Painting Action - moving objects - speed

Someone asked me recently how I manage to put Movement and Speed in a painting.

Thought it best to use this painting of a running dog to explain



1.  Firstly, The Angle is important  - For this example I have chosen for the dog to be racing downhill, so I haven't drawn it 'straight/flat across the page',
but sloping down with the dogs back slightly higher.

2.  Also note that the dog is almost running 'Off the page' - this indicates speed to the viewer.

3.  The hind legs are raised a little.

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4.  I prepared the paint and did the brush strokes quickly with All the Brush Strokes go to the left.  

5.  There are also 'action lines', which indicate movement.



~ Hope this is a useful tip for you all ~