My first reaction is positive when I see it. It certainly is better than anything I could create. If I had to be nitpick I'd say this; Your streetlamp is illuminating the 'air' only on the left side, not the right or bottom. Only one tree is casting a shadow. Your sidewalk needs better texturning and/or 'tiles'. The shading on the newspaper is inconsistent with the tree shading. Sheesh. I feel like such a mother-in-law now.
The streetlight it on because the long shadows, I would say its closer to 6-7pm. The glow from the light isn't cast on the building but if you look through a street light there is a "halo" that will be seen.
I am working on the textures for the grass, sidewalk and trees. I've taken the lamp glow out and I'll talk to the artist about the clothing issue.
Thanks for all the comments, it helps to have extra eyes give opinions,
I think the thing to remember is you want to draw the viewers eyes to the main part of the picture. I'm guessing in this case it would be the girl. all the textures of the leaves, cement, etc draw the focal point away, instead of to where you want it to go.
no focal point? I'd probably tell the artist to re-evaluate this as a splash page to a comic story. Unless this is going to be a 200 page comic, you probably shouldn't open your story with a superflous piece that has no nearing on the story.