This is just an awesome piece of work. The textures you included in the trees, horse, and the rider are beautiful. Also, when I look at this it gives off a peaceful vibe. The only thing that seems out of place(In my decision.) would be that dark-ish shadowy part behind the rider. Also I love the way you made this look like it was painted in watercolor , when its actually acrylic.( I know these paints all to well xD since I had 3 art classes in one year). Anyway, you know how they say each piece of art has a story behind it? Well, thank you for sharing such a great one.
This piece is very beautiful. The lighting, textures and smooth, watery colours seen are quite eye pleasing. It gives off an almost dream like kind of feel. I enjoy the sharpness of the tree in the center of the piece, it really draws the eye towards the center. Also the break at the top of the tree revealing a blue sky is a wonderful eye catcher. It gives a feeling of relief from staring at a dense forest. It is almost like a breath of fresh air. This piece really stands out as being symbolic to me. I feel that the horse represents something as pureness, good, or life, while the mysterious looking knight could almost represent some kind of mystery, darkness, or even death. Well done on everything.
I get a good sense of motion here, or a blurred still of a scene. As many people have already pointed out, the wide range of hues works well here to convey a mystical atmosphere. It's interesting how the colors on the knight are the dullest or lowest in saturation. I don't know if you did that on purpose, but it makes him/her look like a true interloper entering a different kind of environment. The roughness of the background (especially in the upper left) has an unfinished quality that works for this painting. My favorite parts are the small areas of detail that really pop - the sharp leaves on the tree almost in dead-center, and the colorful golden-orange flowers implied around its base.
Some possible areas of improvement: I think the horse's mane could look a little lighter (less "gummy," for lack of a better word) and the general silhouette of the tree in the center could use refinement.
This is beautiful, and the content reminds me of a book I've read.
I can't remember what the book is titled or who it's by for the life of me, but the specific part I'm reminded of is when the adventurers are traveling a forest it is said that none come out sane if at all. The adventurers stumble across a knight who is mumbling to himself. It turns out that the knight is dead, a restless shell that will wander the forest forever.
I love your art style. The colours bring out emphasis in all the right places, and the flow is amazing.