So here is the finished painting. I am happy with it. There was a stage in the middle when I wasn't happy at all, as it seemed unbalanced, confused and boring. Then I put the coral on the leaves on the right and added the white and the detail, and all was well.
It is not at all the painting I had in my mind when I started. It often works that way, and reminds me of when I used to write poetry. The poem I ended up with was something entirely different from what I thought I was writing about at the beginning. However, the actual poem was usually something more fundamental, from my deep subconscious, but related to what I had in my mind initially.
I love how this painting is very complex, but is an integrated whole. I also thoroughly enjoyed how it manifested - the rough and tactile abstract stage gradually refined into precise detail. It's like the process of gaining awareness of something in life, and reminds me that levels of awareness and focusing are steps towards any goal.
I am glad that I have finally found a way of bringing together the joyful freedom I find in the abstract expressionist style, and my compulsive desire to record detail precisely. I think I have found a way to practice opening a pathway between the rational and emotional parts of my mind.