QuiCk, Look Closely - Lucio Velasco

This gallery includes representations of animals in the wild. These animals will include the characteristic of movement both physically and implied. Each image will include a brief description of what is depicted in the image based of the theme movement and nature. Below each image you will find its citation. Enjoy.

This image depicts a man riding a horse over a ditch. In addition we see three dogs running along side the horse through the ditch. We can identify movement in this image by viewing the way the way the horse is straddled over ditch on not standing. In addition we can also view the mans posture and position of his arm indicating a forward motion. Not only does this painting identify one animal in motion in the wild but four. We can also see that the hind legs of the leading dog are in mid air suggesting a forward motion as well.
This painting depicts a tiger in the wild with potential energy. Although is tiger isn't in motion it in the position to spring into motion. The artist of this image indicated this by show the tiger "crouching" with the tigers legs bent and ready to jump. We can also see how the artist indicated the animal will soon be in motion by blurring the background.
Artist Delacroix's image depicts a horse on its rear legs with its head cocked back. His image gives a almost fish-eyed effect indicating not only movement but action, in this case fear. Typically when a horse is on its hind legs it feels threatened or in danger. We can identify the movement in this image because the horse in not in a upright position on all four legs. Instead we see motion in the image from the posture of the animal and the hair on its tail and head. The hair indicated movement by random brush strokes and not being settled in one place but spread out.
This painting depicts a squirrel that is sitting and preforming some type of action with its arms. We can see in the image the the squirrel is clenching its front paws in a fist like manner compared to its back paws. This gives us the idea that something is happening, purhapse eating, or some other movement. This movement is visible in the image by viewing the way the squirrel's paws are tightly placed compared to its back paws.
In the painting we can see that there are three different animals. Two of these animals are static while the third is in motion. We see the duck in the water, and the two birds on the three. The duck in the water is the animal in motion. We can identify this motion by viewing the ducks back legs and the water ripples around the duck. The back legs are pushing water behind the duck indicating a forward motion. This motion is also noticeable in the water in front of the duck where we see ripples indicating movement.
This painting depicts a lion that is attacking a horse by jumping on its back. We can see that the horse is frantic by its expression. We can also see both animals in this painting are moving. The lions motion is indicated by the artist by its position on top of the horse. Where as the horses movement is indicated in its front right leg and the hair on its head is horizontal not vertical as it would be if still.
This painting depicts two birds, one in mid air the other on the ground. From this placement of the animals we can see that the bird in the air contains movement. The bird in the air is flying. This is shown by the artist by making the birds wings expanded and its destination upward show by the birds line of sight. We can also differentiate the two birds movement by viewing the wings of the static bird. This birds doesn't contain movement because its wings are located near is side and not in an expanded position.
This painting depicts a horse in a battle outfit personifying it to be a warrior. Although this image is unrealistic, we can view this animals motion based on the way we see a realistic horse. This horse is on its back legs, not typical for a horse unless the horse is threatened or in fear. In order for this size of animal to be on its back legs it requires it be in motion, pushing itself into this position. In this particular image we also see the horse has a sword above its head.This action indicates that movement is potentially about to occur with this arm.
This painting depicts an eagle that has "plunged" its self off of something. We can identify the movement in this image not only from the title, "Study of a Plunging Eagle," but also from the way this animal was painted. The eagles feet and legs are in a downward position all the way to its toes as if it just jumped or trusted itself off of something. The artist also painted the animal with out any other indication of land, giving us the idea that the animal is in mid air. We can see the eagles wings are in an upright position as if the bird is ready to flap its wings because it is flying.
The "Lying Hyena" depicts a Hyena that appears to be injured. We can see three red streaks on the painting that indicate scratches and purhapse blood. The hyena has a expression of pain or discomfort on its face. We can identify movement or past movement of the hyena by the scratches indicated in red and black on the image.
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