Another experiment, so feedback and critique welcome.
Thanks to Discord people for CC.
Thanks, Artificer! In regards to the depth, that's a really good observation and I agree fully with the critique. It is something I was only half-conscious of when I was picking colors for the castle, so this is a good reminder for me. I'm not quite sure I see the problem with the branches, but that may be because I have the memory of the reference, and I've been unsuccessful in recreating the perspective. Thanks for the feedback!
Thanks, gawrone! I was worried the kid would be seen as too cheesy / cliché, so I'm glad you liked it.
Thanks, Malleys! I think I could have taken it further, perhaps. Like a blend between sugary Russian paintings and intense 1980's pastels.
You definitely have quite the coherent pastel palette going on here Cels! I like how you can see colours of the castle reflected in the snow as well as the same hues incorporated into the sky. If anything the only issue I'm seeing is because there's so much variety in value and hue everywhere the layers of the painting are not as separated depth wise as they could be. The castle fading into the background might be a little bit too subtle, and the people standing next the horses are very hard to notice. Also having a hard time figuring out where the branches are coming from, the sense of perspective on those isn't as strong. I do like the shadow being cast in the bottom right corner, adds a nice bit of value contrast and describes the tree you're trying to suggest much better. Great work overall!
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Outstanding, that palette is too nice for this world