The back two birds are softer and as I move into these closer birds, the details are sharper. These latest two birds set the palette for the colors in shadow. I want the blue to be noticeable but not so bright that it distracts from the main bird.
This "shadow" blue was tricky. I ended up mixing a lot of my blues, ultramarine blue, cerulean blue, cobalt blue, manganese blue, and Sevres blue to find just the right hue.