I worked all morning on an image that became more complicated and overworked with every passing minute. Finally I realized it was hopeless and reached for a rejected background and with a few strokes painted the trees against that textured space. A simple, direct image is more compelling. If it seems that the artist is trying too hard then nothing in the piece can redeem that rigidness. It has been said that an image is only as strong as its weakest part. However, there are exceptions. Great work is held together by vision and/or passion not component parts and those override every weakness.