I had a wonderful afternoon of painting with my friend, Marina. After wandering around her yard we decided it was too cold and windy to paint outdoors and instead went through her refrigerator looking for inspiration. She found a bag of apples which she arranged on a simple white plate and we set out to paint. We had specifics in mind i.e. leading the eye, arrangement of lights and darks, interesting brushwork, but as the afternoon progressed we found ourselves back into our old habits.