Degas said: A painting requires a little mystery, some vagueness, some fantasy. When you always make your meaning perfectly plain you end up boring people.
and he said:
A picture is an artificial work, outside nature. It calls for as much cunning as the commission of a crime.
Here is another of my little bird images. Notice how the angles of the bird are echoed by the angles of the branch. This was not in the original reference material, I created it deliberately. (perhaps even cunningly.....). Notice how the foliage really is just marks which suggest leaves. YOU, the viewer, turns those marks into leaves.