The tranquility of this shot is really quite amazing. It's great how the background fades from white on the left (though it's perhaps a tad overexposed right near the top of the tree), becoming slowly more defined and detailed toward the right edge while still maintaining its softness. The hanging branches are quite graceful and prominent in the image without overpowering it. There seems to be a good balance between them and the background, each strong enough to support the other without stealing the show. The empty sidewalk gives a certain sense of anticipation, as if someone should walk slowly through at any time.
This is a piece by this artist that I have always had my eye on, so I am pleased to have an opportunity to write a crit on it.
The first thing which strikes me about this is the strongly contrasted branches of the tree. Not only are they strongly contrasted, but they are intricate. One gets lost in their complex network of twisting, writhing forms.
The second most prominent characteristic of this work is the spectrum of tones This is particularly prevalent on the left hand side of the image in which the trunk of the tree contrasts with the off-white of the water, as well as a little of the embankment. Then, of course, there is the tones with lighten from the right hand side to the left, showing the range of tones within this work.
All in all a very pleasing piece with much depth, variety and clarity. Good work!