Juvenile variegated fairy-wrens card by Laura Grogan

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Juvenile variegated fairy-wrens card by 

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

This pair were constantly together, still freshly fledged and finding their wings. They flitted around the forest together, often coming to rest beside each other and preening. Here they were leaning together to sunbathe and preen. I saw them a couple of weeks later and they had much of their adult plumage, though patchily feathered… and still hanging together.


Work in progress:
Two layers of masking fluid were laid, glazing washes in between

When the masking fluid was removed, the wrens were detailed, starting with the eyes and face

Shadows were added to the birds, first as indistinct pale washes, then in detail

Once the wrens were largely done, washes and detail were added to the foreground leaves and branches

Tying the wrens to their environment, a final shadow wash was added, in similar tone to the background leaves on the top right

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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  • AngieDavies
    AngieDaviesover 2 years ago

    Adorable image, lovely work!

  • sure2010
    sure2010over 2 years ago
  • eoconnor
    eoconnorover 2 years ago


  • Chazagirl
    Chazagirlover 2 years ago

    This is quit lovely! Very rich in detail. Stunning art!

  • polly470
    polly470over 2 years ago


  • Elaine Bawden
    Elaine Bawdenover 2 years ago

    ♥ LOVELY ♥

  • Wendi Donaldson
    Wendi Donaldsonover 2 years ago

    Such incredible delicate work!! :)

  • Ingz
    Ingzover 2 years ago

    so beautiful Laura xx

  • CarolM
    CarolMover 2 years ago

    This is a very beautiful image Laura. Elegant. Love it.

  • DottieDees
    DottieDeesover 2 years ago

    This is amazing work!!

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