This painting was done for a friend. I wanted to achieve a classical feel to this image, so I studied a lot of the paintings from the Old Masters, especially Bouguereau. Learned a lot on how to approach colors and values too, which was a great benefit. The background in this image was very time consuming, but was worth it as I feel it adds a lot of depth to the image. The apples in the foreground were a lot of fun to paint, too.