Sunday, March 19, 2017

A Black and White Kinda' Night... Salton Sea

"Decaying Dreams" sounds pretty bleak... On Saturday night the 25th I'll be having an exhibition of my "Decaying Dreams" museum B/W images from the Salton Sea. These are the artist proofs from my personal collection of a limited edition from the series. There will also be numerous other open studios along with the "Art On 30th" gallery show in the main gallery. Well..., that all sounded pretty stuffy, didn't it? Anyway, hope I see you there and you know I'm not a stuffy kinda' guy!

Here's the info: Ashton Gallery at Art on 30th, 4434 30th St, San Diego, CA. 92116. The show runs from 6pm to 8pm on March 25th. My studio is #4.

One of the "Decaying Dreams" images on display. ©John Straub

Friday, March 10, 2017

Why Listen to Everyone...?

Staying close to those that "Get you," you know, understand you and respect the crazy diamond that you are, is important. I would hear, "Don't shoot into the sun, don't shoot into the sun" over and over until I said, "Why not!" Oh, I know it's hard to get the exposure right and you get lens flair, but that's what makes it a challenge and when the flair adds something special to the image, you gotta' smile. This is one of those shots that I did for myself, not intended to be printed.

So what do you think?

Monday, March 6, 2017

L.A. Lit. Meet ...It was a Wrap

It's always so much fun seeing friends at shows! To all of you that came by my art booth at the L.A. Lit Meet and then the Swap Meet the following day, "Thank You." To those of you that signed up for my blog, again, "Thank You" and stay tuned for more. And not to be left out, to those of you that purchased a treasure from me, "Thank You!" All of you guys and girls, rock big time!

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Hocking my Wears...

This dye-infused print on metal "Stacks" sold a little bit ago. It was so much fun to deliver this to a total car guy and Trans-Am racer so he could add it to his art collection. Thanks to everyone who continues to buy my art, and their support of the arts! Without your support there truly would be less good art in the world...

By the way, I'll be at the L.A. Lit Meet at the Airport Hilton next Saturday the 4th, and also in the vendor tent the day after with my Porsche prints. Stop by, say hi and find something to take home with you. Be there or be square...

"Stacks" off to a new home.

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Steve McQueen Car Show and Rally... My First Time...

Yep, never have done this, but I hear from all my buddies that this is an event not to be missed. What is it, you ask? Well, the Friends of Steve McQueen Car Show and Rally. The show this year will be held on June 3, 2017. This is an automotive gathering to be seen with all types of cars on display. The Rally will be held on May 20-21, 2017 and traveling through the San Diego mountains, Borrego Springs. and Palm Desert. I'm looking forward to checking out the show with camera in hand. If you would like to check out more info on both, here's a link: Friends of Steve McQueen Show and Rally.

Steve posing with his 250.

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Blowing Like a Tornado...

I stopped to get a shot of my '67 911 sitting among the pumps of this old gas station. I unpacked my tripod, camera, and did the set up. After pulling the car under the overhang and making my way back to the camera, suddenly the wind began to howl directly in the direction of the camera. Thinking holy cow among other things, I'm never going to get a steady shot. Well, after squinting for several minutes to keep the sand out of my eyes, I took a chance and started taking some shots.

After posting a pre-finished shot on Facebook and receiving tons of "likes and shares" I'm now happy to introduce you to my new finished release, "Filler-Up." It's destined to become another double float print on metal ready to be enjoyed.

Hope you enjoy, and here's a link for an up close look! "Filler-Up."

"Filler-Up" © John Straub

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Is It That Time Already?

Must be. This Saturday night, February 11th I'll be previewing some of the metal prints I'll have at the L. A. Literature Meet which will be held next month.

If you're in town please drop by and check out some of my prints on metal as well as some matted prints. The event is at my studio/gallery on 30th St., San Diego. The location is "Art on 30th", 4434 30th Street, Studio 4 upstairs. The event hours are, 6:00-8:00 pm. Here's one of my prints that I'll have at the studio, it's of the ultimate car restaurant/bar in Carmel Valley, Carmel, CA....

Be there or be square...

Print on metal, "Baja Cantina"  © John Straub

Friday, January 27, 2017

Documents & Pictures

Since the first cave painting 40,000 years ago, humans have both documented and created reality through image-making. This theme runs through art history, whether we are talking about a 16th century still life or a collage.

Now we live in the Instagram era, which blurs the line between reality and pictorial fiction to a degree never before seen. A vacation snapshot is also a shoe advertisement and a carefully edited addition to the personal brand. I've had "Cafe 11" accepted to this show that explores three tendencies: works that reflect reality, works that create fictions, and works that mediate the two. 40 diverse 2D pieces of art were juried.

The San Diego Museum of Art Artists Guild presents the show "Documents & Pictures." Held at the Poway Center for the Performing Arts, 15498 Espola Rd, Poway, CA 92064. The show runs, February 1-28, 2017. The opening reception is, February 4, 2017. 2-4 PM, and your invited. The event is free and refreshments will be served.

For more info, please see : Documents & Pictures

"Cafe 11"... 24"x 36" printed on metal and framed

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Ferrari and Futurists

It's no surprise to most of you, I'm sure, that I like vintage cars. Cars that are works of art. Oh I know they are not like we get today from local dealers, heaters that work, air conditioners that keep us cool, and radios that we can actually hear while driving. But still, give me a vintage car to make me dream while I'm driving...

Well speaking of classic cars and art, they are having a meeting at the crossroads, at Heather James Fine Art Gallery in Palm Dessert until January 30, 2017. It's a show called "Ferrari and Futurists - an Italian Look at Speed." The show features four very rare Ferrari's such as, a 1950 Ferrari 166 Inter Berlinetta, a 1951 Ferrari 340 American Berlinetta, a 1956 Ferrari 250 GT Speciale, and a 1963 Ferrari 400 Superamerica. The show was curated by Donald Osborne. They are presented in an absolutely beautiful setting along with classic and contemporary art, from artists such as Banksy, Picasso, Calder, Rockwell, and Claude Monet.

You know I had to get my Nikon out for this. Look for a future art shot coming...

Here's a link to the show at: Heather James Fine Art

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Monterey Car Week "Nine over Nine..."

One of the projects over the last few months I've been involved with is a new coffee table book coming out, called "Nine over Nine." If you have ever been to Monterey Car Week during August, this will hit home. The background on the book, "Nine over Nine" was nine photographers shooting over nine days last August. I was contacted along with 8 other extraordinarily skilled professional photographers to cover as many of car week events and document them with photos capturing as many classic shots as we could. To be part of this is truly exciting, and to see it come to print is one of the highlights of this past year. It's now in the "kickstarter" mode and I've included a link for that, as well as some images of pages from the book. Be sure to click the link for more info on the book and watch the accompanying video.

Here's the link for the project, "Nine over Nine."

Thursday, January 5, 2017

"Four Cam" - Memories in your Hand

I had an urge to go photograph, but the weather wasn't cooperating. It was rather rainy and windy out at the time. So, I decided I needed to stop by a friends race shop, to check out what was on the burner. There it was, sitting in the corner half covered with a tarp, a "Four Cam." I blew the dust away and pulled back the cover. My first impression was the age old texture that was looking at me, not the milled out new stuff you see today. On closer inspection the time required to safety wire, as to say, "you'll finish the race," but then it sank many races had this seen? A lifetime, I'm sure since the day it left the factory. If one could only hold those memories in your hand...

The image on top can be printed on aluminum as a double float. The same as the two images on the bottom example. The image sizes available are 16 x 24 and 24 x 36. Also the double float of custom aluminum adds 4" to those dimensions. They come signed and numbered with hangers on the back ready to be put up and enjoyed. I'm starting off the New Year with a special sale price on both sizes of this image. $995.00 for the 24 x 36 and $695.00 for the 16 x 24, including shipping in the US.

Metal Float Print

Friday, December 30, 2016

Rocketing Ahead...

Happy New Year!

It's that time of year to set our site on what's coming up. Well, I'll be showing at numerous shows this year; Porsche Lit Meet, Art Walk in Little Italy, monthly shows at Monique's gallery, and of course during Monterey Car Week. If you want to keep up to date on any of these as well as others, please check my "Shows and Exhibits" page on my photo site.

So here's to wishing you all the best for this coming year! Have fun, keep safe, and hopefully we'll see each other during the year!

This is "Atom" seen here.