I know this picture was posted back when they dug the Panama Canal, but the image still irks me. I tried to draw about it, but the composition was so evocative that I was enraptured and enthralled for so long. Even now in the grips of the second summer after this picture's posting I'm still moved. I apologize if my words fail to convey the strength and fury that your work is STILL driving into my mind.
1) Her expression is not only fitting but it is perfectly placed. Her face's angle does align with her body which makes her overall mass a bit off balanced (if we used physics to analyze); a bit more curve in the back may sell the scene a bit more.
2) Those trees are both menacing and insidious at the same time. I think it's your choice of colors and the juxtaposition of gray and pink(?) that give the picture its unsettling vibe. The branches reaching out, driving into her arm, and tangling her hair is the best statement of winter's grasp on people's psyche that I have ever seen. (I would argue that this belongs up there with Salvador Dali's Persistence of Memory, but that's me soap-boxing.)
3) The sparse use of under-lighting draws the eye towards her expression. Well drawn and the reflections keeping your eyes on her face helps drive home the piece's message. I am sympathetic for her condition as I continue looking at her face.
4) Again, hair. Her hair is gorgeous and how you portray strands of hair keeps me enjoying your pieces. This one especially as they flow and tangle over those insidious branches.
Despite the subject matter of this piece, your work still moves me and jerks my emotions in so many directions. Thank you.