I was doing these apple paintings all summer. They were done directly from life. I guess I was looking for a sort of antidote to this Detroit project which was all about absence. They never really worked though. Painting a decent apple is really hard. I ended up obscuring them and liking that a bit better. But then they became redundant and unnecessary for what I was doing. They were reduced to symbols. Then David showed up and wanted to take something away. I was pleased to see the covered over apple symbol leave to be symbolic somewhere else.