Frequently Asked Questions
What is the best way to stay up to date with promotions and new artworks available?
I offer a free newsletter email, so that you don't have to miss out on any special offer and you get to know first when a new artwork is available for sale.
How long does it take to complete a painting?
This varies tremendously. I don't work directly from life, so a lot of time is spent planning a painting. I can spend a month not painting, just planning, and then complete a few paintings from start to finish during the next month or two.
Technically, the most time consuming are the Oil paintings because of the long drying times, especially if a lot of layering is needed.
Which colours do I use?
I used to use many, many premixed colours. But I have found that especially when painting landscapes, animals or people, having to mix all colours, keep my colours varied as they really are in nature.
So, now I only squeeze out the following colours for all my paintings.
- Titanium White
- Ivory Black
- Lemon Yellow
- Cadmium Red
- Prussian Blue
- Sap Green
- Yellow Ochre
- Burnt Umber
Which brand of paint do I prefer?
I have tried many brands of paints. Some are very expensive, some are very watery. So I prefer Daler Rowney's Georgian Oil paints. They are not the cheapest, but not the most expensive and they have good body and is therefor not so watery either.
Which artists have influenced me?
Alain Picard inspires me to do very realistic pastel portraits. His work is excellent, full of life and full of detail.
Thomas Kinkade, "Painter of Light" inspires me to create better landscapes, but I do love following along with Kevin Hill's instructional videos on Youtube as well.
I also enjoy watching Michael Lang paint his abstract artwork because he makes it seem so effortless. Michael Lang's videos are also on Youtube.
Are the hubble space telescope images not protected by copyright law?
Some of the images are copyright protected, but the material credited to STScI, fall under public domain unless otherwise stated. I have taken great care to only use images under public domain and even so, I do not attempt to duplicate these images exactly, but merely use them as inspiration for my Abstract Skies paintings. I do name them, where I can find a name as the galaxy is actually named by NASA, so that people can see the real thing for themselves as well.
NASA and STScI copyright pages can be seen here:
Which payment methods/gateway do I use
I use PayFast, which is for me as South African artist, the most trusted, stable and versatile online payment platform I could find. Using PayFast, you can easily and securely pay via Bitcoin, Visa, Mastercard, PayD, Instant EFT or MasterPass.