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.
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.