Sue Pruett taught this at the Orange County Tole/Decorative Painters class on April 8, 2005. I am so impressed with her teaching abilities and love using the wonderful Traditions paints. I have never really cared for painting projects with fruit as a subject...florals have been my favorites. This, however, has become one of my favorite paintings. I added the trim and sponged the outer area of the plate to enhance the fruit design.
Sue gave me an excellent suggestion when I asked her about whether adding a metallic gold would detract from the design. She said to mix some of the red we used on the fruit in with the gold to help it harmonize with the design elements. It worked like a charm! Thanks, Sue.