I decided to follow the example of a fine still life painter, Emilie Preyer. I started by drawing the fruit with a graphite pencil, making millions of marks as I changed my mind about the positions:
The next day, I thinned water-mixable oil paint with water and used that wash to show shadows/form, more lines and to color the background:
After that, I thinned the paint with walnut oil to form thin glazes and applied what I decided would be good base colors for the fruit:
After a day of letting that dry, I added more color and more details. I worked a lot on the peach half:
The next day, I went back to the plums, after doing more to that peach half. I added some juice drops…touched up that cute fly thing. Tried to straighten the back edge of the table. The buds on the twigs are really too small for me to work with:
The final day, I painted over marks, added two or three more highlights and called it done. Signed my name! I mainly looked at this particular still life. So, the final:
12×16 in (30.5×40.5 cm)
Note: the photo isn’t exactly accurate. The whole peach and the grapes are not really that washed-out looking.