I am a real fan of oranges both to eat and to paint. Luckily, I live in a locale where citrus trees can grow, so at certain times of the year they are easily available and as fresh as can be. In fact, sometimes neighbors have so many they can't use them all. Then, the local food bank profits and so do neighbors as often bags or boxes of citrus fruits are put on the curb with a "Free" or "Take Me" sign.
The light in the reference photo is what caught my eye. It brought out the vivid color of the oranges and created dark shadows...something that painters love.
This painting will go on auction at DailyPaintworks beginning tomorrow, September 12th. HERE is a link to the site.