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Sacred Kingfisher by Laura Grogan
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Black ink and watercolour on 300g smooth hot pressed Arches watercolour paper. Original 140 × 180mm. This painting took about 10-15hr to do, and the bird is composed of roughly 8-10 layers of very transparent washes and fine brushstrokes – that’s the benefit of 100% cotton rag paper – the surface may be unforgiving (can’t lift colour) but it is extremely robust!

I am fortunate to regularly see these beautiful birds where I am living now in North QLD (Townsville).

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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  • Soxy Fleming
    Soxy Flemingover 4 years ago

    so fat and fluffed up, really beautiful work

  • Haha, thanks Soxy! I think it must have been a cold evening! :)

    – Laura Grogan

  • bevmorgan
    bevmorganover 4 years ago

    This is so lovely, Laura. You have captured the feathers so beautifully with your brush. He really comes to life.

  • Thanks so much Bev! I’ve been trying to expand my range to watercolours, and I think I’ve finally found a technique that I can control!! :)

    – Laura Grogan

  • JohnMWright
    JohnMWrightover 4 years ago

    Beautifully done!

  • Thanks John!

    – Laura Grogan

  • Kristina K
    Kristina Kover 4 years ago


    stunning :)) k

  • Wow, thanks so much Kristina! :)

    – Laura Grogan

  • DottieDees
    DottieDeesover 4 years ago

    Wonderful talent you have! Beautiful work!

  • Thanks Dottie! You are too kind!

    – Laura Grogan

  • rosalin
    rosalinover 4 years ago

  • Thanks Rosalin!

    – Laura Grogan

  • Aleksandra Kabakova
    Aleksandra Kab...over 4 years ago

    amazing, beautiful bird!

  • Thank you Aleksandra! :)

    – Laura Grogan

  • Sharon Williamson
    Sharon Williamsonover 4 years ago

    Just beautiful – delicately done, perfect for watercolour!

  • Thanks Sharon – I agree, he was asking to be painted! :)

    – Laura Grogan

  • bonso
    bonsoover 4 years ago

    This is just stunning. I have just viewed all your work. Fantastic

  • Thanks Bonso! I am honoured that you like my work!

    – Laura Grogan

  • Shannon Rogers
    Shannon Rogersover 4 years ago

  • Thanks Shannon! :)

    – Laura Grogan

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