/2" depth gallery wrapped canvas, sides painted black, ready to hang and enjoy. You can purchase here and have it delivered to your door, or purchase here and pick up at my North Park studio. $800 with free shipping anywhere in the continental U.S.