Monday, November 17, 2014

Open Studio Night this week!


North Little Italy (NoLI) Nights Open Studios is this Thursday, November 20th from 6-9pm!  I invite you to grab your date and come down to the studio and see what's new. There are also several new restaurants in the neighborhood to check out! Parking is available at the corner of Kettner & Laurel Street in the Laurel Travel Center building. The heart of the action is just south of there at the Art & Design Building at 2400 Kettner Blvd. The entry to the second floor art studios is just outside Meyer Fine Art, and I am in Studio 214. Hope to see you there...


Tuesday, October 21, 2014

"California Farmlands Two"

"California Farmlands Two"
36" x 48" Oil on Canvas
© Monique Straub
The smell of deep brown earth and row upon row of greenery are sure to jump start my creative thinking. Using a photo I took during a drive through Central California a few years back, the fun of playing with color and movement quickly take center stage. I'm often asked if I ever draw or paint more "realistically," and the answer is "I try not to." My early art training was in technical illustration, very tight and exacting drawings of machinery and tools. I was really good at it, since I'm pretty much a perfectionist, but it was boring as all get out! Playing with my own color and exaggerated shapes is much more fun.

"California Farmlands Two" is painted on 1-1/2" thick gallery wrapped canvas, the sides of this piece are painted black and it is ready to hang, unframed. You may purchase here and have it shipped to your door, or purchase here and pick up at my studio/gallery in Little Italy, and I will refund the shipping. $2495 + $65 to ship anywhere in the continental US or Canada.






Thursday, October 16, 2014

Thank you, thank you, thank you!

"Old Town Sentinels"
off to a happy new home!
I would like to extend a great big thank you to all of my Facebook fans, collectors, and blog followers that stopped by to visit me at the La Jolla Art & Wine Festival this past weekend. It was the first time I have participated in this particular festival, and many paintings found new homes. It was a great weekend!

Welcome to those of you new to my VIP email list, I hope you will explore my blog and check out my calendar there for future events and available works. You will receive my emails approx. once per week, with new paintings and special event news.

Thank you for joining me :)

Monique

Thursday, October 9, 2014

La Jolla Art & Wine Festival this weekend!

La Jolla Art & Wine Festival
Monique Straub Studio/Gallery
Booth #160 on Girard Ave, between Kline and Torrey Pines Road

Treat yourself to an art show this weekend. The weather promises to be spectacular!

The 2014 La Jolla Art & Wine Festival returns to La Jolla for its sixth annual season this Saturday and Sunday, October 11th and 12th from 10am - 6pm, in the heart of the village, on Girard Ave. This two-day juried art show and fundraiser has quickly garnered a reputation as one of the most prestigious art & wine festivals in Southern California. The La Jolla Art & Wine Festival is free and open to the public.

Featuring the works of over 150 established artists, the LJAWF features something for everyone including a silent auction, roving entertainment, a gourmet marketplace, the family art center and a wine and beer garden which will include premier wineries in addition to San Diego’s top breweries.

I will be showing my newest original works in oil and soft pastel, located in booth #160 on Girard Avenue, between Kline Street and Torrey Pines Road. Hope to see you there :)


Wednesday, October 1, 2014

"Torrey Summer"

"Torrey Summer"
48" x 36" Oil on Canvas
© Monique Straub
While showing my work at local art festivals such as ArtWalk Little Italy and the La Jolla Festival of the Arts, I am always asked about larger works. With plenty of room to move around in my new Little Italy studio, I now have the luxury of space to actually work on two or more of these large paintings at a time. Having just completed this jumbo work in oil, it will be my center piece for the upcoming La Jolla Art & Wine Festival, next weekend, October 11 & 12.

"Torrey Summer" is painted in response to happy times hiking at Torrey Pines, here in San Diego. Painted on 1-1/2" thick gallery wrapped canvas, the sides of this piece are painted black and it is ready to hang, unframed. You may purchase here and have it shipped to your door, or purchase here and pick up at my studio/gallery in Little Italy, and I will refund the shipping. $2495 + $65 to ship anywhere in the continental US or Canada. Updated 10/13/14: Sold at the La Jolla Art & Wine Festival!

Monday, September 22, 2014

"Summer Heirlooms"

"Summer Heirlooms"
24" x 24" Oil on Gallery Wrapped Canvas
© Monique Straub
What is it about Heirloom tomatoes that is so appealing? I always make a bee-line to the farmers market vendors that peddle these beautiful orbs. With the onset of Fall here in San Diego, the pumpkins and squash have already started to make their appearances. It's still life time in the studio this time of year!

"Summer Heirlooms" is painted on a 1-1/2" thick, gallery wrapped canvas with sides painted black, ready to hang and enjoy. You may purchase here and have it shipped to your door, or purchase here and pick up at my Little Italy studio and I will refund the shipping fee. $575 + $40 to ship anywhere in the continental US or Canada. Thanks for stopping by :)



Thursday, September 11, 2014

"Poppy Fiesta"

Poppy Fiesta
18" x 24" each, Diptych
© Monique Straub
Poppies in the landscape are sure to bring a smile to any artist looking for summertime inspiration. Brightly colored heads bobbing in the breeze are a joy to paint, and one of my most popular subjects. This boldly colorful scene has been painted across two canvases for added pizzaz!

"Poppy Fiesta" is painted on two, 1-1/2" thick gallery wrap canvases, sold as a set. The sides are painted black and it is ready to hang, unframed. You may purchase here and have it shipped to your door, or purchase here and pick up at my Little Italy studio and I will refund the shipping fee. $795 + $40 to ship anywhere in the continental US or Canada. 




Saturday, September 6, 2014

"Summer in Sonoma"

"Summer in Sonoma"
14" x 18" Pastel on Sandpaper
© Monique Straub
Always a favorite trip of mine, the Sonoma wine country is an artists delight. The smell of sweet grapes on the vine and warm breezes of summer have me wanting to return again and again. I'm always reminded of my artist friends that paint en plein air (outdoors), and in places like this, it is an enviable pursuit. I rarely take to the outdoors with my work, in part because I never seem to be able to haul enough supplies to make it enjoyable. Lately, spending time painting in my beautiful new air conditioned studio, I'm finding it hard to go home at the end of the day! Big paintings are on the easels, and excitement is in the air :)

"Summer in Sonoma" is offered framed in a wide, brown plein air style frame with gold liner, and UV/non-glare museum glass. Ready to hang and enjoy. You can purchase here and have it shipped to your door, or purchase here and pick up at my Little Italy studio, and I'll refund the shipping cost. $525 + $40 to ship anywhere in the continental US or Canada. Thanks for stopping by!



Monday, September 1, 2014

"Torrey Pines Path"

"Torrey Pines Path"
12" x 16" Pastel on Sanded Board
© Monique Straub

I hope this post finds you all enjoying a wonderful Labor Day weekend, and I would like to welcome all of the new folks that signed up to follow my work at ArtWalk NTC and NoLI Nights events. The end of summer is always a busy time in the studio. I have been working on many new pieces that will be shown at my next event, The La Jolla Art & Wine Festival, October 11 & 12. Of course, since you're signed up to receive paintings as they are completed, you'll get priority viewing of everything new. Upcoming pieces include work in pastel, as well as a few larger pieces in oil on canvas.


"Torrey Pines Path" is offered framed in a wide, brown plein air style frame, with UV/non-glare museum glass. Ready to hang and enjoy. You can purchase here and have it shipped to your door, or purchase here and pick up at my Little Italy studio, and I'll refund the shipping cost. $365 + $40 to ship anywhere in the continental US or Canada. Thanks for stopping by :)




Thursday, August 14, 2014

A New Painting and ArtWalk @ NTC Liberty Station!


"Around the Bend"
24" x 24" Oil on Canvas
© Monique Straub

 Ready...Set...Walk!

  August 16 & 17, Saturday & Sunday, 10am - 6pm
See my latest works in pastel and oil at my booth #505
at the corner of Historic Decatur Road and Dewey Road. 


The white tents of ArtWalk will be set center stage in Ingram Plaza at NTC Liberty Station in Pt. Loma this weekend. The "Little Sister" to the expansive April edition of ArtWalk in Little Italy, this fun and festive show provides visitors with an intimate setting, ample free parking, and easy walkability. Presenting approximately 175 visual artists, this free outdoor festival also offers a full array of live music, street food, dance performances, and KidsWalk area with interactive art activities. Hope to see you there!

"Around the Bend" is painted on 1-1/2" thick gallery wrapped canvas. The sides are painted black and it is ready to hang, unframed. You may purchase here and have it shipped to your door, or come on down to ArtWalk and see it in person! $575 to ship anywhere in the continental US or Canada. Updated 8/17/14: Sold...at ArtWalk NTC!

Monday, August 4, 2014

A new painting...and a new studio!

"Summer on the Pond"
18" x 24" Pastel on Sandpaper
© Monique Straub
I've been absent from blog posting lately, but I have a really good excuse! With my need for more space in the studio, and the end of my two-year studio lease at NTC Liberty Station on August 4th, an eagerly anticipated move to a larger studio has been completed.   I am now located in the Art & Design Building at 2400 Kettner Blvd., just south of Laurel Street in Little Italy. My new digs are 2-1/2 times larger, with beautiful hardwood floors, skylight, and air conditioning! I can't wait to have my first "open studio," later this month (details in a later post, so stay tuned). I now look forward to working on larger pieces in pastel and oil, and an expanded gallery/display space.

"Summer on the Pond" is offered framed in a wide, brown plein air style frame with an antique gold liner and UV/non glare museum glass. Ready to hang and enjoy. You can purchase here and have it shipped to your door, or purchase here and pick up at my Little Italy studio and I'll refund the shipping cost. $675 + $45 to ship anywhere in the continental U.S. or Canada.






Sunday, July 20, 2014

"Free Flight"

"Free Flight"
24" x 36" Oil on Canvas
© Monique Straub
It's California summertime, and the Birds of Paradise are in full bloom! The birds love them, the bees love them, and they are one of my favorite flowers. Growing like weeds in the front yard, their curious beaks stare me down every chance they get. I'm so glad they are drought tolerant!

"Free Flight" is painted in vibrant blues and greens on 1-1/2" thick gallery wrapped canvas. The sides are painted black and it is ready to hang, unframed. You may purchase here and have it shipped to your door, or purchase here and pick up at my studio/gallery, and I will refund the shipping. $1295 + $40 to ship anywhere in the continental U.S. or Canada.



Friday, July 11, 2014

"Mid Summer Morning"



"Mid Summer Morning"
12" x 12" Pastel on Sandpaper
© Monique Straub
Floppy, curly sunflowers make me happy! In fact, they are even more beautiful as they begin to curl and bow their heads. With many exciting changes on the horizon, I treated myself to a big bouquet of sunflowers today. Now let me tell you a little about the road ahead. I'm moving...again...but this time not just across the hall at Liberty Station, I'll be moving to the fun and vibrant art community of Little Italy here in San Diego. I've outgrown my pretty little studio in Barracks 19, and will spread my wings in a large, loft style studio in an historic furniture warehouse, converted to creative space. Stay tuned for more details, or visit me at my Liberty Station studio for my final "Friday Night Liberty" event on August 1st from 5-9pm.

"Mid Summer Morning" is offered framed in a wide, black plein air style frame with gold liner and UV/non-glare museum glass. Ready to hang and enjoy. You can purchase here and have it shipped to our door, or purchase here and pick up at my studio and I'll refund the shipping cost. $295 + $35 to ship anywhere in the continental US or Canada. Updated 8/17/14: Sold...at ArtWalk NTC!

Friday, July 4, 2014

"Friday Night Liberty on Saturday!"


"My little gallery bursting at the seams!"
Due to the Fourth of July holiday, the NTC Liberty Station monthly open studios event "Friday Night Liberty" will take place on Saturday this month, and we've even added daytime hours. Yes, tomorrow from 1-8pm you can browse the studios and galleries, grab a bite to eat from one of our great restaurants, or one of the tasty "food trucks" we will have on site.

Have a Happy 4th, and hope to see you there!

Thursday, June 26, 2014

"Pond Play"

"Pond Play"
12" x 12" Oil on Canvas
© Monique Straub
Moss green, sea green, lime green, yellow green...the colors of summer on the pond. Balboa Park is the location, and the pods are popping. Long stems swaying in the breeze, an occasional turtle pops up to munch on a ruffled pad. It's all play for the artist, paint mixing play!

"Pond Play" is offered framed in a gold crackle finish float frame, ready to hang and enjoy, and available here. You can have it shipped to your door, or pick up at my studio in Pt. Loma and I'll refund the shipping. $275 + $35 to ship anywhere in the continental US or Canada.




Sunday, June 8, 2014

My newest work ... "Cactus Crazy"

"Cactus Crazy"
24" x 36" Oil on Canvas
© Monique Straub
Yes, it has gone crazy. The quest for cactus here in San Diego County has reached a fever pitch. On a recent visit to the San Diego County Fair horticultural exhibit, it was very clear that succulents and cactus have taken the spotlight in the landscape and garden community. Entire exhibits dedicated to waterwise and drought tolerant plants were the focus, and the local green thumbs are at the top of their game. I never knew cactus and succulents could be so beautifully arranged. I guess the unfortunate side of the water shortage here in Southern California has brought about an artful change to our garden palettes, and I love it!

"Cactus Crazy" is painted on 1-1/2" thick gallery wrapped canvas. The sides are painted black and it is ready to hang, unframed. You may purchase here and have it shipped to our door, or purchase here and pick up at my studio/gallery at Liberty Station, Pt. Loma, and I will refund the shipping. $1295 + $40 to ship anywhere in the continental U.S. or Canada. Updated 11/23/14: Sold!

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

"Sonoma Stroll"

"Sonoma Stroll"
24" x 36" Oil on Gallery Canvas
© Monique Straub
With summer fast approaching, my thoughts are on vacation time! The vineyards of central California are always a favorite spot, as hubby and I motor our way to the Monterey and Carmel area each year. A short break from painting, and beautiful scenery is just the thing to recharge the artistic batteries.

Also, in just a few short weeks, it will be time once again for "Friday Night Liberty" at NTC Liberty Station. The date is June 6th, from 5-9pm. It is a fun evening of open art studios, music and dining. Oh, and you can see "Sonoma Stroll" up close and personal.

"Sonoma Stroll" is painted on 1-1/2" thick gallery wrapped canvas. The sides are painted black and it is ready to hang, unframed. You may purchase here and have it shipped to your door, or purchase here and pick up an my studio/gallery at Liberty Station, Pt. Loma, and I will refund the shipping. $1295 + $40 to ship anywhere in the continental U.S. or Canada.



Saturday, May 24, 2014

"Riverdance"

"Riverdance"
24" x 24" Oil on Gallery Canvas
© Monique Straub
Wind rushes clouds through the sky, ripples on the river lap at their tule clad banks, the bushes rustle a song...it's another day on the river. If no one is there to hear it...does it still make a sound?

"Riverdance" is painted on 1-1/2" thick gallery wrapped canvas. The sides of this piece are painted black and it is ready to hang, unframed. You may purchase here and have it shipped to your door, or purchase here and pick up at my studio/gallery at Liberty Station, Pt. Loma, and I will refund the shipping. $525 + $40 to ship anywhere in the continental US or Canada. Updated 11/23/14: Sold!

Sunday, May 18, 2014

"Torrey Pines Walk Two"

"Torrey Pines Walk Two"
12" x 16" Pastel on Board
© Monique Straub
The cliffs and trails at Torrey Pines State Park are a never ending source of inspiration for many artists. There is just something special about the California coastline that has drawn artists to this location for many years. I've been visiting and painting scenes from many of San Diego's local parks in preparation for upcoming summer shows. It's a tough job...but someone's got to do it!

Framed in wide dark brown wood with UV/non-glare museum glass, this piece is ready to hang and enjoy. Purchase here and have it shipped, or pick up at my Pt. Loma studio and I will refund the shipping cost. $365 + $35 to ship anywhere in the continental US or Canada. Updated 8/17/14: Sold...at ArtWalk NTC!

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

"The Back Country"

"The Back Country"
24" x 36"
© Monique Straub
 
Spring has given way to Summer here in San Diego, and today is scheduled to be a sizzler. With temps in the triple digits, our beautiful back country will slowly make the transition from green to shades of gold and sepia. I drive past this wonderful old olive grove each time I make the trip east to my favorite casino. These graceful, twisting trunks have been turning my head each time I drive past, and I finally decided to stop the car and spend a little time snapping away with my camera. Something about the interesting shapes of trees always keeps me coming back. I expect several more paintings from this area in the coming weeks.

"The Back Country" is painted on 1-1/2" thick gallery wrapped canvas, with sides painted black, it is ready to hang, unframed. You may purchase here and have it shipped to your door, or purchase here and pick up at my studio/gallery at Liberty Station, Pt. Loma, and I will refund the shipping. $1295 + $40 to ship anywhere in the continental US or Canada. Updated 8/16/14: Sold...and ArtWalk NTC!