The Land of Moon & Venus

October's Sketchbook October 24, 2016 13:42

Nature's Mood Board. Shades of Splendor. Essential Tee. 

FEELING COLOR - THE ARTIST BY THE SEA June 29, 2016 12:09 2 Comments

Monique Santander-Gruen is a Chilean-American artist and a freshly-minted resident of Solana Beach, Ca.

Born and raised in Santiago, Chile, Monique moved to NYC to pursue her calling in the arts. When you chat with her now, she would quietly confess that she is still a New Yorker at heart, but her newly formed bond with the Pacific Ocean and her new home fills her with a deep sense of awe, inspiration and gratitude.

While being a sophisticated traveller, comfortable in the shoes of a global trotter, Monique uses her artistic path to break free herself from defined realities. Liberated, she embarks on a journey into the mysteries of the inner worlds, daring us to come along.

Her abstract landscapes are a spontaneous celebration of color, form and movement. In a complex attempt to unify and disentangle order and chaos, her released passion roams freely and deliberately through the peaks and valleys of a rhythmic expression. Unrestricted emotions give a fluid and distinct voice to a palette, tapped into euphoric energy of a spiraling trance.

How can we resist such invitation? Courageously, we take a plunge!

THE STORY OF THE GOLDEN EGG March 29, 2016 14:34


The journey through creative process where a conceptual idea is transformed into a tangible physical reality is an opportunity to experience magic in action. Creating things with your hands within a virtual universe of the development process is the pathway to its artistic origins.

Once I was rewarded with a sumptuous rooftop garden in the middle of Manhattan. I eagerly immersed my hands into the dirt. The process of gardening was a constant reminder of many treasures, dug from the giving, infinitely abundant Earth. Impatient to see the fruits of my labors, I reengaged the artisan within me and the "BACK TO EARTH" jewelry series was born.
My Golden Egg pendant has risen from the fragmented childhood memory of Russian fables and reflections on the mythical Hero’s Journey applied to the daily experience.

As in any myth or fairy tale the Hero is initiated into the perilous journey to the distant land with the task to retrieve the Golden Egg and safely bring it back home. Supposedly, it is locked far away in the treasure chest, guarded by the most fearful forces imaginable. The Hero overcomes tremendous odds in its pursuit and ultimately is victorious.

The Golden Egg is a subtle reminder of our own transformational journeys. We are all Heroes in our personal fairy tale and after all there is nothing to seek or search for - the Golden Egg is in our core.