This picture is just one of the sweetest things ever as far as I'm concerned; I adore absolutely everything about it, from the concept to how you executed it with the perfect expressions and body language and everything. Granny Smith's kind gesture, given even with a gentle touch of a hoof is just so sweet and tender, and Rarity horror at receiving her gift (I'm sure she'll manage to graciously compose herself and offer her heartfelt thanks the next moment following) is just perfect. The best part for me might just be Applejack though; that is exactly how she would react in this situation I'm sure, and she looks absolutely adorable doing it as well!
So yes, long comment is long but I wanted to express just how much I love this picture, and say truthfully why it's one of my favorite fanarts I've come across in recent memory. Really wonderful work on it, and please do keep it up!
Thank you so very much! Expression is something I've struggled with in the past, and truth be told, drawing ponies has made it easier for me to experiment in ways I couldn't possibly in my other works. I am so very glad to hear it's improving! At least in pony art.
You are absolutely welcome, and I most certainly think you did a great job with expressions here! I have dabbled in many different mediums and styles of art before, including realistic and drawn-from-life portraits, and in my own opinion having some experience with drawing cartoons can really benefit an artist, thanks to the often-exaggerated features that make for practice. In any case though great job again on this, and keep up the great work!