• Keel Billed ToucanKeel Billed Toucan is resting upon a balancing branch which pivots gracefully around the pyramid base.
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Keel Billed Toucan with Red-Eyed Tree Frogs 2015

Of the over 9,400 species of birds found in the world today, few can match the Toucan for sheer uniqueness in form, color and personality. A playful presence and curious nature make the Family of Toucans a favorite among artists, writers and creative thinkers. The Keel Billed Toucan (also called a Sulpher breasted Toucan) is the second largest behind the familiar Toco Toucan. I was drawn to it for its intriguing coloration and size. Yes, a departure from the ferocious Raptors for which I'm known, but it's a piece I've been wanting to do, so why not!

This Toucan is resting upon a balancing branch which pivots gracefully around the pyramid base. The inclusion of the pair of Red-Eyed Tree frogs offered a splash of balance in terms of coloration and something called a repetition of theme. Look at the triangle shapes of the upper frog's front legs, the triangular shapes along the sides of the beak, and of course the pyramid shape of the green Maple base—Sculpture in its truest sense.