I am going away for the weekend, and had high hopes of finishing this painting before leaving, but I'm out of time, and will finish it Sunday or Monday. I started out with the entire plate in view (11x14"), but now I may crop it to around 8x8" -- I'm undecided -- just not sure what composition I like better. I guess you are supposed to do thumbnail sketches ahead of time to work out things like composition before you start, but I just dove in and now see that there might be a better way. Also, only the apple on the far left is done(detail shown), the others are only blocked in.
Got the Mutsu apples at a local farm called Salingers, and they are delicious!