The Watchers (all the versions)

The Watchers
2021, 14-plate color lithograph, edition 50
paper size: 28 3/4″ x 20 1/4″ image size: 26″ x 17 1/4″
collaboration between artist Fatima Ronquillo and staff of Landfall Press/Blackrock Editions during March 2020 through March 2021
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It has taken a year to complete “The Watchers” lithograph print. I began working on the print in March 2020 at the beginning of the pandemic. In 2020 we released a monochrome gray print and now a year later Blackrock Editions and I are very happy to present the 14-color lithograph version. I adore the bright color palette of New Mexican turquoise and coral. The giant limestone on which I drew the image has now been retired, canceled and ground down afresh.

I never thought that a lockdown could have its advantages. In this case, it gave us time and opportunity to explore a side of lithography we never had the chance to do before. After completion of the small monochromatic edition of Fatima’s “The Watchers”, we began to ponder an approach to a color version and since Fatima’s painting style echoes the neo-classicism of a hundred plus years ago we reasoned a similar lithographic rendition would be appropriate. Jack (Lemon) has long been a fan of the Jules Cheret lithographs of 19th century Paris and suggested we follow a similar manner of working. The result is a 14 color lithograph not only in homage to old Jules but printed on the same kind of machine that would have been [in] use back then, our c. 1870 Marinoni Voirin Press. I feel the resulting print was a huge success with overlays and a saturation seldom seen in contemporary prints. It’s really a print to let the eye linger on.

~ Steve Campbell, Blackrock Editions, read more here
The Watchers
2020, 4-color lithograph, edition of 14
paper size: 30×22 inches / image size: 26×17 inches
Collaboration between artist Fatima Ronquillo and staff of Landfall Press/Blackrock Editions during March-October 2020
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The Watchers
2020, oil on aluminum panel, 14×11 inches
Meyer Gallery Santa Fe

Unusually, I created the oil painting “The Watchers” after working on the print. I felt a deep connection to the subject matter and wanted to keep exploring it. The idea was born from my interest with 19th Century naturalist art and illustrations. In these works by artists such as Audubon, I found a fascination with the artist’s impetus to discover, catalog and illustrate the flora and fauna of the natural world. In the present time, with so many animals and plants becoming endangered and extinct, the desire is to preserve and protect. The black-footed ferrets in “The Watchers” have a precarious story. They were once thought to have become extinct in the 1970s. Miraculously, a tiny population was rediscovered in Wyoming after a rancher’s dog brought home a dead ferret. Through conservation efforts there are now about 700 black-footed ferrets. Their story is an inspiring tale of tenacity and hope, for in this case a species was rediscovered from extinction. In “The Watchers” the figure and ferrets are on their watch, ever vigilant for unknown dangers and glimmers of opportunity. 

Orpheus and Euridyce

These paintings were inspired by the story of Orpheus and Euridyce in Ovid’s Metamorphoses and by Gluck’s opera Orfeo ed Euridice. Eurydice gets bitten by a snake and dies on her wedding day. Orpheus, inconsolable with grief, gains admittance to the underworld and his beautiful lyre music and singing of his grief persuades Hades to let him guide Eurydice back into the living. The condition is that she must follow behind him and he must not look back at her. When he sees the light, he looks back at her too soon as she is still standing in the underworld. She is immediately pulled back into the land of the dead forever. In the opera, Euridice pleads with Orfeo to look back at her and he is unable to resist. When she is returned to the underworld, he wishes to kill himself to be with her. Amore (Love/Cupid) stops him and as a reward for his undying love, returns Euridice back to life and reunites the lovers. Obviously I much prefer the happier ending in the opera version. 

Orpheus
10×8 inches, oil on panel ©2021 Fatima Ronquillo
Meyer Gallery Santa Fe
Che farò senza Euridice		What will I do without Euridice
Dove andrò senza il mio ben.	Where will I go without my wonderul one.
Euridice, o Dio, risponde	Euridice, oh God, answer
Io son pure il tuo fedele.	I am entirely your loyal one.
Euridice! Ah, non m´avvanza	Euridice! Ah, it doesn´t give me
più socorso, più speranza	any help, any hope
ne dal mondo, ne dal cel.	neither this world, neither heaven.

~ Orfeo's aria in Gluck's opera "Orfeo ed Euridice"
Euridyce
10×8 inches, oil on panel ©2021 Fatima Ronquillo
Meyer Gallery Santa Fe

Solitude, heartsease and victory

New paintings are now available at Meyer Gallery, Park City. I started these late last year in the winter when I was dreaming of springtime and of brighter days ahead. Like many others, I found great comfort through walks in nature, contemplating the beauty of the landscape. “Heartsease” is a poem by Christina Rossetti which is simply about love and the symbolism of flowers. Heartsease is a much lovelier name for the pansy flower don’t you think? The painting “A Victorious Girl” represents my hopefulness and faith in overcoming adversity.

Masked Girl in a Landscape
©2021 Fatima Ronquillo, 10×8 inches, oil on panel
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Hand with Christina Rossetti’s “Heartsease”
©2021 Fatima Ronquillo, 10×10 inches, oil on panel
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Heartsease in my garden bed,
With sweetwilliam white and red,
Honeysuckle on my wall:
Heartsease blossoms in my heart
When sweet William comes to call,
But it withers when we part,
And the honey-trumpets fall.

Christina Rossetti 1830-1894
A Victorious Girl
©2021 Fatima Ronquillo, 12×9 inches, oil on panel
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“Together” solo show opens tonight! Meyer Gallery Facebook Live at 4pm

“Together” – a solo exhibition of new works – opens tonight at the Meyer Gallery in Santa Fe. There is a limited reception at the gallery to keep everyone safe from 5-7pm. I unfortunately am not attending in person but will be in conversation on Facebook Live at 4pm. To watch the event, please go to the Meyer Gallery’s Facebook page here.

New paintings of flora, fauna, love and loss

I am pleased to present three new paintings which will be included in my upcoming solo show in Santa Fe on December 4. Please contact the Meyer Gallery for availability and purchase inquiries at email: meyersfnm@aol.com or via phone at 800-779-7387 or 505-983-1434

In creating this series of work, I found myself drawn to twisting florals and vines as if being cocooned by nature. All through the spring and summer, I have found solace and comfort through walking in nature, appreciating the wildflowers and birds inhabiting this beautiful New Mexico landscape. This fall is especially beautiful, the Aspens gilding the mountains with their golden leaves. I return to the recurring theme of Flora and Fauna to explore our relationship with Nature and that of Love and Loss because it is a time of strengthening our relationships with each other and a time of grief and hope.

Beloved,
In what other lives or lands
Have I known your lips
Your Hands
Your Laughter brave
Irreverent.
Those sweet excesses that
I do adore.
What surety is there
That we will meet again,
On other worlds some
Future time undated.
I defy my body’s haste.
Without the promise
Of one more sweet encounter
I will not deign to die.

~ REFUSAL by Maya Angelou

Refusal: Hand with Maya Angelou
2020, oil on panel, 7×5 inches


Clasped Hands with Hummingbirds and Passiflora
2020, oil on panel, 12×12 inches
The Watchers
2020, oil on panel, 20×16 inches