|CAMPSITE 17 8X10 oil on canvas panel|
It's actually great practice for learning to impose design into your paintings, which is, I think, what good painting is about. Although, sometimes it's easier to do than others, at all times it's the artist's job to create order from what we confront. Painting is just a lot of work if all you're doing is reporting on appearance.
Once while I was out painting, a man and his little family stood watching for a few minutes, and then just before walking off he huffed and commented, "Wouldn't it be faster to just take a picture?" Depends on what you're after. For me, the fun and inspiration comes from doing something with the information before you to raise what is seen to something felt and admired.