Friday, May 18, 2018

"Lucky 13"

"Lucky 13"
© Monique Straub
12" x 36" Oil on Canvas
Talk about luck...did I tell you I have been selected as one of 120 artists to show my work in Laguna Beach at the Laguna Art A-Fair this summer? I'm thrilled, and to add to the excitement, my husband John has also been selected to show his photography. It will be an exciting, and exhausting show this summer. We will be driving up a minimum of once per week for two months to work the show and attend the many festivities and parties that are planned. I have been "burning up the brushes" in my studio in preparation, and will be offering "first dibs" on all of my newest work to my long time collectors and new collectors (that could be you!) Stay tuned for more info in future posts.

"Lucky 13" 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. $650 with free shipping anywhere in the continental U.S.






Friday, May 11, 2018

"Saturday Morning"

"Saturday Morning"
12" x 24" Oil on Canvas
© Monique Straub
Headed out for a walk in the trees this morning. As a city dweller here in the burbs of San Diego, I'm lucky to have a nearby lake to stroll. The smell of sage in the morning is almost as pleasing as the smell of freshly brewed coffee...almost.

"Saturday Morning" 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. $400 with free shipping anywhere in the continental U.S. Updated 5/14/18: Sold...and on its way to Arizona!

Sunday, May 6, 2018

"Jive"

"Jive"
12" x 24" Oil on Canvas
© Monique Straub
Poppies dancing in the wind, the smell of warm garden soil, the chorus of birds singing in the morning. These are some of my favorite things. I recently noticed that the song birds have returned to my neighborhood. Waking to their morning "jive" is a sure sign that we are heading into summer. I'm often visited by the birds during my evening watering in the back yard. I hold the hose high and spray into the sky as the hummingbirds dive through the water, back and forth. It's the simple things in life that make life so enjoyable :)

"Jive" 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. $400 with free shipping anywhere in the continental U.S.



Thursday, May 3, 2018

The life of a festival artist...

"Another happy collector..."
Wow...what a weekend at Mission Federal ArtWalk! A big thank you is in order to my social media pals, collectors, friends and neighbors for adding my work to their homes. Special thanks to Gustavo (pictured above) for swooping in on two of my favorite paintings at 5:59 p.m. on Sunday afternoon...you made my day!

The months of May and June will be busy in the studio, since I am now painting new works for the Laguna Art A-Fair festival, taking place July through August. This festival is one of three major art shows that take place in Laguna Beach each summer. I will have my very own booth with ten to fifteen paintings on display for the duration of the show. I'll be working at the festival grounds one or two days per week, and hope to have my schedule finalized soon so I can share that info with you.

As always, I would love to paint something special for you! Drop me an email if you have ideas.


Monday, April 23, 2018

It's Art Festival Season!


I hope you can join me for the 34th Annual Mission Federal ArtWalk, San Diego's premier arts and culture event. It's next weekend, it's free, and covers 17 blocks in the Little Italy neighborhood. This is a fun filled two day festival of music, photography, sculpture, glass work, jewelry and of course painting. The times are 11:00 to 6:00pm both days. Hope to see you there.

You can get directions and parking info here: www.artwalksandiego.org/missionfederal

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Sunday Drive

"Sunday Drive"
24" x 24 " Oil on Canvas
© Monique Straub
Driving the road from San Diego to Palm Desert is one of my happy places! Not a lot of traffic, clear blue sky, and I know I'm in for a fun filled weekend. I have many happy memories of vacationing in Palm Springs in the 60's with my parents. I was about 10, and back in those days, when things were much safer, they would think nothing of going out for dinner and dancing, leaving me at the swanky hotel, poolside with the room service menu and my little french poodle. Suzie and I would delight in a dinner of hamburger, fries and a coke...all the while watching the cute pool boys. John and I vacation there often, and some day, we may make the permanent move. I will relive my childhood ...minus the pool boys :)

"Sunday Drive" 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. $800 with free shipping anywhere in the continental U.S.



Thursday, April 12, 2018

"Just Beachy"

"Just Beachy"
24" x 36" Oil on Canvas
© Monique Straub
Yes, things are going "Just Beachy" in the studio lately. Preparing for Mission Federal ArtWalk at the end of this month, and the Laguna Beach Art A-Fair in July/August this summer has provided the perfect set of deadlines to keep things humming. I'm looking forward to showing all of my latest  works...unless you would like to beat me to it, and snap them up here...

"Just Beachy" 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. $1200 with free shipping anywhere in the continental U.S. Updated 4/27/18: Sold!

Monday, April 9, 2018

Sunny Times Ahead

"Sunny Times Ahead"
24" x 24" Oil on Canvas
© Monique Straub
Sunflowers...who doesn't love them? Their bright faces bring joy to my studio, and I gaze at them often throughout the day. A sure sign of summer, they spring up at random on the hillside behind my house, and the birds flutter with delight. The perfect painting subject, they are very cooperative :)

"Sunny Times Ahead" 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. $800 with free shipping anywhere in the continental U.S.



Saturday, March 31, 2018

Five O'Clock Somewhere

"Five O'Clock Somewhere"
24" x 24" Oil on Canvas
© Monique Straub
The long shadows of fall are slowly being replaced by fresh green grasses. The painters palette has changed yet again, and soon brilliant greens will command center stage. I've taken to mixing up the color combos in the last few paintings, still deciding which pieces will fit the bill at Laguna Art A-Fair this summer. My new booth will be built soon, and it will be time to paint, install lighting and signage. For now, I'm stumped on what the wall color will be. Something between a neutral gray, or a warm golden...

"Five O'Clock Somewhere" 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. $800 with free shipping anywhere in the continental U.S.



Monday, March 26, 2018

Happy Trails

"Happy Trails"
12" x 36" Oil on Canvas
© Monique Straub
Hiking and picnic season is finally upon us here in San Diego...yippee! I can't wait to get back to Torrey Pines State Park, Mission Trails Regional Park, and a few of my other favorite places for painting inspiration. Sycamore Canyon is on my list this year, I've only spied it from trips to the coast via Hwy. 52, but the giant California Sycamores are just begging to be painted...and I must oblige :)

"Happy Trails" is painted on gallery wrapped canvas, sides painted black, ready to hang and enjoy. You can purchase here and have it delivered to your door. $650 with free shipping anywhere in the continental U.S. Updated 4/27/18: Sold!

Saturday, March 24, 2018

The Golden Hour

The Golden Hour
24" x 36" Oil on Canvas
© Monique Straub
With the arrival of Spring, the late afternoon golden glow is slowly returning to the sky. Palette changes are in order, and I'm up to the task. This familiar scene of traveling through central California will spark another series of new paintings, as it always has. It's the beginning of art show season, and oil paint is flying in the studio. First up is Mission Federal ArtWalk in Little Italy here in San Diego, April 28-29...I'll be there...will you?

"The Golden Hour" is painted in the warm colors of a springtime afternoon, on gallery wrapped canvas, sides painted black, ready to hang and enjoy. You can purchase here and have it delivered to your door. $1200 with free shipping anywhere in the continental U.S. Updated 4/27/18: Sold!

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

"Bird Candy"

"Bird Candy"
12" x 36" Oil on Canvas
© Monique Straub
Spring has made an early appearance in the garden, and the birds are singing about it! I regularly take a morning walk through the neighborhood, and there is a "birdie tree" right down the street. This time of year the tree is a riot of singing birdies, happy to announce the flowers have arrived. This piece is another of the new sizes I'm trying out, and it was lots of fun to create.

"Bird Candy" 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. $650 with free shipping anywhere in the continental U.S. Updated 4/27/18: Sold!

Monday, March 19, 2018

"Spring Break"

"Spring Break"
12" x 36" Oil on Canvas
© Monique Straub
It's that pink again...it has worked its way into another painting! With all things Spring happening everywhere lately, my color palette has definitely taken a turn. This new piece is also a fun experiment with new canvas sizes and shapes, sure to fit nicely into any room.  I'm even painting one for my guest powder room, that way I can match some bold new towel colors for a quick Spring lift.

"Spring Break" 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. $650 with free shipping anywhere in the continental U.S.



Thursday, March 8, 2018

"Bubble Gum Skies"

"Bubble Gum Skies"
18" x 24" Oil on Canvas
© Monique Straub
Pink...yes, bubble gum pink. This is another in a series of fun, smaller pieces that were inspired by my recent visit to a model home community where colorful paintings were used in guest bath spaces to unite a color palette. Just hang this colorful little jewel adjacent to the guest bath mirror, and instantly, you have a color map to select towels, rugs, draperies, and really pull the room together. Pink & canary yellow towels...mmm...dreamy!

"Bubble Gum Skies" is painted in oil on gallery wrapped canvas, sides painted black, ready to hang and enjoy. You can purchase here and have it shipped to your door. $650 with free shipping anywhere in the continental U.S.



Tuesday, March 6, 2018

"Purple Apples"

"Purple Apples"
20" x 20" Oil on Canvas
 © Monique Straub
Small pops of color are on the easel lately. I was so excited to create these luscious little gems, after touring a few model homes that featured them in guest baths. This is such an easy way to jump start your decorating. Just select the painting in your favorite colors to hang adjacent to the vanity mirror, then match towels, rugs, etc! Doesn't that sound fun?

"Purple Apples" is painted in oil on patchwork textured, gallery wrapped canvas, sides painted black, ready to hang and enjoy. You can purchase here and have it shipped to your door. $600 with free shipping anywhere in the continental U.S.



Wednesday, February 21, 2018

"Daybreak"

"Daybreak"
36" x 48" Oil on Canvas
© Monique Straub
Must be something in the water, the sun, the thought of marshmallow peeps. Maybe it's the smell of Honeysuckle in the air. The colors of Spring are slowly sneaking on to my palette, and it has been the perfect invitation to paint flowers and switch gears from landscape paintings to a few still life works. Patterns, reflections and brilliant color are always a welcome addition.

"Daybreak" is painted in the vivid colors of Spring. View it with a flower in your hair...it is on gallery wrapped canvas, sides painted black, ready to hang and enjoy.  You can purchase here and have it shipped to your door. $2400 with free shipping anywhere in the continental U.S.





Thursday, February 15, 2018

"Luna Grande"

"Luna Grande"
36" x 36" Oil on Canvas
© Monique Straub
noc-turne (nak'tern) n. [Fr.] a romantic, dreamy musical or artistic composition, appropriate to night.
noc-tur-nal (nak tur'n'l) adj. [L. nox, night] 1. of, done, or happening in the night.

That explains it all. Night paintings "Nocturnes" are some of my favorites, and with all the "hoopla" surrounding the recent Super Moon phenomenon, I must add my "Two Cents."

"Luna Grande" is painted in oil using the deep blue color of the night sky. It is on gallery wrapped canvas, sides painted black, ready to hang and enjoy. You can purchase here and have it shipped to your door. $2000 with free shipping anywhere in the continental U.S.



Tuesday, February 13, 2018

"Be Bold!"


A big thank you to the collectors and social media friends that stopped by during the opening reception of "Be Bold" at Adelman Fine Art. It was an exciting evening, and a packed house!
If you missed it, the show is open Wednesday-Sunday (closed Mon/Tue) through February 25th.



Featured Artists: Katya Saab, Monique Straub, Misun Holdorf, and (Ellen Dieter not shown).
Adelman Fine Art, 1980 Kettner Blvd, San Diego, CA

Saturday, February 3, 2018

"Be Mine Valentine"

"Be Mine Valentine"
24" x 24" Oil on Gallery Wrapped Canvas
  © Monique Straub
This is one of my favorite times of the year in the studio. All things are fresh and new with the new year, the birds are singing again, and the flowers are beginning to make an appearance...at least that's how things are happening here in San Diego. I'm busily preparing for Mission Federal ArtWalk in April, so things are starting to move quickly in the studio. This piece is modeled after one of my favorite still-life photos, and I have painted it several times in several different ways. It was taken from a bunch of birthday flowers the receptionist at my dentists office received. Inspiration is everywhere!

"Be Mine Valentine" is painted in oil using the cheery colors of spring. It is on gallery wrapped canvas, sides painted black, ready to hang and enjoy. You can purchase here and have it shipped to your door. $800 with free shipping anywhere in the continental U.S.





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.