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My most recent manipulation. I chose not to do they eye, I enjoy it the way it is. I tried something new, with the lighting and shadowing, it might work, it might not. As always, I am up for critiques!!
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The palomino coat goes very nicely with the colors in the background. The colors alone make this a very beautiful image all by themselves. It's vivid and cheerful without being overwhelming.
However, when I first looked at this piece, my eye was not drawn to the horse but to the woody root "bridge" that the horse was peeking under. You want people to focus on the background when they look at this, which is fine i artwork with a simple foreground. The root arch has so much detail, so much texture, that people automatically focus on the foreground.
You might be able to fix that by toning down your foreground and increasing the texture to your horse. It's not that your animal isn't detailed, it's that when you compare the texture, the horse is so blah that it practically fades out of sight. (I work with horses, so I know you can out more texture on them, trust me!)
One last thing. The shadow is falling across the horses body in the wrong way. Remember where your light is coming from and compare it to where your other shadows fall. I hope you'll see what I mean.