I set this still life up after I got home from the workshop for a little practice.
On our place we have a couple of apricot trees and for the past few years, spring frosts have ruined any chance of fruit.
However, this year, there were a few branches on one tree that were not spoiled and we actually had apricots.
As I blocked in the shapes (above), I saw that the many elements I'd included gave the piece a busier feeling than what I'd originally wanted.
So I changed my drape to shield the light a little. That way, more of the objects were in shadow, which gave those luscious apricots in the old amber glass bottle the spotlight.
(above) "Summer Gifts" Original oil, 9"x12" ©2013 Diana Moses Botkin