For this painting, I just set out the apples and started painting. Typically it takes me 30-40 minutes to set up a still life, as I want the composition to work, the shadows to be interesting, and negative space to actually have some shape to it. With this setup I was enamored with the bright shinny apples and how some of the shadow areas were almost violet, with a lavender sheen in areas from reflected light. So I stopped fussing with the setup and started painting.
I like the brush handling and bright colors.