He's coming along.
I still need to soften a few edges. What do you think? Putting the acrylic matte medium on the watercolor paper (140# hot press) makes it sturdier, heavier and more stiff - but you can wipe back your colors if you don't like them (or if you lose your whites and want to lift more). I can see the pros of this technique.
But I would still, for myself, want to learn to leave those whites on pure watercolor paper without resorting to gesso or matte medium on the watercolor paper - although I do like the textured look you can't get on pure watercolor paper - perhaps I'll work on some hot press alone and see how that works out to get some texture...always trying to find the perfect fit for myself. Plus it's always fun to try new things, see what they offer you, and either use them or move one.
The image is stronger when I crop it to focus on the eye and just a hint of the bridle...may do that if I ever mat and frame this one. What do you think?