Originally Posted by HopeHacker
Please let me know what you HONESTLY think
of it. Thanks.
Is this one of those paint by number paintings or did you paint it on a blank canvas?
Assuming this is 100% your creation and painted onto a blank canvass using your own imagination and not a template, I would say that you are off to quite a good start.
The shape of the horse is very well done, as is the shape of the mane. And I generally like the colours. It's bright and has a "feel good" quality. Plus it's somewhat whimsical with the rainbow in it. I also like the sky and the light rays. Looking at it I get the feeling of "movement" from the light like it's shimmering.
Some things that I am not fussy about are the trees. They all look the same. Too much of the branches are showing in the front. They need more greenery to make the tree look lush and full. As they are right now it looks like they only have leaves on the top and on either side. Plus there are no shadows within the branches or under the trees on the ground. The lack of shadows gives the impression that the trees are floating and that they don't belong in the scene.
The image really needs some shadows to add some depth to it. The horse really needs more defining shadows. There is a bit in the face, but not enough, and there is none on the body which makes the horse look 1 dimensional. The mane could use some more shades of colour in it so that the individual hairs stand out more and there should be some shadowing between the clumps of hair and where the mane meets the body of the horse.
I like the added touch of the rainbow, however I would suggest lowering the opacity of it by maybe 50% or 60% so that it's not so opaque. Rainbows are see through because they are reflections of light.