Wednesday, December 13, 2017

New Gallery Show Opens!

Works by Monique Straub
at Adelman Fine Art

I'm excited to announce the opening of "Art you Enjoy," at Adelman Fine Art. This is an exhibition featuring artworks that embody the joy of the season, and I am excited to have six of my new original paintings included in the show.  View my other available pieces by clicking here.

Located in the Little Italy neighborhood of San Diego, Adelman Fine Art is a contemporary boutique gallery. Nestled along a tree-lined walkway in the Broadstone Building on Kettner Blvd, between Grape and Fir Streets, the gallery is surrounded by Little Italy's most popular restaurants, shops, and waterfront park - a vibrant shopping destination. Visit for the day and enjoy the good life by the bay!

Gallery Open Hours:
Sunday: Noon-6, Monday/Tuesday closed, Wednesday/Thursday 11-7, Friday/Saturday 11-9pm

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Merlot Magic

"Merlot Magic"
40" x 40" Oil on Canvas
© Monique Straub
It's a festive time of year, and holiday parties are already in full swing. The appetizers are plentiful, and the wine is flowing. I generally can't wait to get into my studio to paint, but I must admit, it can be difficult to stay focused this time of year. As I sip my wine, it dawns on me that it's time to paint the vineyards again. I've previously painted this scene in soft pastel, but never in oil. I hope you like it!

"Merlot Magic" is painted on 1-1/2" depth gallery wrapped canvas, sides painted black, ready to hang and enjoy. The inspiration for this painting was a recent trip to the vineyards in Sonoma. You can purchase here and have it delivered to your door. $2200 with free shipping anywhere in the continental U.S.



Monday, November 20, 2017

"Poppy Crazy"

"Poppy Crazy"
18" x 24" Oil on Canvas
© Monique Straub
Yes, "Poppy Crazy"...that's what one of my collectors has described as the condition of her back yard. The abnormally warm temperatures here in San Diego have contributed to the current explosion of color, and I'm just giddy, hopping around with my camera in hand. Many more poppy, sunflower, and flowering tree paintings are sure to follow!

"Poppy Crazy" is painted on 1-1/2" depth gallery wrapped canvas, sides painted black, ready to hang and enjoy. $650 with free shipping anywhere in the continental U.S. Purchase this beautiful painting from Adelman Fine Art click here!

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Torrey Winter

"Torrey Winter"
24" x 36" Oil on Canvas
© Monique Straub
The change from fall to winter has begun here in San Diego. It's not dramatic by East Coast standards, but as a San Diego native, I can see it clearly. Trees are thinning, colors are cooler, and a crispness is in the air. It's a great time of year for fine dining and catching up on favorite local attractions. Tourists have gone for the summer, and all is calm until Black Friday...then the crush is on!

"Torrey Winter" is painted in the colors of a San Diego winter, on 1-1/2" depth gallery wrapped canvas, sides painted black, ready to hang and enjoy. $1200 with free shipping anywhere in the continental U.S. Purchase this beautiful painting through Adelman Fine Art, click here!

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

"Make a Wish"

"Make a Wish"
24" x 24" Oil on Canvas
© Monique Straub
It is always a joyous moment when a butterfly is spotted, floating through the garden. I think they bring good luck! This beauty was fluttering through the coneflowers at dusk, spreading goodness and cheer. Quickly captured with a cellphone shot, and rendered in oil, she will be remembered forever.

"Make a Wish" is painted 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. $800 with free shipping anywhere in the continental U.S. Updated 11/16/17: Sold...to my collector in Cave Creek :)

Thursday, November 9, 2017

"Harvest Moon"

"Harvest Moon"
24" x 24" Oil on Canvas
© Monique Straub
Crystal clear and cool blue night skies, the full Harvest Moon overhead, and the distant hoot of an owl. Can you feel it? Fall is in the air. Pumpkins, cinnamon, turkey, the list goes on. It's the most wonderful time of the year...

"Harvest Moon" is painted in the colors of a cool fall evening, on 1-1/2" depth gallery wrapped canvas, sides painted black, ready to hang and enjoy. $800 with free shipping anywhere in the continental U.S. Purchase this beautiful painting through Adelman Fine Art, click here!

Sunday, November 5, 2017

"October Shadows"

"October Shadows"
20" x 20" Oil on Canvas
© Monique Straub
With October firmly behind us, the focus on my favorite season of the year is in full swing. My painting palette always seems to take a tilt toward the warmer oranges of leaves on the ground, and the blues and purples of long shadows on the lawns. Skies take on a deeper blue, and if we're lucky here in San Diego, the brilliant and puffy white clouds will soon make their appearance. It's the happiest time of the year...take a deep breath and enjoy it!

"October Shadows" is painted in the vivid, rich colors of Fall, on 1-1/2" depth gallery wrapped canvas, sides painted black, ready to hang and enjoy. The inspiration for this painting was to capture the long, morning shadows beneath a row of trees along Presidents Way in Balboa Park. You can purchase here and have it delivered to your door. $600 with free shipping anywhere in the continental U.S.



Sunday, October 29, 2017

"Tropical Dreams"

"Tropical Dreams"
36" x 36" Oil on Canvas
© Monique Straub
I have a love/hate relationship with one of Americas favorite flowers. Most folks thrill at the sight of these beautiful "birds," but my experience has been a bit comical. Years ago, when we were first married, John and I had a huge Bird of Paradise plant growing in our front yard. It had probably been there for twenty years or so, and with our plans for a new front yard, it just had to go. Easier said than done, and long story short, we realized it could not be removed by digging, so John had the bright idea to extract it (like a bad tooth) with a chain tied around the base, and hooked to our Volkswagen Rabbit. The Rabbit huffed and puffed, and I was certain the "bird" would win the battle. Fearing the worst, I went into the house, not wanting to witness the blown motor first hand. About a half hour later, and after much burning rubber, the entire "bird" was flying down the driveway and down the street behind our mighty little VW! They're pretty, but we shudder at the sight to this day :)

"Tropical Dreams" is painted in the vivid, rich colors of the islands on 1-1/2" depth gallery wrapped canvas, sides painted black, ready to hang and enjoy. $1800 with free shipping anywhere in the continental U.S. Purchase this beautiful painting through Adelman Fine Art, click here!

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

"75 Degrees"

"75 Degrees"
20" x 20" Oil on Canvas
© Monique Straub
Yes, it's 75 degrees outside most days through October, and I'm loving it. Lots of activity in the studio this month, with preparations for the La Jolla Art & Wine Festival this coming weekend, and my Open Studio event on the 14th and 15th. Stop by for a peek!

"75 Degrees" is painted in the vibrant colors of sunset, 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. $600 with free shipping anywhere in the continental U.S. Updated 10/12/17: Sold!

Saturday, September 30, 2017

"Let's Celebrate"

"Let's Celebrate"
24" x 24" Oil on Canvas
© Monique Straub
The feeling of celebration is always in the air this time of year. Beginning in October with the change of season to Fall (my favorite), all the way through the end of the year. I have so many upcoming art events, and the show calendar for 2018 is already filling up fast! Have you marked your calendar for my Open Studio event on October 14-15? I hope to see you there.

"Let's Celebrate" is painted in the warm colors of Fall, on 1-1/2" depth gallery wrapped canvas, sides painted black, ready to hang and enjoy.  $800 with free shipping anywhere in the continental U.S. Purchase this beautiful painting through Adelman Fine Art, click here!

Thursday, September 28, 2017

"My Fairy-tale Life"

"My Fairy-tale Life"
30" x 48" Oil on Canvas
© Monique Straub
Yes, life here in San Diego is just that...like a fairy-tale. But even happy stories have their challenges, an one of the challenges here is the traffic. I'm lucky to set my own hours in the studio, generally from 9:00-2:30 Monday through Friday, in an attempt to avoid rush hours. I was born and raised here, and have never lived anywhere else. Then came Zillow...you know, that online real estate site. I check out the homes for sale in Palm Desert every morning over coffee. No trigger pulling yet, but sometimes it's pretty tempting!

"My Fairy-tale Life" is painted in "happy go lucky" colors, on 1-1/2" depth gallery wrapped canvas, sides painted black, ready to hang and enjoy. $2000 with free shipping anywhere in the continental U.S. Updated 12/10/17: Sold...and on its way to a new collector in Illinois :)

Monday, September 25, 2017

September Shadows

"September Shadows"
36" x 36" Oil on Canvas
© Monique Straub
Hiking through the back country of San Diego is always a sure bet to inspire a new painting. Many of you have visited my North Park studio, and know first hand how I begin each of my paintings from a photo I have taken. These photos are mainly a "jumping off point" and provide basic composition. From that point, the fun begins! Color is what it's all about for me. Yes, I could spend hours upon hours rendering a photo perfect scene, then paint it with all the exact colors...but what fun would that be?

"September Shadows" is painted in the vivid colors of my imagination, 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. $1800 with free shipping anywhere in the continental U.S.



Saturday, September 23, 2017

New Show opens at Adelman Fine Art!

October/November gallery show "Season's Lure"
I'm excited to announce the opening of "Season's Lure," at Adelman Fine Art. This is an exhibition featuring artworks that embody all that lures you into the fall season, and I am excited to have eight of my new original paintings included in the show. Check them out here!

Located in the Little Italy neighborhood of San Diego, Adelman Fine Art is a contemporary boutique gallery. Nestled along a tree-lined walkway in the Broadstone Building on Kettner Blvd, between Grape and Fir, the gallery is surrounded by Little Italy's most popular restaurants, shops, and waterfront park - a vibrant shopping destination. Visit for the day and enjoy the good life by the bay!

Gallery Open Hours:
Sunday: Noon-6, Monday/Tuesday closed, Wednesday/Thursday 11-7, Friday/Saturday 11-9pm.

Friday, September 15, 2017

"Rise and Shine"

"Rise and Shine"
24" x 24" Oil on Canvas
© Monique Straub
The eastern morning view from my bedroom in La Mesa (a suburb of San Diego), never fails to impress. This time of year with the morning "heat clouds" over the eastern mountains, the sun backlights the hills and a painting always springs to mind. John and I grump and grouse about the high cost of living and the traffic, but the weather can't be beat!

"Rise and Shine" is painted in the vivid colors of a California morning, 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. $800 with free shipping anywhere in the continental U.S.



Saturday, September 9, 2017

"Coneflowers"

"Coneflowers"
24" x 24" Oil on Canvas
© Monique Straub
They're everywhere...Coneflowers! My favorite flower, and this is the time of the year they make their colorful appearance. They grew all along the white picket fence in my grandmas yard, and my chubby little eight year old fingers had to squeeze the center of each one. Have you ever touched the center of a Coneflower? They're hard and not at all like what you would think :)

"Coneflowers" is painted in the warm colors of Fall, 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. $800 with free shipping anywhere in the continental U.S.



Thursday, September 7, 2017

"Pink Pop"

"Pink Pop"
20" x 20" Oil on Canvas
© Monique Straub
Ahh...the cooler breezes of Fall are finally upon us. My favorite season of the year, and also prime time for beauty in the garden. My morning neighborhood walk reminds me to stop and smell the flowers!

"Pink Pop" is painted in the festive colors of Fall, 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. $600 with free shipping anywhere in the continental U.S.



Tuesday, September 5, 2017

"Confetti"

"Confetti"
20" x 20" Oil on Canvas
© Monique Straub
The trees are confused here in San Diego. One day it feels like fall, the next day it's 105 degrees. The trees in my front yard have confetti for foliage...green leaves, brown leaves, new buds, and brilliant flowers! If trees could talk, I wonder what they would be saying?

"Confetti" is painted in the festive colors of nature, 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. $600 with free shipping anywhere in the continental U.S.



Monday, September 4, 2017

Jungle Jive

"Jungle Jive"
36" x 48" Oil on Gallery Wrapped Canvas
© Monique Straub
The current weather in San Diego has worked its way onto my canvas again! Yesterday was 88 degrees and raining, and today it's 78 degrees and very humid. Our palm trees love it, and I must say it has done wonders for my skin...the hair, not so much! With all their fun shapes and fresh color, palms are a favorite subject of mine, so you'll probably be seeing more of them popping up.

"Jungle Jive" is painted in the brilliant colors of the tropics, 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. $2400 with free shipping anywhere in the continental U.S. Updated 10/26/17: Sold!

Saturday, September 2, 2017

Palm Fiesta

"Palm Fiesta"
20" x 20" Oil on Canvas
© Monique Straub
Things are hot in the studio this week! Not only is it 100+ degrees outside, I've turned up the heat on my studio hours, getting ready for several upcoming shows. Check out the "Events" tab on my blog for more information. We would love to see you at an event soon.

"Palm Fiesta" is painted in the warm colors of summer, 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. $600 with free shipping anywhere in the continental U.S.