Friday, June 15, 2018

Route 66 is Calling

I remember walking home from school as a kid, it was on warm Friday afternoons. Summer was knocking on the door and the thought of my parents taking me on a vacation road trip seemed to be calling. This made it even more important to tune into one of my favorite Friday evening TV programs, "Route 66." Oh, that Corvette that they drove back then, scouring the country, what a sexy car. Even today when I see a classic one, I remember the feelings of unknown adventure I had as a youngster. And yes, the thing that always stands out is the totally space age coves running down the sides saying, "I'm fast and sexy."

This is one of my new images, it can be printed on metal in a custom barn-wood frame. Available in different sizes to your liking, or ordered on photo paper ready to frame off my site. Email me!




Friday, June 8, 2018

A Very Cool Show


Talk about an exciting show...did I tell you I've been selected as one of 120 artist to show my photography in the Laguna Beach Art-A-Fair this summer? I'm jazzed, and to add to the excitement, my wife Monique has also been selected to show her oil paintings. It will be an exciting, and exhausting show this summer. We'll be driving up a minimum of once a week for two months to work the show. Adding to that, I have my photography in the Laguna Beach "Gallery of Speed" and I'll be showing at "Automoblia Monterey" Embassy Suites during "Car Week". So as you can imagine, I've been burning my fingers up on the computer working on new images to show.

BTW. if you want free passes for two to the Art-A-Fair, email me your address and I'll get them in the mail to you.

Thursday, May 31, 2018

Something New for You!

Hi all, here's something new that I'm going to start doing. About the first of every month I'll be sending out a calendar with one of my images that you can print out and keep where you would like. It will also list some of the shows or events I'm doing. Have at it and I hope you have a color printer. If your on your computer, you can double click on the image and then save it as a screen saver. Fill free to forward this email to you friends for them to use too.

Remember, a good photograph of a car keeps the moment from driving off...


Thursday, May 24, 2018

Donohue's 917-30 Finds New Homes

It's not every week that I get to see the smiles of two friends and collectors,  when I deliver framed prints of Mark Donohue's Porsche 917-30 twin turbo. Indeed, a good week! Dave and Steve are both happy campers!



Now for some different news about a cool show I've been juried into. If you love all kinds of art and live in SoCal, you may have heard of the Laguna Beach Art Festivals, the Sawdust, the Festival of Arts, and the Art-A-Fair. They all run the months of July and August. I'll be showing in the Art-A-Fair this summer! But wait, that's not all........I can send you a special invitation to the "Premiere Night" at the Art-A-Fair plus a season pass for two. All you need to do is send me your address and I'll get it in the mail to you. Tell me you can't wait! I'll post more about this as we get closer. So for now, have fun and drive safe on this Holiday Weekend!

Friday, May 18, 2018

Just Thinking To Myself


Just thinking to myself. What if you printed your photos an no one ever saw them? That would be a shame...  Well, I just want to say thanks for tuning in to my email/blog. I feel pretty lucky to have you guys checking out my images, and in response to my last post, two "Ultimate Weapon" framed prints went to collectors!

Now for a shameless plug. I've added quite a few new images throughout my photo site, and if you haven't been there recently, you should check it out. If there is something you like, you can order it off the site with or without mats and frames, or contact me directly. The link: JohnStraubImageWorks.com

Let me know if you find something that you gotta have, and don't forget to forward this email to your other half for birthday ideas!

Friday, May 11, 2018

"The Can-Am Killer"




Driven by Mark Donohue, the 1500bhp, turbocharged flat 12 powered 917-30 not only claimed the Ca-Am championship but achieved a closed-course speed record of 221.120mph at Talladega. Winning all but one race in the series, the car was nicknamed 'The Can-Am Killer'. Six were built, only three raced - 1974 rule changes saw to that.

The "1973 917/30 Can-Am Spyder" is framed and ready to hang for you enjoyment. The image size is 8"x 12" printed on metallic photo paper, matted in a 12"x 16" quality wood frame. Signed and called "Ultimate Weapon." I only have one of these ready to go, so don't miss out. It's $125.00 including shipping in the US. What a deal! Sold out in this frame.



Saturday, May 5, 2018

ArtWalk is a Wrap...

A big "Thank you" to all you guys that came by my booth at ArtWalk! To those that made a purchase to take home, or ordered an image for the future, it's always fun to see the smiles on your faces. Some of you are below. Thank you! I do wish I would have had more time to talk with each of you, but sometimes it was like a feeding frenzy in my booth.

To those that signed up for my blog/mailing list, a big "Welcome!" I hope you enjoy it. Remember, if you ever see anything you want, let me know!


Sunday, April 22, 2018

Mission Federal ArtWalk

How time flies! It doesn't seem like a year ago I was set up in San Diego's Little Italy doing ArtWalk. However, this year is special to me. I was chosen to be one of eight "Featured Artists" out of 350 artist participating!  I'll be there with my fine art automotive images at the southwest corner on India St. and Cedar St. My booth is 318 on Cedar St. just across the street from the Burger Lounge, how convenient!

I hope you can join me for the 34th annual Mission Federal ArtWalk, San Diego's premier arts and culture event. It's next weekend, free and covers 17 blocks with the two day festival with painting, sculpture, glass work, jewelry and of course photography. The times are 11:00 to 6:00pm both days.

You can find out more info here: www.artwalksandiego.org/missionfederal/ 




Saturday, April 14, 2018

Sometimes You Just Need To Come Back


Mercedes Benz has never been one to follow the crowd. Yes, wide-hipped like many on the road today, but stylist curves that say, victory over the commonplace...

I shot this concept several years ago, but only recently came back to finish the image to share with you. I hope you enjoy. And yes I can print one just for you. You can find it on my site at: https://goo.gl/4bw31B  or wall size at GarageGraphics at: https://www.garagegraphics.net/artist-gallery/john-straub/supercar-passion/

Sunday, April 8, 2018

Check out Garage Style Magazine

Thought I would share this info about a cool magazine with you guys. What got me thinking about this was, I delivered a large double float on metal to the owner/publisher of "Garage Style Magazine." He had seen "Cafe 11" up in Monterey last year at "Automoblia Monterey" held at the Embassy Suites in my booth. The way Don tells it, "One of his favorite things to do is collect signs and art for his man cave and office. When he first laid eyes on the print-on-metal he fell quickly and irrevocably in love." Like a lot of collectors, months would go by, but he kept thinking, I would love to have that piece for my office. Finally we touched base again and shook hands over email. I ended up delivering the piece to him at the "Gallery of Speed" in Laguna Beach.

As I started, if you have not seen or subscribed to "Garage Style Magazine"...it's very cool! If you want to check one out, I believe Barnes and Noble carry it in their magazine racks. They do a big spread on Monterey car week covering events like Pebble Beach. Oh, they also do private garage tours at the start of the week. It's pretty darn cool! So check one out guys, and share this post with your other car buddies that may want to see it too! I think you'll like it!



Sunday, March 25, 2018

Gallery of Speed Fine Art

It's been a busy time, I've been out doing some commission shots as well as getting art together for a gallery in Laguna Beach. That's right, I'm excited to announce that I'm now being represented by "Gallery of Speed Fine Art" located in that sea side town. It's a gallery dedicated to all things that relate to speed with very cool watercolors, paintings in oil, automotive dioramas, and of course photography. Only original art, not reproductions. As you may know, I've been in a gallery in Carmel the past two summers, now it's closer to home! And speaking about close to home, here in San Diego, I've been chosen as one of eight "Featured Artists" for San Diego's ArtWalk in Little Italy. More on this in a future post.

So if you're in the area of Laguna Beach, please stop by and check out the automotive work from some very talented artists. It's best to call ahead for open times. The "Gallery of Speed" is located at, 1590 South Coast Highway #3, Laguna Beach, CA., 1-949-637-7009.






Sunday, March 11, 2018

Corvette Grand Sport

"Grand Sport"

In late 1962 Corvette was being developed into a car that would do battle with Shelby's Cobra. Bowtie fans and racers were ecstatic! However, the Cobra was about 1,000 pounds lighter. Zora Arkus-Duntov, father of the Corvette, and others at Chevrolet launched a plan of building 125 ultra light Corvettes called the Grand Sport. By building 125 cars, the Grand Sport would qualify as a GT production car under the international racing rules. In the end, the five Grand Sports weighed in at about 1,900 lbs., about 1,350 lbs. lighter than a stock Corvette coupe. Sadly, the General Motors front office stopped the program. When the cease and desist order came down, those five Grand Sports had already been completed and were to become collector cars after doing some track time. The Grand Sport pictured above was built by Superformance. Check their site out.

Now for my infomercial, I can print the image above on paper or metal any size that interests you. Give me a shout if you love the image and can't live without one. Contact me john@johnstraubimageworks.com.