Capturing nature's grace - Eldon Peterson

This gallery is an examination of wildlife and nature depicted by various artists through various mediums while in motion. The content ranges from sculptures to paintings, and from animals to forests. I take a close look at how and why the artist conveys the concept of motion, and what elements or techniques are used to bring the art to life. 

There is a lot of activity conveyed within this sand sculpture. The artist shows the reindeer pulling a father on a sled while his family looks on below. Above him there are wolves depicted as well as a bird of prey. One of the wolves is shown with his head cocked back howling, while his companion is crouched in a playful stance. The bird above is shown with his talons raked forward as he swoops down upon unseen prey. The artist pattern of ruffled feathers gives the appearance of suspended movement.
This sketch of two fish in the ocean brings these animals to life on a 2d plane. The bottom fish is angled slightly toward the viewer giving a sense of depth to the image. The fish above is shown flying out of the water and its tail slightly askew as if used to propel the motion. This top fish is facing left yet towards the other fish, as if following while taking an aerial detour.
This artist captures motion in a black and white through black and white photography. The image of a creek running through trees is brought to life with the visible ripples upon the water’s surface. Indicating a rapid current, the waters reflection is distorted by these waves as it passes under the photo. The trees themselves are slightly blurred on the edges indicating movement from a slight breeze that is rustling the leaves. You can almost hear the sounds of the water from the image.
In this painting shows a herder with his flock. In the background you can see a forest below a cloudy sky. The clouds are painted in such a way to illustrate the onset of stormy weather as they streak across the sky. The single tree centered in the painting is angled to the left as if being pushed by the wind, while the stronger vegetation seems somewhat unfazed structurally, while the leaves themselves angle with the wind through furious small brushstrokes. The strokes used on the clouds are all directional as well. It’s curious that the specs of damage to the painting almost add to the image with the appearance of rain drops.
These paintings complement each other with their watercolor display of nature. On the left butterflies are shown circling a flower. The artist angles the butterflies in various directions to lead the view around the flower giving the natural feel of circular movement. The flower stands still as a focal point with in this barrage of motion. The painting on the right is full of motion in the foreground with a hen feeding her young. The chicks are shown scattered about pecking the ground, staring at their mother waiting for feed, and drinking from the water dish to the left. The still back ground highlights the motion of these animals as they hastily consume their food.
This painting shows grass or reeds near a lake blowing in the breaze. The brush strokes are quick and chaotic, capturing the randomness of the motion. The lighter colors below give the impression that the plants are rising from the waters to meet the sky, with slightly dark shades indicating movement of the water. On the upper left side you can even see parts of the plant that has broken off to be carried by the wind until they fall.
This painting has a lot of abstract depictions of nature in motion. Near the left side there is a zebra head with a bowl and high-heel shoe placed up it. The head appears to be drinking with ripples in the water radiating out from it. On the right there is a parrot depicted midflight with its wings held high as if it’s slowing its decent. The monkey next to it swings a pony tail of hair with its right hand, which splashes paint upon the canvas. Looking once again towards the water, the artist shows a butterfly trapped on the surface with its wings creating ripples around it as it struggles.
This painting shows children playing with animals in a fields. The goose in the center is depicted with its wings held high as it runs from the child chasing it. To the right of that there is a goat reared up on its hind legs with a child holds its forelegs. A puppy is angled towards a babe lying on the grass as he reaches towards the dog. In the foreground, a black lamb trots towards the center of the painting while staring at the viewer.
This sketch depicts two birds on a branch, a colorful male and a plainer female. The male has his beak open as if calling to the female fore attention. The female however, is poised away from the male in the act of hunting an insect before it. The artist did a really good job with the body angles of these birds so that their body language brings them to life. For example, the female has her head cocked slightly to the side as if examining her prey.
In this painting, there are two parent Lapwings supervising their chicks during feeding. The mother dips her head close to the chicks as if to defend against the viewer, while one of the chicks looks towards her anxiously for food. This motion is contrasted by the male in a more stationary stance watching the ordeal. A blade of grass is broken behind them to indicate their movement through such, which the grass in the background is angled to the right to indicate a breeze.
This painting shows a parent Kookaburra bringing a centipede back to a youngling. The young bird is shown with its mouth open eagerly awaiting the food. The centipede itself is draped on either side of the parent bird’s beak, clearly dead and motionless. The angle of the parent bird’s tail feathers indicates that it is trying to keep balance on the branch as it steps sideways towards the young.
This painting depicts Native Americans aggressively overtaking a Caucasian on horseback. There is dust cloud rising from the hooves indicating a high speed of travel. The center horse is leaning into a turn towards the two on the right, leaving behind a disrupted trail of grass and dust. The horse on the far right is shown with his hooves outstretched in front and head reared back as if suddenly stopping. The horsetails and manes flow violently behind them with the wind of their inertia.
This sketch shows owls, monkeys, turkeys, rats, and bats wreaking havoc inside a building. The bats above are shown with wings outstretched as they circle above the chaos below. The monkey on the left appears to be swinging something in its right hand, the monkey on the right is about to climb the pillar. There is a group of owls that seem to be reading music from a propped up book. A human in the background looks upon the chaos from behind a curtain.
This sketch conveys animals grouped together in misery. The leopard and dog on the right show the most motion as they poise in hostility against the weary donkey. The artist depicts the leopard’s tail curved in such a way as if it is swaying to and fro. The dog’s back is arched with his feet planted firmly in front of him and his head glaring up at the donkey. The donkey’s ears are angled back in defeat. The bear to the left bares his teeth at what appears to be a fox, to which the fox replies with a flick of it’s tail.
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