I'm very new to both landscape painting/drawing and using and mixing colors, so one of the reasons for making relatively simple paintings and drawings is my inexperience.
I got a small pack of oil pastels as a Christmas present and I started practicing and painting landscapes.
I want to ask for some advice based on one of my paintings - the one I pasted below - which was painted this morning.
I used lighter and cooler shades in the distance, and making the sides of the slope darker.
For the pines I tried to make the right sides darker and add a little bright green and yellow to the left and a "weak" shadow to the right to emphasize the direction of the sun rays.
The darker, slightly blended line on the foot of the mountains is a forest. I tried to make it as light as I could to not to make it seem "nearer".
I just feel like the drawing looks too childish, too amateur - like it could be improved a million times. I watched landscape photos and other oil pastel paintings as well.
It seems to me more contrast would be good, and I thought about adding grass and flowers, which I'm sure I'll learn how to paint. Nevertheless, some objective, "general" advice would be very helpful :)
I use print paper and "normal" paper for writing. I cannot afford professional sketchbooks and papers at the moment.