Black ink and WN watercolour on 300g smooth hot pressed Arches watercolour paper. Original size 240 × 200mm.

I photographed the reference shot for this painting in the early afternoon at Rocky Creek Dam on the edge of Whian Whian State Forest, NSW. First one frogmouth, then the other eyed me suspiciously before deciding I wasn’t a threat and going back to sleep! I suspect they were juveniles.

I’m passionate about ecology, wildlife epidemiology and environmental conservation. I hope that I can raise awareness about the conservation of biodiversity through my art and research (currently researching the devastating fungal disease, chytridiomycosis, which is threatening frogs worldwide). Help spread the word about conservation!

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  • Jenny Dean
    Jenny Deanover 4 years ago

    wonderful Laura!

  • Thanks so much Jenny!

    – Laura Grogan

  • Brian Pelkey
    Brian Pelkeyover 4 years ago

    Just love this one…so talented!

  • Thanks Brian! :)

    – Laura Grogan

  • Shelly Harris
    Shelly Harrisover 4 years ago

    Beautiful work!

  • Thank you Shelly!

    – Laura Grogan

  • Maree  Clarkson
    Maree Clarksonover 4 years ago

    This is totally stunning Laura! Beautifully done!

  • Thanks so much Maree!

    – Laura Grogan

  • Marie Magnusson
    Marie Magnussonover 4 years ago

    wow, you had time to finish it today! wonderful work Laura :-)

  • Haha, thanks Marie! Yes, thanks for your great suggestions this morning! It’s also due to my wonderful mother. I sent her the version I showed you and she suggested bringing the lichen colour into the bird shadow and vice versa – the CGI concept of ‘radiosity’!

    – Laura Grogan

  • BigCatPhotos
    BigCatPhotosover 4 years ago

    Absolutely fantastic as always. Your work is exceptional.

  • Thank you so much! You are too kind! :)

    – Laura Grogan

  • almaalice
    almaaliceover 4 years ago

    Another beautiful image, love it. Alma

  • Thanks for your lovely comment Alma!

    – Laura Grogan

  • JohnMWright
    JohnMWrightover 4 years ago

    Beautifully done! I love the expressions.

  • Thank you John! :)

    – Laura Grogan

  • David Lewins
    David Lewinsover 4 years ago

    Wonderful illustration, nicely composed and executed

  • Thanks so much David! :)

    – Laura Grogan

  • stillbeing
    stillbeingover 4 years ago

    Aww, they’re so cute! He looks grumpy for having been woken up though ;-)

  • Haha! Thanks Stillbeing! Yes, anthropomorphising I’d say he was a bit grumpy! :)

    – Laura Grogan

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