I thought you kids might like to see my process a bit. So I pick out some luscious peppers at my favorite local grocery store.
I did a quick sketch to solidify my composition.
As you can see I don't do a pencil sketch on my canvas. I thin some oil paint with turpenoid and start going at it!
Mixing oils with a palette knife instead of on your brush keeps it from getting muddy.
Background first, of course....
...then a rough underpainting for the peppers.
This is what I call the ugly stage...
Can you see that little brown spot on the yellow pepper? Yeah... the peppers were starting to go bad (literally molding and wrinkling), so I HAD to finish. Rotting fruit creates quite the deadline. I'm pretty pleased with it though.