View Full Version : Gotta love those glazes

Helen Zapata
07-14-2007, 09:22 PM
Hi guys, I thought I'd pop on by and share another one of the koi paintings I've been engrossed in lately. I had a hard time stopping on this one.. just having too much fun laying in glazes on those fishies. :cat:

Wings In the Water
24x30 Acrylic on canvas


07-14-2007, 09:39 PM
Helen, what beautiful colors. I like the design and the sense of movement of these colorful fish. What brand of paints do you use?

Thanks for sharing.


Bob Rooney
07-14-2007, 10:07 PM
Beautiful Helen. Nothing gives the transluscence better than glazing. I hate doing it because it is so time consuming, but the results make it worthwhile, just as it did here.

Lady Carol
07-14-2007, 10:32 PM
Very beautiful work. Love the composition

07-14-2007, 10:51 PM
This is gorgeous!!

07-14-2007, 10:58 PM

07-14-2007, 11:18 PM
very lovely work, worth all the time and effort involved.

07-14-2007, 11:25 PM
That is truly amazing!

07-14-2007, 11:25 PM
They're beautiful! Excellent glazes, wonderful, subtle shadows.

Helen Zapata
07-15-2007, 12:51 AM
Thanks everybody! I'm so glad you like it. I agree with you Bob, nothing gives quite the same translucence as glazing. I love to do it in oils too, but it is such a slow process waiting for those oil layers to dry. Much quicker in acrylics!

Beverly, I mostly use the inexpensive Nova Colors. You can find them at www.novacolorpaints.com. The prices really can't be beat. And if you don't mind a thinner acrylic, then they are terrific. I pour them into squeeze bottles and since I either thin them drastically for glazing, or I use them "as is" for more alla prima work, they work out great for me.

Thanks again everybody! :)

07-15-2007, 12:56 AM
Helen, This is fantastic!! Wonderful composition!

07-15-2007, 03:17 AM
That's a beautiful piece. I love the way you handled the background in particular.

07-15-2007, 08:24 AM
Awesome painting..:clap:

07-15-2007, 09:33 AM
Well done...well worth the time and effort of those glazes!

07-15-2007, 09:42 AM
I love this one, it is so colorful, they look so real I can almost see them move. Jan

07-15-2007, 12:34 PM
These are absolutely beautiful!

Helen Zapata
07-15-2007, 01:17 PM
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/30-May-2004/13900-taadaathankyou.gif Thank you all so much!


07-15-2007, 01:21 PM
Lovely and excellent.

Charlie's Mum
07-15-2007, 01:35 PM
Such beauties Helen - very nice indeed :D
Did you do an underpainting first - as in grissaille or other colour?

Helen Zapata
07-15-2007, 02:53 PM
Oh nothing that formal, Maureen. What I do with these is...

First I smash around a good texture base (using a knife and my hands). After a lot of experimenting, I've found that Nova's Molding Paste suits me perfectly for this. (however, this particular painting was a little smoother than I've been doing).

Then I start flooding the background in... playing in wet washes of Trans Yellow Oxide, and then adding other colors into the wet (like Trans Red Oxide, Ultra Blue, Hookers green, etc) and letting them move around and hopefully start creating rock shapes. Mostly working from light to dark. This one was a little calmer, but often I'm pouring the paint on, and throwing it with my brush, and scribbling with my fingers... just whatever I can do to get a lively colorful background.

Then I quickly sketch out my fishies. I paint them a flat white (so I can see them against the rocks). Then I start glazing in the shadows and shape the fish, and eventually the patterns. I seem to move back and forth between whites and shadows until I get it right. In the shadow areas of the white parts of the koi, I'm doing glazes of trans red oxide, ultra blue, hookers green, trans yellow oxide, perhaps a cerulean blue, and so on. I just keep glazing them until it looks right. I've never been big on doing a grissaille layer first. Did that back in art school and it seemed like a waste of time to me. I like to get right to the color! :D

I'm enjoying glazing the jewel tones over eachother so much. Each layer is a new adventure. hee.


Charlie's Mum
07-15-2007, 04:06 PM
Helen, thanks for the very comprehensive explanation!
So really, it's almost a 'pour' and most times, very wet! :D
Must try that! :thumbsup:

07-15-2007, 04:24 PM
:clap: :clap: :clap: Wonderful!!

mrs willow
07-15-2007, 07:21 PM
Really great work Helen ...your work is very inspiring :thumbsup: :thumbsup:Thanks too for the detailed explanation...also inspiring and a pleasant change from the grisaille method.:wave:

07-15-2007, 07:56 PM
Your methods sound crazy, but the result is beautiful! :)

08-09-2007, 08:52 PM
Beautiful painting!

08-09-2007, 09:50 PM
This is stunning. Great work!

08-09-2007, 10:03 PM
absolutly gorgeous

08-09-2007, 10:29 PM
Wonderful painting, love it...everything is wonderful, but I really like all the colors.

08-10-2007, 06:29 AM
WoW! Amazing painting! It has the appearance to me of oils - so well done! Thank you so much too for sharing your method. It sounds fun and the effects you achieved are awesome! :clap: :clap: :clap:


08-10-2007, 11:37 AM
Beautiful painting and colours. They are so real. I think I will have to try glazing.

Helen Zapata
08-10-2007, 02:21 PM
Ohmygosh.. thank you everybody! Such a nice bunch of comments to come in and see this morning. :) Thank you!

I'm about to order some Derwent Inktense watercolor pencils that I want to add to these koi paintings. I think it will be fun to scrabble around in the wet paint with the pencils and they should work well with the acrylics, I would think! I just came over here to do some searches and see if anyone had any experience with those pencils.. so I'm off to Search!

Thanks again for all the lovies! :heart: :)

eliza ollin
08-10-2007, 02:49 PM
I love this too, glazing is awesome! And thanks so much for sharing your method--I'd love to see a WIP of one sometime!

08-10-2007, 03:04 PM
I love Koi! Beautiful painting!