Do you remember that scene in the "Amadeus" movie after the Holy Roman Emperor Joseph II listened to one of Mozart's operas that was somewhat long? He'd been yawning while Mozart conducted the piece, and when Mozart asked the emperor how he liked the opera, the emperor replied, "Too many notes, Mozart. Too many notes! Just cut out a few, and it will be fine."
With my painting I thought a similar thing only about sunflower petals. "Too many petals. Carol. Too many petals!" I didn't cut out any though. Nor did Mozart cut out any notes.