Monday, August 7, 2017

Persimmons

"Persimmons"
24" x 24" Oil on Canvas
© Monique Straub
Every year at this time I have the same funny conversation with my husband. I say, "I'm starting to feel a little bit of fall in the air..." He says, "It's 95 degrees outside, how can it feel like fall?" I think since fall is my favorite season of the year, and I've already seen pumpkins at the craft store, and Halloween costumes at Costco...it must be close! Persimmons and Pomegranates are another sure sign, so here they are!

"Persimmons" is painted in the warm colors of fall, on 1-1/2" depth gallery wrapped canvas, sides painted black, ready to hang and enjoy. (Note: the background color is a touch more light blue, and not quite as gray as the photo turned out) You can purchase here and have it delivered to your door, or purchase here and pick up at my North Park studio. $800 + $30 to ship anywhere in the continental U.S.



Saturday, August 5, 2017

"Midnight at the Oasis"

"Midnight at the Oasis"
40" x 40" Oil on Canvas
© Monique Straub
Mmm...warm and balmy evenings in the desert are my favorite. A million stars overhead, the sliver of a Moon casting a spotlight through the trees, and silence only broken by the rustle of palm fronds in the breeze. These are the days we look forward to!

"Midnight at the Oasis" is painted in the rich and vibrant colors of the California desert, 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 free, or purchase here and pick up at my North Park studio. $2400 with free shipping anywhere in the continental U.S.



Thursday, July 27, 2017

New Art - "Chillin"

"Chillin"
40" x 40" Oil on Canvas
© Monique Straub
The Mid-Century Modern vibe has been on my radar lately, as I've been searching real estate listings in the Palm Desert and Palm Springs areas. A throw back to more graphic design, with a bit of tiki culture thrown in for good measure, this was a fun piece to paint. I'm not in the desert yet, so palms over the ocean still rule the day. Sometimes they just fall off the brush!

"Chillin" is painted in the beautiful colors of the coast, 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 free, or purchase here and pick up at my North Park studio. $2200 with free shipping anywhere in the continental U.S.



Thursday, July 13, 2017

Torrey Blue

"Torrey Blue"
20" x 20" Oil on Canvas
© Monique Straub
With the recent opening of  "Blue Me Away," the latest show at Adelman Fine Art, blue has taken over my palette! If you're a local San Diegan, this new show featuring predominately blue works from their represented artists is a must see! The show will be up until August 27th, and the gallery is located at 1980 Kettner Blvd. Seven of my works are included in this show, and as always, work is also available right here on my website.

The inspiration photo I snapped for this image is another example of the beauty and wonder of the California coast. Graceful, wind-shaped trees are the signature feature of Torrey Pines State Park, and I just can't get enough.

"Torrey Blue" is painted on 1-1/2" depth gallery wrapped canvas, sides painted black, offered ready to hang and enjoy. You can purchase at Adelman Fine Art. Updated 7/31/17: Sold!

Thursday, July 6, 2017

"A Shady Place"

"A Shady Place"
20" x 20" Oil on Canvas
© Monique Straub
This beautiful scene was inspired by a recent trip to one of my favorite places, Carmel by the Sea. Every time we visit, I've noticed a "trail head" sign in the trees across from the historic Carmel Mission. This trip we investigated, and found one of the "locals only" treasures of the area. A series of hiking trails through a canyon, with many areas of dense trees. There were a few benches here and there, and the locals were passing through with their dogs and some on bikes. What a cool (literally) place to hang out on a warm summer day.

"A Shady Place" is painted on 1-1/2" depth gallery wrapped canvas, sides painted black, offered ready to hang and enjoy. You can purchase at Adelman Fine Art, click here.

Monday, July 3, 2017

Poppy Ballet

"Poppy Ballet"
20" x 20" Oil on Canvas
© Monique Straub
The poppies in my back yard are dancing in the warm winds of summer...in fact, the entire yard has turned into something akin to a Disney movie from the 50's. Baby bunnies, dancing flowers and buzzing bumble bees are making their happy debut...all we need is the violin music...oh well, you get the idea :)

"Poppy Ballet" is painted on 1-1/2" depth gallery wrapped canvas, sides painted black, offered ready to hang and enjoy. This painting is available at Adelman Fine Art. Updated 7/31/17: Sold!

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Coast Casual

"Coast Casual"
24" x 24" Oil on Canvas
© Monique Straub

Palm Fronds rustling in the warm, dry breeze is a sure sign of summer here in San Diego.


Add a pop of color to your home, and relive long walks on the beach.

"Coast Casual" is painted in the beautiful colors of summer, on 1-1/2" depth gallery wrapped canvas, sides painted black. Offered ready to hang and enjoy through Adelman Fine Art Gallery. Updated 7/31/17: Sold! 

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Desert Trio

"Desert Trio"
36" x 48" Oil on Canvas
© Monique Straub
Early summer in the California desert is a beautiful time, even though it can be seriously hot! On a recent trip to Palm Desert, I was sky gazing while filling my tank at the gas station, and noticed how beautiful the trees looked against the cotton candy clouds. That's how it happens...inspiration is everywhere, just take the time to daydream :)

"Desert Trio" is painted in the beautiful colors of the desert, 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 and I will refund the shipping fee. $2400 + $40 to ship anywhere in the continental US.



Monday, June 12, 2017

Happy Birthday!

"Happy Birthday!"
36" x 36" Oil on Canvas
© Monique Straub
Strange name for a painting? Well...June is my birthday month, and this year it's a big one! The big Six-O. I haven't really been keeping a "bucket list," but if I was, I think many of the things that would be on it, I've already experienced...except winning the Lotto...still waiting on that one. As I was sitting in my studio pondering my next painting and flipping through inspiration photos, I came across this beautiful vase of flowers. As usual, a lot of the colors, background, etc. are made up as I go, but I can do that...it's my birthday :)

"Happy Birthday" is painted in vivid color with bold brush strokes, on 1-1/2" depth gallery wrapped canvas, sides painted black, ready to hang and enjoy. You can purchase at Adelman Fine Art. Updated 7/31/17: Sold!

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Blue for You

"Blue for You"
36" x 36" Oil on Canvas
© Monique Straub
Jacaranda blooms and clear blue sky have made their appearance here in San Diego. One of my favorite things about summer is the brilliantly colored street trees with their carpets of spent blooms along the sidewalk. Heavier than normal rains this past winter have added to the show. Twisty, curvy trunks with little to no greenery makes for an interesting scene.

"Blue for You" is painted in vivid color with bold brush strokes, on 1-1/2" depth gallery wrapped canvas, sides painted black. Offered ready to hang and enjoy. Updated 7/2/17: Sold! Thank you Adelman Fine Art Gallery!

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Torrey Summer

Torrey Summer
36" x 48"
© Monique Straub
The view from Torrey Pines back to La Jolla is spectacular this time of year. The wind whistling through the trees and the smell of salt air is truly invigorating. If you haven't visited this local treasure, add it to your weekend plans this summer.

"Torrey Summer" is painted in vivid color with bold brush strokes, on 1-1/2" depth gallery wrapped canvas, sides painted black. Offered ready to hang and enjoy through Adelman Fine Art Gallery. Updated 7/31/17: Sold!

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Poppy Fiesta

"Poppy Fiesta"
18" x 24" Each
© Monique Straub
Springtime has been with us a few months now, and the Poppies and green grasses are dancing up the hillsides in my back yard. It's amazing to me that they return on their own, year after year, without my lifting a finger. The recent heavy rains have prompted quite the "fiesta."

"Poppy Fiesta" is painted on two 1-1/2" depth gallery wrapped canvases, 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 and I will refund the shipping fee. $1200 + $40 to ship anywhere in the continental US.



Saturday, May 20, 2017

Day Dreams

"Day Dreams"
24" x 24" Oil on Canvas
© Monique Straub
A favorite photo of mine has found its way back onto the easel. Taken during a springtime hike at Blue Sky Preserve, the day dreams of this location often have my imagination walking in the shade, gravel under foot. I've enjoyed painting this scene in several different color schemes, and several different sizes.

"Day Dreams" is painted in oil on 1-1/2" depth gallery wrapped canvas, sides painted black. Offered , ready to hang and enjoy through Adelman Fine Art Gallery. Updated 7/31/17: Sold!

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Morning Moon

"Morning Moon"
24" x 24" Oil on Canvas
© Monique Straub
A recent trip to Palm Desert for the Indian Wells Art Festival yielded inspiration for this painting. I was early to rise and take a peek out the hotel window to spy this beautiful view of a crystal clear, blue sky with a brilliant white moon peeking through the palms. Mornings in the desert are something very special.

"Morning Moon" is painted in oil on 1-1/2" depth gallery wrapped canvas, sides painted black, ready to hang and enjoy. Updated 6/3/17: Sold...thank you Adelman Fine Art :)

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Garden Party II

"Garden Party II"
36" x 36" Oil on Canvas
© Monique Straub
After the heavier than normal rains in San Diego County, things in the garden are bursting with color this spring! Floral paintings are always a fun subject in the studio, and this painting is the little sister to the "Garden Party" painting that I presented last summer. The difference here is the light blue background, instead of the all black background of the first version. Both fun and cheery, just different.

"Garden Party II" is painted in oil 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 and I will refund the shipping fee. $1800 + $40 to ship anywhere in the continental US.



Thursday, May 11, 2017

Indian Canyon

"Indian Canyon"
30" x 48" Oil on Canvas
© Monique Straub
With my dream of eventually retiring to Palm Desert here in California, frequent trips to this desert oasis are a constant inspiration in the studio. I fondly remember family vacations to this desert paradise with my parents in the mid 60's, and hikes up the palm studded canyons in the early spring. My mom always dreamed of living in the posh residential enclave of "Thunderbird," a gated mid-century residential compound, and home to the stars back in the day. I've since checked out the real estate market in that area, and would love to make moms goal a reality in my own lifetime! Funky-cool homes with floor to ceiling glass, flat roof, and breeze block walls are just my cup of tea!

"Indian Canyon" is painted in oil on 1-1/2" gallery wrapped canvas, sides painted black, ready to hang and enjoy. As always, the paintings are always more beautiful in person! Updated 6/3/17: Sold!...thank you Adelman Fine Art :)

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. $450 + $30 to ship anywhere in the continental U.S. Updated 7/31/17: Sold!

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. Updated 3/24/17: Sold...and on its way to West Hills, CA :)