Vibrant Colors &                  Vivid Movement                       By J. Hathcock

This gallery showcases artists works that use vibrant colors to demonstrate vivid movement. Spanning a variety of subjects such as cityscapes and landscapes, in varying styles like abstract and surreal by artist from around the globe. These paintings display how the use of bright colors, contrasted by heavier darker colors, can express motion in a two dimensional plane.

City Scape depicts a bustling and busy city. The city shown is painted using long flowing lines and continuous zigzags for its buildings. Rather than the ridged angles of a real cities usual brick and mortar infrastructure. The colors improve this flow of motion by using altering shades to make the colors seem brighter.
This painting depicts an enormous poppy field on a beautiful day in France. The field is being blown in the wind giving the feel of movement. Van Gogh uses intense hues and blurred lines painted in opposing directions to show motion in nature. The wind is painted with strokes from right to left, while the poppies and trees start vertical and move with the wind.
This painting depicts a beautiful but small rural town with bright and vivacious flora all around. Using multiple shades on the trees branches and leaves gives the impression that the leaves are swaying. While the towns buildings are stone like and motionless, showing by contrast the flow of the wind through the trees around the town.
This piece depicts podiatric anatomy or the inner workings of the human foot. Using heavy dark lines as veins gives the idea of blood flowing. Creating an intensity and commotion in contrast to the still outline. This helps to create the illusion of movement even while using only one color.
This work depicts a busy river port town, in what seems like a fishers cove. The curved view of the work coupled with the obvious flow of the towns people moving along side the river are displaying movement. The piece uses shadows and still figures in the foreground and background to emphasize this movement.
Van Gogh's 'Starry Night' has created an incredible night skyline, and included the small french town below it. Using short strokes to create a swirling effect in the nights wind gives a sense of motion. Van Gogh even seems to impart some level of motion to the Cypress in the foreground, giving it a flamelike flow to its top.
This work shows an anthropomorphic personification of the word racism. This piece is much more simplistic than the others, but has excellent use of movement. Using that sweeping effect, the letters seem to being rushing to the right. Giving the word a mouth personifies the word and increases it believability of motion.
The following work depicts olympic athletes participating in the bobsledding event. Instead of using opposing color contrasts or altering line direction. This piece uses multiple images of the athletes preforming various stages of a task. Doing this helps to express the movements the athletes are making and the direction they are moving.
In this classic Japanese work of art we see a giant wave about to crash down on two boats. The motion in this piece is shown through the peaks of the waves and their curve. The crest has what almost looks like fingers reaching out too the boats.
In contrast to The Starry Night's turbulent night sky. Here we have Van Gogh's Green Field, which depicts a calm and breezy day in a large field outside of a house. Van Gogh uses the same technique here as with Starry Nights. Short strokes to create flowing movements in nature and opposing line direction to express the flow of the wind.
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