“Secret Narratives”

Announcing my 2010 solo exhibit at Wally Workman Gallery, Austin, Texas

“Secret Narratives”

May 1 – 29, 2010
Opening Reception: Saturday, May 1, 6-8 pm

Paintings, like plays, require audiences to complete them. The painter sets the stage and dresses the characters. In return, each audience member deciphers a different story in the embedded and implied meanings. Good paintings do not merely serve as mirrors to external worlds. They open doors into secret interior realms. I do not know who these children, soldiers, acrobats, and mysterious ladies are with their attendant menagerie. I only know that they are the cast of characters captured in the midst of a scene in an obscure play. The viewer interrupts, but the interruption is not unwelcome. With silent stares and quiet gestures, they issue invitations to witness their tales. The clown Pierrot reaches out to the innocent fool in all of us. Winged creatures and personages elevate the misfit into a marvelous thing. Soldiers revel in a peaceful idyll while little girls bust clouds and chase storms. What does it all mean? I do not know for they are all players in secret narratives.

A tiny preview (works not yet available for sale… contact Wally Workman for details)

The Sidekick
Young Woman with Wings
The Evening Walk

“A Grand Affair” 2010

Girl in White
"Girl in White" ©2009 Fatima Ronquillo SOLD

To kickstart the New Year, Wally Workman, as she has in previous years, is presenting a group show of gallery artists “A Grand Affair” where all works in the show are $1000 or under. I have a new piece included in the show called “Girl in White” in the show which is a lovely girl enveloped in gray and white. The show runs from January 9 – 30, 2010 with a reception on Saturday Jan.9, 6-8pm.

I wish everyone a new year brimming with peace, love and prosperity. Thank you for a great 2009 and all the new year’s wishes.

Delicious: Peaches, Sows, Julie&Julia


Winter is my busy creative season – not much else to do when it’s so cold outside. As result, I haven’t been posting much. But now I have some miscellaneous updates. I am working on some gouache experiments (more on those later). Shipped out new paintings to Park City (more on that later too). Then got my haircut which I should do more often because I came home to unexpected news. One is a heads up from Google alert that Edible Austin’s Winter 2009 issue features “Peaches” painting in an editorial “Edible Pocketbook: The Myth of More” by Helen Cordes. I hope it’s in the hardcopy of the magazine as well.

The other big news is from Wally Workman letting me know that “Crowning the Grand Sow” has sold. I particularly love this painting not only for its mysterious allegorical imagery (it gives me a warm fuzzy) but also because I’ve fiddled with it for a year. I chronicled its creation in this painting demo post.

Crowning the Grand Sow

Other miscellaneous and edible stuff: This past weekend I watched the movie Julie & Julia with Meryl Streep as Julia Childs and Amy Adams as writer/blogger Julie Powell. Loved it. It speaks to my obsessive self, of learning a craft and creating for sheer love or compulsion. Katha Pollitt’s review of it is so right on:

What I loved most of all, though, was that Julie & Julia is that very rare thing, a movie centered on adult women, and that even rarer thing, a movie about women’s struggle to express their gifts through work. Not a boyfriend, a fabulous wedding, a baby, a gay best friend, a better marriage, escape from a serial killer, the perfect work-family balance, another baby. Real life is full of women for whom work is at the center, who crave creative challenge, who are miserable until they find a way to make a mark on the world. But in the movies, women with big ambitions tend to be Prada-wearing devils or uptight thirtysomethings who relax when they find a slacker boyfriend or inherit an adorable orphan. Among recent films, Seraphine, Martin Provost’s biopic about an early-twentieth-century French cleaning woman and self-taught painter, is practically unique in its curiosity about a woman’s creative drive. More usually, a woman’s cinematic function is to forward, thwart, complicate or decorate the story of a man. As Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s elusive girlfriend in (500) Days of Summer, Zooey Deschanel has all the external trappings of individuality–aloofness, a sly smile, vintage clothes and indie tastes–but she has no more inner life than Petrarch’s Laura. She’s there to break the hero’s heart and rekindle his ambitions. What will she become? Someone else’s wife. – Katha Pollitt, The Female Gourmet

BTW, I did almost enroll at Le Cordon Bleu back when I thought I had better find a backup plan in case painting didn’t pan out. Luckily I had a husband who told me I painted better than I cooked.

Group Show: “FEAST”

"Peaches" ©2009 Fatima Ronquillo

I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving. The feasting continues as I am featured in a group show called “Feast” at Wally Workman in Austin, Texas. I sent two paintings for inclusion and “Cherry Picker” sold immediately. “Peaches” is still available. Please go see the opening, or better yet join them for dinner, if in Austin. It promises to be a fine kick start to the holiday season.

Cherry Picker
"Cherry Picker" ©2009 Fatima Ronquillo

Group Show: FEAST at Wally Workman Gallery, Austin, TX

December 5 – December 24, 2009

Opening Reception Saturday, December 5th 6-8pm
Preview on First Thursday, December 3rd 6-8pm

FINE FOOD ART NIGHT Thursday, December 10th 6-8pm
Join Wally Workman Gallery and Edible Austin for this evening of fine food and fine art. Food tastings will be provided by the Austin chapter of Les Dames de Escoffier and local catering companies will be creating their culinary interpretations of pieces from the show. A portion of the proceeds will go to Urban Roots, a youth development program that uses sustainable agriculture as a means to transform the lives of young people and to increase the access of healthy food in Austin.