What did you have in mind?
This is not what I had in mind... I bought a bag of limes, and when I dumped them into a bowl, I thought they were gorgeous. I set up some for still life references and took a bunch of photographs. One was just a few slices on my cutting board... scatter of circles I decided to do first.
Once finished it was flat, the stripes of the cutting board that you could see made no sense. So, I decided a nice light cool blue would make the limes pop; it looked like some giant lime balloons floating through the sky. I almost never paint with blue, and I had a blob of it on my palette that had been just sitting there for a while. It seemed like a good choice. Nope... nothing; I added some white in one corner and some dark blue in the other. At that point, the limes popped, but it made no sense at all.
I picked it up by the darker "side" so show it to my husband. Odd, I didn't paint it vertically, but it made me smile... Ok, so weird, but imagined the sugar-plum dream from The Nutcracker and the line "while visions of sugar-limes danced in their heads" from Twas the Night Before Christmas. Hmmmm....interesting... I took it by the lighter "side" and thought of Jimmy Buffet looking for his lost shaker of salt... kind of dreamy, made my mouth water for something sour. Who knew... I love it!
Wonder how it all started? Yeah, it came a long way...