I discussed this painting with Moomin Light today, and she had some ideas that put me on the right track to the next round. So tonight I tackled some changes, starting with one of her suggestions, and moving on from there. Draw some things out more, push some things back, remove two birds that were distractions, remove some red, add some other red, add some orange, warm up some trees with yellow, add a fish...
The important stuff. Click for a larger view.
Still not finished - not sure what's next, though. I'm happy this is stronger after this evening's effort. Removing the large green bird and darkening under the cat were strong helps. Changes in the upper right (as MLight suggested) helped bring that corner more into the picture, though there is only so much I can do there now. That corner had drawn her eye because it was so flat, before, and not united with the rest.
Listening to Jimmy Eat World's album Futures - one of the songs was on last night's soundtrack, and it stood out.