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. 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.



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. 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, October 31, 2016

Point Loma Lighthouse 2016

"Point Loma Lighthouse 2016"
12" x 16" Pastel on Sandpaper
© Monique Straub
Jumping back into the pastel box today! This little piece is one of my collector favorites, and I have painted various versions and color palettes from this vantage point. I am preparing a few of these (and many other smaller pieces perfect for gift giving), for my upcoming show at Point Loma Tea in Liberty Station. I will be there for a "Meet the Artist" event during Friday Night Liberty on December 2nd from 5-8pm, and several of my pieces will be featured in the tea shop throughout the month. Stay tuned for more info. in upcoming posts. If you just can't wait that long...

"Point Loma Lighthouse 2016" is painted in soft pastel on sandpaper, and framed in a wide dark wood, plein air style frame with UV Museum glass, 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. $395 + $35 to ship anywhere in the continental U.S.



Thursday, October 27, 2016

"California Girls"

"California Girls"
20" x 20" Oil on Canvas
© Monique Straub
With Halloween and Dia de los Muertos quickly approaching, the bones are rattling in the studio, and shopping season will soon be upon us. Whisking along to the shopping mall, these boney beauties are sure to brighten up that special spot in your home, and always bring a smile to your face.

"California Girls" is painted on 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.



Wednesday, October 19, 2016

"Boney Bliss"

"Boney Bliss"
20" x 20" Oil on Canvas
© Monique Straub
Fall is such a fun time of year, not only for the weather, but for the festivities. Halloween and Dia de los Muertos are two of my favorites. Brightly colored costumes and plenty of "skullduggery." I began painting these boney buddies nearly 15 years ago, and customarily paint a few when this time of year rolls around. They are so much fun to paint, I may just continue through the end of the year!

"Boney Bliss" is painted on 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.



Tuesday, October 4, 2016

La Jolla Art & Wine Festival this weekend!

La Jolla Art & Wine Festival
Girard Street, Downtown La Jolla
It's that time of year again! The La Jolla Art & Wine Festival returns to the heart of La Jolla Village for its' eighth year. Stretching over a 1/2 mile, on Girard Avenue, this two-day juried art show and fundraiser has quickly garnered a reputation as one of the most prestigious art & wine festivals on the west coast. Sip and savor the arts with gourmet bites, family art center, silent auction, live music, roving entertainment, and an expansive wine & beer garden.

This weekend, October 8 & 9
Saturday 10-7pm, Sunday 10-6pm

I am lucky again this year to have been selected as one of the over 150 artists! My booth is #416, in the first block of Girard, right across the street from the Athanaeum Music & Arts Library. Hope to see you there!

Monday, October 3, 2016

"Cactus Apples"

"Cactus Apples"
20" x 20" Oil on Canvas
© Monique Straub
I was recently poking around on a canyon hillside and discovered this beauty. Have you every studied clumps of cactus? They sometimes grow in the most bizarre shapes and odd color combinations. The tender newer paddles are bright green, and age to an almost blue-green. The little "apples" that remain after the flower petals have dried, take on brilliant shades of pink and purple...a virtual riot of color, all on the same plant!

"Cactus Apples" is painted on 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. $395 + $35 to ship anywhere in the continental U.S.




Friday, September 30, 2016

Fall Shadows

"Fall Shadows"
20" x 20" Oil on Canvas
© Monique Straub
Upcoming art shows have me painting up a storm! This new piece is destined for the La Jolla Art & Wine Festival, next weekend, October 8th & 9th. Scenes of fall, palm trees, cactus and many other beautiful landscape pieces will be on display, and I invite you to browse the art and shops of La Jolla, since the weather is forecast to be spectacular.

"Fall Shadows" is a scene from beautiful Balboa Park, painted on 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. $395 + $35 to ship anywhere in the continental U.S. Updated 10/2/16: Sold...and on its way to Florida!

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Need a big pop of color? Check out "Prickly Situation"

"Prickly Situation"
30" x 48" Oil on Canvas
© Monique Straub
It's not often that a plant can give me goosebumps, but this baby did the trick! On a recent trip to our local Wednesday night car show, I spied the open gate to the yard of the Olaf Weighorst Museum property. The City of El Cajon moved the original log cabin home of this iconic painter of the old west to an "in-town" location, and created a wonderful museum in his honor. While his wonderful paintings grace the walls indoors, an impressive collection of rare cacti are on display throughout the grounds. Amazed at the sheer size and variety of these beautiful specimens, I was most curious with this lofty specimen, which towered above my head. Of course I've embellished on the intensity of color on these prickly paddles, but they are all actually painted in similar hues to what nature had on display. Purples, dark greens, dark blues, and even turquoise were all growing on the same plant, with explosions of bright yellow on the edges. A true feast for the eyes :)

"Prickly Situation" is painted on 30" x 48" 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.



Saturday, September 10, 2016

September Shadows

"September Shadows"
36" x 36" Oil on Gallery Canvas
© Monique Straub
Color...yes, crazy color! It's always so difficult to capture the brilliance of a fresh oil painting in a photograph. This piece is so much more exciting "in person." Inspired by a photo of the back country that I have painted before, blue takes center stage in this piece that is destined for my upcoming show at the La Jolla Art & Wine Festival in October. Of course, you can scoop it up right now if you can't wait that long!

"September Shadows" is painted on 36" x 36" 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.



Saturday, September 3, 2016

"Garden Party"

"Garden Party"
36" x 36" Oil on Gallery Canvas
© Monique Straub
A recent walk through the neighborhood provided inspiration for a new series of floral paintings that are now springing to life in the studio. Echinacea, also known as Coneflowers are one of my favorite garden beauties. These prickly-headed natives are in the same family as black-eyed Susans, and the birds and butterflies love them!

"Garden Party" is painted on 36" x 36" 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.



Tuesday, August 30, 2016

"Coachella II"

"Coachella II"
36" x 36" Oil on Canvas
© Monique Straub
The new work for my upcoming shows is progressing nicely. This is another piece from the "Coachella" series, painted from an image I took last spring. The fun thing about the palms in this area, is they all retain their full, original skirts. Usually when we encounter palm trees here in San Diego, they are groomed into skinny trunk pom-poms. The rustling of the dried skirts in the desert wind has a soothing quality, akin to listening to ocean waves crashing on the shore.

"Coachella II" is painted on 36" x 36" 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. Updated 10/8/16: Sold...to a new San Diego collector!

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Happy collectors make for happy artists!

"Coachella"
36" x 36" Oil on Canvas
© Monique Straub
Whew...the busiest time of my art show season is a wrap. I'm just settling back into the studio after a whirlwind couple of weeks. After a wonderful weekend of showing my work at ArtWalk NTC, the hubby and I broke down our tents, packed our stuff and headed home, only to repack all of his automotive photography and leave on a road trip at 3:00 a.m. the next morning for a gallery show in Carmel, CA. Another fun week of art, car shows, and gallery events had us testing our stamina!

I would like to give a huge "thank you" to all of you that stopped by my ArtWalk booth to say hello, and another "thank you" to those that decided to add a new piece to their collection! The centerpiece of my booth this year was "Coachella" pictured above. I'm happy to report, this beautiful painting is sold! It didn't even last an hour before it found a new home. Happy collectors make for happy artists!

Saturday, August 6, 2016

ArtWalk Liberty Station is coming...!


It's that time again...ArtWalk Liberty Station is just one week away!
Stop by Booths 504/505 to see what's new from Straub Studio. 

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. Updated 8/14/16: Sold...at ArtWalk Liberty Station.