I really like this, although the lack of texture/detail on the gnome's outfits relative to the brushstroke and fur variation on the cat makes me think this could have been even stronger with some references
This reminds me of Tomte Tummetott from Astrid Lindgren, books I loved as a kid and still love today. Tomte is a gnome living on a farm who will go out every winter night and whisper words of hope into the ears of the animals and humans living there - "Just be patient, though the winter is long. The next spring will come an you wil play in the sun again. Just be patient." So I like the warmfeeling of a happy childhood memory when looking at this picture.
The Details are great, I really love the old and friendly face of the gnome