In this painting, John James Audubon portrays a landscape scene focusing primarily on the two wolves depicted. There is a lot to appreciate here in Audubon’s work. He gives us a subtle sense of contrast between the light shadowing and the highlighted details. The texture of this piece, as a whole, is overall consistent and well balanced throughout. This can be seen In the consistency of each tree, each blade of grass, the water shown in the distance as well as the puddle in the foreground. The smear of detail textured in the distant mountain / river line gives us a beautifully proportioned sense of depth. But what I find most impressive is the consistency of texture between the two wolves. Both share the same curious kind eyes, soft rounded ears, fluffy tails, and most importantly beautiful lifelike lining, coloring and texture in the markings of their fur. This highlight detailing, along with the contrast between the wolves’ coloring and landscape seem to draw the viewers eye directly to the wolves. Audubon’s choice of facing the wolves as he did is what gives this piece it’s sense of movement. You can almost see the two wolves trying to move closer to one another and this sense guides the eyes, in a circular manner, around the whole piece.