I figured out how to solve the forest challenge.
The solution is to find and simplify zones of value. Change the front from horizontal to diagonal to provide a way for the eye to move in and create a new plane from which to observe the scene.
What I have learned so far:
Task analysis may take days but it is worth the mental effort to think things through and break them down into component parts.
I am a watercolor coach, watercolorist, and author.