Originally Posted by Hamburgefions
I don't think realistic painting is filling your canvas with painstaking detail. Compare it with a photograph the size of a stamp. You can "feel" the detail, yet you can't "see" it. That's the challenge.
Glad you wrote that. Painting realistic doesn't have to mean that slavishly copying a photo is the ultimate dream. Theres a place for photography, and a place for painting, and often they overlap, but one is not the other. A still life is about color, form, but as you say also feeling the textures, the smoothness of metal, the wetness of a washed fruit... Your painting is lovely in all respects - value, color harmony, composition... I love your reflected highlights.