Simple and Elegant, or Just Simple?

Taking votes. Is restraint a good thing here? I like the extremes in values. The bird is one that I watched take off from this beachside pond. It's a bit of a change of pace for me, but not sure if it's a step back.

 I put this bird on it.

I put this bird on it.

We'll see if it grows on me. If it does, I'll varnish it on a sunny day and it will appear in the studio page. If not, it will probably go home with Dean.