Forest kingfisher card  (Todiramphus macleayii) by Laura Grogan

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Forest kingfisher card (Todiramphus macleayii) by 

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.

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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.

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

    fantastic work, beautiful colours, details, everything is perfect..

  • bevmorgan
    bevmorganalmost 4 years ago

    This is splendid, Laura. Such wonderful colour and detail. The branches are amazingly rendered as of course is the kingfisher.

  • aMOONy
    aMOONyalmost 4 years ago

    Gorgeous work!

  • hillart
    hillartalmost 4 years ago

    Fantastic work!!!!

  • Cal Kimola Brown
    Cal Kimola Brownalmost 4 years ago

    This is fabulous Laura.

  • © Linda Callaghan
    © Linda Callaghanalmost 4 years ago

    beautiful work Laura and enjoyed reading the steps taken to create it..just gorgeous!

  • Carol Knudsen
    Carol Knudsenalmost 4 years ago

    Brilliant work!

  • Sarah Trett
    Sarah Trettalmost 4 years ago

    Stunning work love it :)

  • Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos
    Konstantinos A...almost 4 years ago

    Great artwork, well done Laura!

  • Michelle Caitens
    Michelle Caitensover 3 years ago

    Beautiful beautiful work Laura – keep it up!

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