What type of piece is this? Painting Share a little about the materials, processes and techniques used to create this piece. Acrylic paint on large canvas, 30" x 40". I rarely paint what is in front of me, I prefer to take an inspiration and combine it with my imagination to be presented in a way that hopefully expresses a feeling. In this particular piece, I have attempted to express the joy and vibrancy of Spring along with a feeling of renewal. I am not a trained artist, so my techniques are mostly trial and error. For this piece, I studied many photographs of poppies, paying special attention to the folds of the petals, noting the way the light played off of them. I started with a very rough sketch of the flowers and then began to paint. This is not an attempt at realism, but hopefully there is enough of a nod to what a poppy actually looks like that the subject is recognizable. Although I have a great appreciation for realism and the talented artists who excel in it, the process is not something I find enjoyable. Part of the fun for me is not knowing ahead of time what a painting will become until it shows up on my canvas. I most enjoy painting when the finished product is unpredictable, even to me. Is the piece for sale? Yes Name of website or online shop Original Art by Mary Anne Strachota Link to website or online shop www.facebook.com/OriginalartbyMAS?ref=br_rs What advice would you give someone starting this project? Take risks! I was a little afraid to splatter the painting as I was happy with the way the poppies had turned out, but in the end, did what I felt would add life to the work as a whole.