I played around with the composition on this piece for quite a while. Originally, there were 3 bucks working their way through the goldenrod. I never really got comfortable with the spacing between them, so I simplified. The clump of trees on the left were added as an afterthought to balance the composition and help direct the viewer back into the painting.
I purposely made the buck about a foot taller than he would be in reality. Quite often, even very large bucks walking in tall goldenrod may only show the top of their antlers. Of course this would have made for a silly looking painting, so I used my "artistic license" to make him larger than life.