Latest Project: Matilda in the Wall

Added on by Nathan Hoang.

Earlier this year, my good friend Caroline and the nice people of Houston Center for Photography invited me to share my Home series for their Travelogues show. It's been a while since I got to talk with Caroline, but she told me over she found a cat living in her walls.

As a belated thank you present for giving me my first exhibition, I decided to paint Matilda. And it just happens to be Christmastime.

Matilda in the Wall, 2014 Watercolor on paper

Matilda in the Wall, 2014
Watercolor on paper

It'd been a while since I've drawn a cat. Actually, I don't think I've drawn cats before so that was the first obstacle.

As soon as I figured out how to make my cats stop looking like wolves, I sketched it, masked it, wet the paper, and painted the background.

It's been a while since I've painted. Since July, probably, so I forgot how this process went.

A couple things went wrong. Either the paper was too wet or I applied too much masking fluid so when I tried rubbing off the mask, it ripped the paper and I had to start over again.

Once I finished, the hardest part was ripping the edges to give a torn look. Second hardest part was getting the sticker residue off the glass.