Sunday, April 02, 2006

Autumn calves


This to me is the sound of Autumn. I wake every morning to the sound of calves bellowing, waiting to be fed. We live on a dairy farm milking about 400 cows so in late March, April and May this is what comes from the yards below the house. They are almost impossible to sketch as the minute I appear they all crowd around saying, food food! So I walked down to the paddock to take some photos. These are the first that are out in the paddock having been taught to feed from a teat they then move in to the larger paddock with a shelter, hay and their milk feeders. They have dreadful legs to draw the expression calf knee's in horses is a very derogatary one! Also foreshortening is the word for trying to draw their active little bodies. These will grow up to be very good milking cows.

3 comments:

starr said...

I hope this doesn't post twice - I'm new at this! anyway, I think you have captured these calves so well in their "gawki=ness". they really are all legs at this stage, aren't they? And how you'd have time when you are coming at them with the feed bucket is a mystery!!

I did love your car as well - and you were smart to remove it from the clutches of newly-driving teenagers!!

I look forward to more of your drawings!

Tami said...

These are cute, I had a couple of calves trying to persuade me to draw them the other day, I told them I would have to wait until I had more time. I have to get a little braver too...

AnastasiaC said...

Very cute illo - must be great to wake upto the sound of animals instead of honking cars!