It has that nostalgic, earthy feel of the times. The color fits right in there as well. I really like it.
Gray/toned board gives you room to move lighter and darker from the middle, and you have worked that well. You would have made a great illustrator. Too bad illustration jobs have sorta dried up. But I could see this as part of a paperback jacket for a novel. . . but that's my own association because at one time I was an illustrator, and looked at images of this kind for inspiration.
Great start. I admire your process and when something doesn't work, you look for a better solution. You'll go far. . . and have already. You seem to know what you want in a painting. Far easier to hit a target when one has one.
I'm watching with great interest.
"Not a bit is wasted and the best is yet to come. . ." -- remembered from a dream