A few experiences in Costa Rica made me immediately declare, "I must try to paint that." Up first, a Scarlet Macaw in the dry forest. There are few natural things in the world as bright as high quality paint, but the Scarlet Macaw is one of them. Seeing one fly to a perch under a thick canopy I caught an eyeful of the most vibrant colors, electric with intensity. When direct sunlight touches them, their feathers radiate the purest expressions of red, yellow, and blue I've ever seen. This work uses that aesthetic moment to practice rendering potent colors in shadow with only few touches of the pure cadmium yellow and red and ultramarine blue to highlight the elegant form of the Macaw.