I had fun with this value study using a limited palette of ultramarine blue, burnt sienna and titanium white. When you add more burnt sienna the grey mixture gets warmer, if you add more ultramarine it gets cooler. A lovely way to forget color and focus on shape, value and edges, probable the most important parts in a painting.
When I was a little boy (long long looong ago) there was a great book in our local library from a Dutch artist with drawings of cattle. I've recently searched if I could find it but no success. I can't remember the name of the artist which doesn't help. On the cover there was a drawing of a cow in a similar pose to the one below. If anyone reading this know which book it is please let me know.
|'Cow study', Oil on masonite,
15x20cm (6x8) © 2010, Erik van Elven, NFS