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Ink and watercolour
190mm x 190mm
by Shannon Dwyer


Certificate of Authenticity information:

‘Laughin’ was created using a traditional nib dip pen and ink, along with professional-grade watercolours executed on 425gsm 100% cotton rag watercolour paper. This original artwork includes the ‘Shannon Dwyer Originalembossment and hand-penned signature validating it as an original artwork of Shannon Dwyer.

Kookaburras are the most ‘paintable’ bird! They ooze character and are such an iconic symbol (and sound) of Australia. Shannon is more than a little obsessed and could happily paint them every day and never tire of them! So much personality and spunk! 

The Laughing Kookaburra (aka, ‘bushman’s alarm clock’ or ‘the laughing jackass’) is native to eastern Australia, with introduced populations in Tasmania, Flinders Island, Kangaroo Island and New Zealand. Its name comes from the traditional, Pama-Nyungan language of Aboriginal Wiradjuri people, ‘guuguubarra’. It is the largest member of the kingfisher family in the world, however, its diet is more like a bird of prey – exploiting a variety of food sources (not just bodies of water like other kingfishers), including rodents, insects, reptiles, birds and snakes (up to 1m long)! They grab them behind the head and smack them on the ground, sometimes dropping them from midair for tenderizing! Parents often give their chicks small snakes for practice. They may be skilled hunters but kookaburras still have to worry about becoming the meal of large owls, eagles, hawks and falcons (and predators such as introduced foxes and cats). Its famous ‘laugh’ can be heard at any time of the day but is most often at dawn and dusk, to signal their territory to other birds. According to one indigenous Australian legend, the laughing kookaburra’s song is a signal for the sky people to light the sun each morning. They live in almost any area with trees big enough to contain their nests and open patches with sufficient hunting areas. Laughing kookaburras are a common sight in suburban gardens and urban settings, even in built-up areas, and are so tame that they will often eat out of a person’s hands, and allow them to rub their bellies. It is not uncommon for kookaburras to snatch food out of people’s hands (or BBQ) without warning, by swooping in from a distance.  They live in families, with siblings remaining in the family untill they are old enough to look after themselves, also acting as helpers during the breeding season. Kookaburras stay with their mate for life and will use the same nest hole in a tree trunk or arboreal termite nest year after year. Conservation Status: Least Concern.


*Artwork price includes signed original artwork, Certificate of Authenticity and free delivery within Australia*

Artwork is unframed so you don’t pay unnecessary freight costs and will be able to choose the frame of your liking.
This piece will be delivered in a large reinforced postage tube, rolled securely in (and protected by) acid-free tissue paper.


Framing tips and suggestions:
This piece is best ‘float-mounted’ and framed behind glass.
‘Float-mounting’ allows the paper to have a bit of ‘freedom’ which watercolour paper often needs as its rarely perfectly ‘flat’. By ‘mounting’ the artwork, it showcases the raw edges of the watercolour paper and subtle wave of the paper to enhance the the fact that its an original artwork with delicious ‘imperfections’.


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