Forest kingfisher (Todiramphus macleayii) by Laura Grogan

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Black ink and WN watercolour on 300g smooth hot pressed Arches 100% cotton rag watercolour paper. Original 280×220mm.

The agility and strength of these little birds is amazing. Somehow he was still able to fly with a singing cicada the same length as him in his beak.

Work in progress:
Foreground branches and bird were masked, followed by a wash with chromium oxide green and prussian blue. I used wet in wet to get a mottled effect with this wash. Background branches were masked, followed by a second plain wash with prussian blue. Masking fluid removed and details added to bird and branches.

Many thanks to my wonderful mother for her infallible advice on how to tie the bird to its environment. Also thanks to J. Walker for her suggestions regarding the correct use of masking fluid to avoid surface residues.

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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  • vian
    vianabout 4 years ago

    beautiful work

  • Thank you Vian!

    – Laura Grogan

  • artemiy108
    artemiy108about 4 years ago


  • Thanks!

    – Laura Grogan

  • Donata Zawadzka
    Donata Zawadzkaalmost 4 years ago

    magnificent watercolor so detailed, how you are do this? I’m green with envy ;)

  • Thanks Donata. I’ve put in a work in progress image and description on the side.

    – Laura Grogan

  • Anita Inverarity
    Anita Inverarityalmost 4 years ago

    Beautiful work and style- love it xx

  • Thanks Anita!

    – Laura Grogan

  • Ellen Keagy
    Ellen Keagyalmost 4 years ago

    Yes, fantastic job of working this painting! I love your style, negative shapes, muted except for the bird! A instant Fave of mine!

  • Thanks so much Ellen!

    – Laura Grogan

  • vasenoir
    vasenoiralmost 4 years ago

    So delicate as usual and very beautiful Laura!!!.

  • Thank you vasenoir!

    – Laura Grogan

  • Kay Hale
    Kay Halealmost 4 years ago

    amazing it

  • Thanks Kay!

    – Laura Grogan

  • Arie van der Wijst
    Arie van der W...almost 4 years ago

    This is so beautiful Laura! Love the composition and the colours are just fabulous! And your technique, I think is brilliant.

  • Thanks so much Arie. I still have so much to learn regarding how to use watercolour – such a challenging medium! :)

    – Laura Grogan

  • Sharon Williamson
    Sharon Williamsonalmost 4 years ago

    Just beautiful!

  • Thanks Sharon!

    – Laura Grogan

  • vampvamp
    vampvampalmost 4 years ago

    wow fantastic!!!

  • Thanks Vampvamp!

    – Laura Grogan

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