This painting was something of an undertaking for me. I wanted to paint something vibrant and active and when I stumbled upon a photo of one of these Cobalt-Winged Parakeets, I knew they were just the subject. This is a very common species all around South America and you can probably guess where the name comes from. Funny thing is, the color on my palette called “cobalt blue” wasn’t quite the right hue – french ultramarine was. So maybe I’ll call these guys the French Ultramarine-Winged Parakeets!