I cannot find the tree painting that I wanted to put in here. It is a scene with a hunting dog running toward a tree which has been "worked over" by Rubens to give it the interest factor of which we speak.
Here is a "mess of sticks" detail instead which exemplifies the interest concept fairly well. You should be able to tell that Rubens would not have beeen satisfied just to lay things around in a 'natural' pattern as that would not be nearly as interesting as this 'artificial - natural construction'.
The moral here is
"Work the composition Don't take the easy way ... even though that's the way every "modern" artist goes.