The choice is to try something to resolve the painting or throw it away.
The shape of the tree didn’t work. I had nothing to lose by playing with a few strokes of paint, seeing what the results might be. I added more color to the grasses behind the tree ( I prefer the duller grasses of version #1). The shape of the tree is definitely better., not quite so awkward. A few strokes can make it a keeper rather than a dumper…. at least for now. My ultimate goal is to play and to learn …. to learn from my play. I find no justification in cluttering my studio with paintings that either don’t work or don’t have the potential for delighting me.
Paintings: oil on gessoed wood. Originally painted en plein air. Additional strokes added in my studio. I don’t generally go back into a plein air painting. It has to work 90 percent for me to search for solutions.