My best friend Jeannie is planning to make a shrine on her patio to house the statue. I've never painted w/acrylics b/f, except for the statue CALAM gave me, so did a terrible job on trying to shade/shadow parts of the statue. I used to paint in oils, but I didn't realize until I'd nearly finished that there is a blending medium for acrylics. Was too late and I was already sick of this piece. Regardless - she and DH Bill loved it. Reason I painted it was 1- she tosses my way plants from her garden when she thins, and 2 - she would never have had time - she works in a nursery, then goes home and gardens until dark EVERY evening, and all day on her day off - totally addicted. She's trying to find a stopping place so she can build her little village and the shrine. She's made two huge garden planters and two cone-shaped ones w/the Riana technique. She's a speed demon.