Wow, that's fantastic... wish my first painting had looked 1/10th as good! The wheat in the foreground, particularly, is nice. The leaves on the tree are also handled really well.
Since you mentioned critique, I'll mention two minor things. First, if the background row of trees were of a lighter value, the foreground tree would stand out more. If it's like that in the photo, well, I *really* like the line said by a number of my teachers: "Don't let reality get in the way of a good image" :-). Also, generally speaking, the further back the mountains go the lighter in value they get (you've done that exactly right) and the grayer they get. This helps with a feeling of depth.
Welcome to the group... looking forward to what else you do!
Last edited by yachris; 04-21-2009 at 12:32 PM.
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