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Plumed Whistling Ducks card by Laura Grogan

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WN watercolour on 300g smooth hot pressed Arches 100% cotton rag watercolour paper. Original 280×200mm.

Plumed Whistling Ducks are commonly found near water, however unlike many ducks they feed by cropping grass on land. I’ve been fortunate to regularly encounter flocks in the wild throughout Queensland.

This painting was commissioned for a colleague who studies the ecology and epidemiology of these ducks in the field.

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Work in progress: ducks were fully masked, and ground was masked and washed alternately in roughly six layers, building the depth of wash. Ducks were later painted individually, with multiple layers of pale washes, alternating with fine brushstrokes. Foreground was toned down and shadows were added.

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plumed whistling ducks, ducks, wildlife, watercolour, australia, bird

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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  • MoniqueGeurts
    MoniqueGeurtsabout 3 years ago

    very beautiful watercolour!!

  • Thanks so much Monique!

    – Laura Grogan

  • BLYTHART
    BLYTHARTabout 3 years ago

    This has a three-dimensional photographic quality to it, but with an atmosphere that couldn’t be achieved with a camera – beautiful work.

  • Thanks Blythart! The ‘atmosphere’ was actually an accident. I bought a new mop brush, but it mustn’t have been great quality as it’s bristles were dyed black with blue dye, and left faint blue over the whole background! :)

    – Laura Grogan

  • AngieDavies
    AngieDaviesabout 3 years ago

    Beautifully rendered watercolor! Lovely light and subdued color!

  • Thanks Angie! :)

    – Laura Grogan

  • Conoro
    Conoroabout 3 years ago

    This is really gorgeous Laura, what are you working on now?

  • Thanks Constance! Actually, had to have a bit of a break from art for a few weeks because of the PhD… now I’m starting a pic of mandarin ducks as a wedding gift for my brother and his fiancee.

    – Laura Grogan

  • JohnMWright
    JohnMWrightalmost 3 years ago

    Beautifully done. The poses and expressions are so accurate and realistic, it is easy to forget you painted this!

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