In my workshops, I encourage students to "paint from the heart." That
means, after a period of time following the reference photo, we put the
photo away and begin making judgements based on our own intuition about
how the painting feels to us.
Painting from the heart, using any and all colors. After the tonal check (took a photo with my iPhone, changed it to tonal) I decided to delete the chunk of orange at the far in the composition.