Need help getting finished pieces to look less amateurish

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Was trying to go for a moody and anxious feel with this piece, but a lot of the purples clashed in the end and didn’t convey the mood as well as I hoped - would the piece have worked out better if I neautralised the purples?
Also, any tips on how to lay down the watercolours smoother? I tried layering to add texture but the techniques ended up coming off amateurish and I think it may be because the colour pooled in some spots and I was unable to layer cleanly

I think part of the issue may also be the overall composition, I thought that the stark contrast in colour between the character and background helped create a composition in which the character is the focus, but I think impact may have been lost because the values are too close in range and everything is around the same level of vibrancy

Long story short, I don’t think I’ve managed to get my ideas across well and I’m a bit lost as to what I could do to improve the overall quality of my paintings in the future

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