This painting was begun in acrylic and finished in oil. The composition originally consisted of the pear and lemon on the table cloth. I painted it for my class as an example of loose brushwork on a small scale. I came across the painting again recently and decided that the composition needed a third object, so I included a man-made metallic object in contrast to the organic fruit. Acrylic paint suits the classroom situation as it dries quickly and is water soluble so produces no fumes. But it also works well for the underpainting of an oil painting for the same reason that it dries quickly therefore shortening the painting time. You can then go on to complete the painting in oil.