Tuesday, July 26, 2016

"Pop up Art Show!"

"Late September"
12" x 12" Oil on Canvas
© Monique Straub
"Art Al Fresco at Grossmont Center"

Join me for this fun preview of ArtWalk Liberty Station. I've been selected as one of 12 local artists invited to show at Grossmont Center Mall in La Mesa this coming Saturday, July 30th, between 10:00am to 3:00pm. Artists will be located in the center of the mall as a preview for the upcoming Liberty Station ArtWalk in August. It's free, so grab a latte and come check out the artists showing sculpture, oil, jewelry, glass, and photography. I hope to see you for a day filled with art and color!

Monday, July 25, 2016

"California Color"

"California Color"
12" x 16" Pastel on Sandpaper
© Monique Straub
There is something so joyful about big, bold color. Some days I just can't get enough. I'm often asked how I achieve these colors in pastel. The secret is in the materials. In order to achieve intensely luminous color, you must start with highly pigmented, pastel sticks. These "professional" grade pastels are available in a variety of shapes and degrees of softness. I have four different brands of pastels in my box, ranging from firm, to soft and creamy. It's really a very personal choice when it comes to the "feel" of the brand. I have found that I'm a bit heavy handed, and the super soft brands will crumble in my hands, so I prefer a mid-range feel. Paper is the other determining factor of results. I prefer "sanded" papers, which actually feel a bit like an emory board. They grip a nice thick layer of pastel, resulting in deep, rich color.

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



Thursday, July 21, 2016

"Torrey Tango"

"Torrey Tango"
12" x 16" Pastel on Sandpaper
© Monique Straub
Things are busy and heating up, not only outside, but in the studio as well. I've been preparing canvases and pastel papers all week, to begin new work for the upcoming ArtWalk NTC at Liberty Station, the weekend of August 13 & 14. I will once again be showing in a double booth with my sweetie and his wonderful photography. You can get a sneak peek of his work here.

We will also be tempting art lovers at an Artwalk NTC "Preview Show" on July 30th from 10am-3pm at Grossmont Center Mall in La Mesa, grab a latte and stop by. Later that same evening, we will be hosting an "Open Studio" and reception for "Local Inspiration" the newest show at Art on 30th from 6-8pm. I had the pleasure of being selected "juror" of this show, and it promises to be a fun one! The art will be ready...join us!

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



Saturday, July 2, 2016

"Wind Rush"

"Wind Rush"
30" x 40" Oil on Gallery Canvas
© Monique Straub
Oops...I almost forgot to post this fun and flashy landscape, painted on Cinco de Mayo weekend (can't you tell?) Colors run rampant along the Central California agricultural valleys. Our summertime vacation stops through this area are always punctuated with superb Mexican food and fresh fruit from the roadside stands. It's almost August, and time to make the trek once more!

"Wind Rush" is 30" x 40" on 1-1/2" 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. $1200 + $45 to ship anywhere in the continental US or Canada.



Saturday, June 25, 2016

"Chuck Wagon"

"Chuck Wagon"
12" x 16" Pastel on Sandpaper
© Monique Straub
This little piece is the result of another item I've check off my "bucket list." Every year I go to the San Diego County Fair and see all of the artists participating in the Plein Air Painting Contest, and I say to myself, "Next year I'm going to do that!" Well, I finally mustered up the courage to tote my box full of pastels and other paraphernalia necessary to create in the great outdoors. Accompanied by a painting buddy, we carefully selected a site that was in the shade, with a nice breeze, near the potty, and close to the food...all the critical elements for artistic comfort.

I had a great view of the big wheel in the distance, and this fun little food kiosk "Chuckwagon" right there in front of me! The smell of the bbq cookers was incredible to say the least. After our six hour timed period to create our pieces, 45 artists presented their works for public view on easels outside the Fine Art exhibit hall. A good time was had by all. Later that evening, as I was sitting on the sofa watching tv with my hubby, I kept telling him, "Mmm, one of the neighbors is BBQing," Turns out, it was me I was smelling. Standing in the BBQ smoke all day had permeated my hair, my shoes and my clothing...and my hubby loves BBQ!

"Chuck Wagon" is painted in soft pastel on sandpaper, offered framed in a dark brown wood, plein air style frame with gold liner and 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 it up at my studio at Art on 30th, and I will refund the shipping. $350 + $40 to ship anywhere in the continental US or Canada.
Updated 6/26/16: Sold...and on its way to North Carolina!

Sunday, June 19, 2016

"Candy Land"

"Candy Land"
11" x 14" Pastel on Sandpaper
© Monique Straub
Having noticed the recent popularity of the color pink, I just had to try my hand at incorporating it into one of my landscape paintings. For some reason, I never use pink, but after working on this piece, I think I kind of like it! Using a smaller format than I usually work on, the reference photo for this piece was taken in the Central California back country, and I've painted this scene before in various color palettes.

"Candy Land" is painted in soft pastel on sandpaper, offered framed in a dark brown wood, 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 it up at my studio at Art on 30th, and I will refund the shipping. $325 + $40 to ship anywhere in the continental U.S. or Canada.



Wednesday, June 15, 2016

"Morning Mosaic"

"Morning Mosaic"
12" x 16" Pastel on Sandpaper
© Monique Straub
There is just something about trees that brings joy to my heart. Now this may sound strange, but I often wonder if maybe some day after I've gone, I'll return to life as a tree. If so, I want to have curly branches, with many twists and turns about them, and plenty of places for birds to build their nests :)

"Morning Mosaic" is painted in soft pastel on sandpaper, offered framed in a dark brown wood, plein air style frame with gold liner, 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 at Art on 30th, and I will refund the shipping. $375 + $40 to ship anywhere in the continental U.S. or Canada.



Monday, June 13, 2016

Open Studio Event!

San Diego Festival of the Arts 2016
Monique Straub Studio/Gallery
Another fun filled festival weekend has come to an end, and I would like to thank all of the Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest, Collectors, and blog followers that visited my booth at the San Diego Festival of the Arts this weekend. It is always fun to meet my social media friends in the flesh! It was a busy and productive weekend on beautiful San Diego Bay.

In addition to "festival" style shows, you can also see my work at my "Open Studio" events at Art on 30th. The next open studio is this coming Saturday. I am located upstairs in Studio #2. This is a fun filled evening of Juried Show Art Reception and 15 Open Artist Studios upstairs. Stop on by!


Art on 30th, 4434 30th Street, San Diego
Open Studio Event
Saturday, June 18
5pm - 8pm 



Thursday, June 9, 2016

"San Diego Festival of the Arts"

"La Jolla Festival of the Arts 2015"
now known as the "San Diego Festival of the Arts 2016"

This weekend is the San Diego Festival of the Arts, located at the County of San Diego Waterfront Park in Downtown San Diego, 1600 Pacific Hwy., for the first time. Previously known as the La Jolla Festival of the Arts, I won "Best of Show" at this event last year, and will have a double booth showing my work this year.

Saturday & Sunday, June 11/12 from 10-5pm

Tickets are required for entry, if you use code "SDFAArtist" on their website SD Festival of the Arts you can get 2 for 1 tickets online only. Please feel free to share this post with anyone you think may be interested. We're in for a weekend of beautiful weather...hope to see you there.

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. Updated 5/30/16: Sold...and on its way to New York!

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 :)