Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Mission Federal ArtWalk ...It's here!

It's here, one of the biggest and best art festivals west of the Mississippi, the Mission Federal ArtWalk in San Diego's Little Italy! A weekend of cool art, music, and just plain fun. Last year I was showing very little automotive photography, mostly other types of images. However, I did take a few auto related matted prints and they were flying out of my booth. Well this year it's all automotive, nothing but!  And hey, did I mention that Monique will have her art in a booth next to me? So, how can you miss that? Be there!

My booth is #318 at the corner of India and Cedar street, right across the street from the Burger Lounge patio. Hours, 11am to 6pm on April 29 & 30, 2017.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

"The Porsche RSR"

"The Porsche RSR" a highly worked on print with filter light leaks, reflects the wild back and forth I go  through contemplating, do I make it a perfect representation of what I captured, or something different. You never know what will trip someones trigger. This one sold off of Facebook...

By the way, if you're on FB you can connect with me, here.

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Saturday Night with Man's Best Friend....

Occasionally when the moon is just right or maybe the sun hits me a bit too hard the idea for an image comes to mind. The thought of spending some time cruising at night with man's best friend, what could be better...?

Let me introduce you to "Saturday Night." This is the first time anyone has seen this new image. It's an 16" x 24" print on metal with a double float custom metal backing framing the image ready to hang and enjoy. It's the #1 artist proof so don't miss out. Message me if you're interested in possessing, acquiring, obtaining or stealing my art. You can reach me, here.

"Saturday Night"  © John Straub

Sunday, March 26, 2017

When Men were Men... Hulme, Moss, and Surtees

Do you ever kick open the time machine door and look back? I sometimes wonder where all the years of this long road of life have gone. To me time seems to fly as we get older, at least it appears to do so. To that end, maybe years ago you had the chance to see or meet someone you looked up to as a hero, I did. I would see these ex-Formula 1 racers at Monterey during the Historic races, just a glimpse at times, then to say hi as they walked by. You ask, "Why am I writing about this?" Well, another one has left all of us behind with only memories. John Surtees passed recently joining Denny Hulme. Stirling Moss is still with us, and was racing at Laguna just a few years ago. This photo is a tribute to a time when they were together, laughing and enjoying the time off track.

As I sit here, I offer a toast to the memories and making this trip worthwhile...

Left to right: Denny Hulme, Stirling Moss and John Surtees.

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