I took a photograph of the fruits first to get an idea what it looks like, then primed it with white paint to take out the original color.
then I painted the fruit as if it was in a still life.
after the first critique on this, I looked at some artist models and famous still lifes so people would be able to relate to it easily, and subconsciously give them the idea that it is a still life painting.
I primarily looked at Paul Cezanne’s works, and mimicked his arrangements in a lot of my photos.
eg. Still Life with Apples and a Tube of Paint, Still Life With Plate and Fruit