Even in the thumbnail preview one can see that this is gorgeous piece! The tonal composition is very well done; one is guided to the lightest part while going through most of the picture. I like the soft colors, it's like the foliage above it is so dense that only slight peeks of light get through, resulting in these muted tones you used. I've noticed the comment below (by vanilla moon) and I think he/she does have a point. In my opinion, I would add that it appears that the level of detail is approximately the same everywhere (back/mid/fore grounds), which might help the picture to look flat. Though I think you got the atmospheric perspective right, I would think that the level of detail should be more differentiated. Either way, you did an outstanding job and are on the good way to make some breath-taking art. Keep it up!
Good stuff! I love the colours, although they could be a bit more intense. I think you should try and paint less attention to details, because the image overall is pretty good. You've got the hang of atmospheric lighting and all that and the focal point is also quite clearly defined with the light in the upper right corner. I just think you could create amazing pictures without too many details as well. What do you think?
that's a tricky question... generally i'd say, details where the focus of the image lies. I tricked myself out of the problem of paying too much attention to details by limiting the time spent on a piece - Speedpainting. In the beginning it's quite hard to get used to and to accept that something looks "unfinished" to the eye. I looked at the process of this image on your blog, and I can say that already the first of those 3 images there caught my eye and delivered the message, even though it is not that detailed. I think working from there and adding some details to focal areas could really help with depth and effect.