I spotted this cow and calf during a painting event in the midwest. They were a sweet pair and the calf was definitely being sheltered by its mother. It was a moment I wanted to capture. I painted this on a wood grained panel that had been treated with a clear gesso. I loved the look of the wood grain and decided to leave a portion of the painting unfinished to save some of the beautiful background.
I liked this look and may try to do this again in other paintings.