I was on vacation and the light in this one area was so bright I looked around for someone to ask to pose for me. This gentleman agreed and I took several photos that I used as references for this painting. I also have a step by step progress of the painting in photos on YouTube. Painting his skin smoothly with all the shadows and color changes was a challenge in watercolor. Having a clothed model makes it easier because you have a place to stop the washes. I am very happy with the "realness."  

- Kathleen Giles

Man With the Yellow Cup

Watercolor painting on paper

Ready to frame

Signed on front

25.5" h x 22" w 
0 lbs. 10 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.”