The first stage was to under-paint the canvas with a zingy orange wash and then overpaint it with Payne's Grey but allow some of the under-painting to show through. This creates a lovely warm, glowing background. Then, it is just a case of building up the detail in the plums, linen napkin and the wood it is all sitting on! May have it finished tomorrow!
I am using acrylics for this on a deep edged cotton canvas (80cm x 130cm)
This is how I have left it tonight....................
Plums (painting in progress)