Painting fruit for my 60th session, I’m a bit pressed for time tonight so I made this one quick and easy.

It seems like any time I paint fruit it is because I’m feeling pressed for time. The drawing goes much faster, and its fun.

The Painting


The Setup


So I spent a couple hours today re-arranging my living room/ studio so I could possibly stop the glare on my painting. Unfortunately no matter what I did I was getting some glare. I ended up with my easel back in the same place as before but I changed the light a bit. What really helped the most was putting the canvas lower than my head and tilting it forward a bit. I still get some glare with strokes that go perpendicular to the light, but I can easily move my head left to remove that glare when I need to.

My hierarchy of painting importance

  1. Drawing
  2. Value
  3. Edges
  4. Composition
  5. Color



How can I improve the drawing

Close enough I believe. I didn’t put too much care into the shadow behind the apple and its not that close, not to mention that apple is a bit big.



How can I improve the values?

I knew that I was making the apple a bit too dark. Actually its way too dark. So is the cast shadow by the orange. Also the drawing of the terminator edges on the orange are way off, I should be better than that.


  • Session: 62
  • Work: 48
  • Width: 10"
  • Height: 8"
  • Medium: Oil
  • Location: Still life in apartment
  • Art Time: 1.5
  • Creative Time:



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Chris Beaven

I am an Artist and a programmer currently living in the amazing state of Washington. I have a passion for art, but I'm stubborn as hell with it. My day is complete only when I do some piece of art each day, no matter how small. "There was a dream that was Rome. You could only whisper it. Anything more than a whisper and it would vanish, it was so fragile."