Monday, October 16, 2017

Barrett-Jackson Las Vegas

You know how you think...some day I'm going to do that. Well, ever since the Barrett-Jackson Auction in Vegas has popped up on my radar, I thought, "That would be a fun show to do!"  So, this is the year, October 19 - 21.

I"ll have my photography in a 10x20 foot booth in the vendor area with all the other guys selling their goods. If you're going, it's booth number 1110-1111. The vendor hours are from 8:00 am.-9:00 pm. The auction and vendor area is inside the convention center of the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, so just look for the sign, "John Straub Image Works" and stop by and say hi! Hope to see you there bidding on some treasure to take home.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Durability and Maintenance of prints on Metal

Many times at art shows I'm asked about the durability and how to take care of the prints on metal. Well, it's pretty simple. As for durability, they are about as archival as you can get. The print is actually embedded into the surface of the metal under heat and pressure. They are totally color stable, however as with any piece of fine art, I wouldn't hang them in direct sunlight. One thing to check for, if the print is larger than 14"x 14" they should come with a full metal frame on the back.

When I assemble these to my custom brushed metal backings, I use a bonding agent that is water proof and pretty much indestructible.

As for cleaning, plain rubbing alcohol for a streak-free look is the best to use, with a soft or micro-fiber cloth. That's about all there is to it guys. They'll last a lifetime with unmatched clarity and color!

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Del Mar Motors...A San Diego Connection

Being raised in San Diego, I always feel a connection to my hometown past. How many of you know San Diego had its own manufactured automobiles? Well, check this out. This one called America's lowest priced car, named the Del Mar! Who could turn down $1170 for a 4-Cylinder, 63 H.P. beast? Can you imagine going around a corner in this, the tires squealing like pigs? It was to be built at the Convair plant on Pacific Highway after World War II left the building available. It didn't last long, in fact never really made it into production, only a prototype. However, this wasn't the only car to be built in San Diego, more on that in a later post.

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Looks like a Clandestine Meeting...

If you're on Facebook you can usually find me jabbering about some new image that I posted. Many of those I shoot for myself with no intention to print. I'm just out hanging around at car events and then messing around on the computer with Lightroom and Photoshop, adding light leaks and other cool effects. This happened to be one of those images, then I got a call from one of my collectors. Dave asked if I could print one for him. Sure I said, and it will be the only copy. When we met to make the pass off, he mentioned that it just spoke to him. If you think about it, isn't that the way art should be? BTW, this was shot at the Coronado Speed Fest and was a real '73 RSR.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

You Were Rockin' It Guys!

Thank you to everyone that came by my pop-up tent last Saturday during the Porsche Club, San Diego Region Concours and adopted some art! Amazing to see so many people supporting automotive art and very humbling as well! You guys, rocked it! Some large prints on metal found new homes as well as a bunch of matted prints. Here's just a few...

Gabe Simion with "No.9"

Katie Kinninger with "Eclectic Gathering"

Joel Bowman with "Patina Queen"

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Concours on the Bay...come see me!

Hi guys, just a quick note on a "pop-up" show I'm doing with the San Diego Region of the Porsche Club of America. As one of the sponsors for the Concours on the Bay I'll have a tent with some of my prints on metal as well as matted prints available.

Here's the info on the show. Saturday, September 16, 2017. Held at Spanish Landing Park (across from the San Diego Airport) from 8:00-4:00 pm. This is one of the 16"x 24" prints that I'll have at the show. Come by and say hi!

"But Wait"... "There's More" If you mention you saw it on my blog, you'll get 10% off the 16"x 24" or the 24"x 36 prints on metal!

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Need Man Cave Art?

In my last post I mentioned I'm working with a company, Garage Graphics that will take my images and produce the perfect garage art, man cave art, or depending if your wife will give the nod, which may take some arbitration, home art. Thought I would share with you three images of my Ferrari print called "375 MM" on their 96"x 96" light table. I love the third one with a hand pointing at the water temp gauge. By the way, the hand belongs one of the tech guys, Ron doing proofing. They have a gallery of several of my images on their site, and here's the link: How can you not click?

Please take a moment to share this blog post with your friends in the car community! Thanks, guys!

Friday, September 1, 2017

New art, giant garage graphics, and more...!

New art! Yep, as I promised, I've been busy since returning from Monterey Car Week. Several new images have been loaded onto my website, and this is one. A very cool Ferrari image that still needs a name, so if you have an idea, let me know.

Also during that time I've been working with Garage Graphics to have my work produced in large printed formats. When I say large, how about eight feet high and twelve feet long for your man cave or garage! "Holy Colossal Batman!" Very cool, huh?

Garage Graphics, check them out here.

My new site images, check them out here.

Monday, August 21, 2017

Monterey Car Week 2017, another one in the Books

Thanks to all of my blog followers that attended Monterey Car Week and visited my photography show. It rocked! You guys rock! A special "thank you" to those that purchased a work of mine to take home or placed an order. Looks like I'll be busy in the near future getting prints done and shipped. Also, if you were at the gallery or Automobilia Monterey and found one you liked and didn't have the chance to get it there, email me at

It goes without saying, that I also want to thank "Gallery by the Sea Carmel" for hosting me for another year. If you're in Carmel, stop by and thank them for being one of two galleries in town that has the enthusiasm to participate in car week with automotive art.

Now I can't wait to get out and start creating some new photographic art for you guys...stay tuned.

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Join Me For "Metal Exposed"

Hi all, well one of my favorite times of the year for car events is just about upon us. You remember how excited you felt just before Christmas or Halloween, yep I know that's kind of a funny comparison, but that's how I feel about Monterey Car Week. Super jazzed! Here's the deal, if you are going, I want to invite you to my automotive photography show and artist reception. The info is all included on the flyer that I've posted here, so check it out, write it down and be there or be square! How can you say no!

Sunday, July 23, 2017

"Car's and Cocktails" Pre-Pebble Beach Celebration

Yep, the "Car's and Cocktails" Pre-Pebble Beach Celebration is coming up and you're invited. It's being held at the Rancho Santa Fe Motor Club and Storage. I'll be showing a few of my current fine art automotive works as well as debuting some new images that I've made for Monterey Car Week. By the way, this current image from my photo site is called "375 MM Spider." These Ferrari's were made in 1953 and 1954. The "375" comes from the per-cylinder displacement in the 4.5L V12 engine and the "MM" comes from the Mille Miglia. Enough of my infomercial...  
This should be a very cool event with lots of cars to check out plus music with "Live Crew" an Eric Clapton tribute band. Register at the link to gain free access to the evening. Please note, there will be a $20 ticket fee for at door registration. See you there and come by and say hi! So don't miss out!

Date: Thursday, August 3rd.

Time: 6:00pm.

Location: Rancho Santa Fe Motor Club, 3270 Corporate Vw, Unit D, San Marcos, CA, 92081

Phone: 1.760.305.8938

Free entry link:

Friday, July 14, 2017

A Smile Says It All...

I love the discovery of working on an image, automotive or otherwise and making something interesting. I also love seeing it going to art lovers who appreciate what I saw when working on the image. I did a series of these botanical prints that started out as B/W images, and then by bringing them to life by adding color to them using photoshop. This one was recently sold during on a open studio night to a blog follower. Thanks Keith and Nancy, I hope you enjoy it!

By the way, I have two different automotive events coming up where I'll be showing my art. So save these dates. The first, August 3rd evening, a Pre-Pebble Beach party being held at the Rancho Santa Fe Motor Club in Vista. Then second, August 14th-20th in Carmel, for the Monterey Car Week. The artist reception will be on Thursday, August 17th at the Gallery by the Sea Carmel. I'll be sending more info about both these in following posts. Until then, keep your foot on go peddle!