I started this on a canvas recycled from my life drawing class so somewhere under there is a nude woman.
Having a dark neutral gray background helps me jump right into the color.
I should have taken a progress photo sooner than this but I was having too much fun painting to stop. All of the color in this composition is in the fruit. The whole picture is a contrast against that color.
I cooled things down a bit. Not quite as much as you think. The previous photo had an extra incandescent lamp on in the background when I shot. It shows how your light source can really alter a photo.