"Henry looked sad."
"The tree stood sentinel on the hill watching over the farmer's field. The shape of its branches giving the appearance of a facial profile."
Or, what about?
"The tree stood sentinel on the hill. The shape of its branches contoured as if it had eyes and were watching over the farmer's field."
I've used the same exercise when trying to establish the mood of a scene before. I'll close my eyes and put myself in the scene's main POV character. I'll put a piece of paper in front of me and write single words that come to mind. (You could also use a recorder so you'd just have to say the words.) When I'm finished I incorporate the feeling of those words in the scene.
And the thing is, as you sharpen your craft, you'll identify these areas like thorns. You'll cringe at the observation.
One great piece of advice I've learned along the way is when a character makes a phone call. Do you need to waste the reader's time with the sharing of hellos? Nope. We all get the point. Have them dial and get into the reason for their calling. Trust me when I say you won't even miss the greetings.
Think about other areas too. A character enters their apartment. Do you need to play out everything from the unlocking the door, opening the door, hanging up their coat? Absolutely not. Common sense fills those pieces in.
As you work to sharpen your writing, you truly will start leading your reader's imagination. Your words will not be dictation, but a sensory experience.