Whenever I do a still life I light it from the side so I will have shadow and light. I draw in the scene, making sure that the items are placed in a pleasing manner. I do not begin with the specific objects in mind, but first I find the darkest and lightest parts of the scene and painting those areas. The values of everything else are always between those two. Next I look for shapes of colors or value, rather than “painting the apples.” I paint each individual shape I see, such as the light green shape “on the left” and the deep red shape “on the right” etc., proceeding like putting together a jigsaw puzzle. It all evolves nicely with a beautiful dimension. You can almost reach in and grab everything in the picture.