This painting was done from a picture that I took while on vacation. While the bartender made me a chocolate martini I was struck by the lights and colors of the scene. I enjoyed painting every part of this composition. I used value, color and texture to bring the viewer's focus to the shaker pouring the drink. The bottles along the upper edge were painted wet into wet while the detail of the drink shaker was painted wet on dry to convey a more realistic look.  The artwork is on watercolor paper with deckled edges and will need a frame.

- Kathleen Giles

Chocolate Martini

Watercolor painting on paper

Signed on front

22" h x 27.5" w 
0 lbs. 6 oz.



Kathleen Giles
Gasport, New York

Getting to Know Kathleen

Kathleen Giles is a self-taught watercolorist who captures figures employing a realist style that sets a high standard for a traditionally tricky medium. She has been painting professionally for over 20 years, and credits her mastery of watercolor to understanding the properties of the paints. Kathleen says she never uses black paint, and she applies underpaintings of yellow and pink for warmth. “I use a lot of yellow in my work because it adds a beautiful glow,” she says. The luminosity Kathleen creates brings each subject to life. When she’s not working on her own artworks, she also teaches workshops across the United States and co-hosts a weekly cable television show called “Watercolors with Jody and Kathy.”