Finally, my hornbill is finished! It's actually been done for a few weeks now, but I just picked it up from the place that scans my work today. When I went there this morning, an older couple was there just prior to me picking up their work. The outspoken wife of the artist turned around and asked me if I was the one that did that "big, ugly bird". Some rather nasty comebacks ran through my head, but I kept them to myself. I just responded with a yes, knowing she was referring to the hornbill. When the couple left, she walked by me and said, "It's sure an ugly bird...but it is beautifully painted." Well, I do understand that this bird isn't considered attractive to most people. I however, do find beauty in creatures such as the hornbill. I got lost in the wonderful details of this bird...from the furrows in its skin, the gnarled textures of its beak, and of course the eye and those lovely long lashes! At the large size I painted it, it was almost like painting terrain in a landscape. It was my hope that painting the hornbill as large as I did would make viewers take notice of this bird that I do find interesting and yes...beautiful.