Looking at it today, I thought the biggest apple in the front was the least interesting of the grouping. I no longer have the apple, so I played around with what I thought the painting needed. Part of the problem with that apple in front was that it was hard to look past it because of the odd shape of the yellow on the skin -- it drew you to the left side of the painting and not into the painting.
I repainted that front apple and now you look at it and past it to the rest of the apples. Better.
|this is with the "bad" apple|
|this is the now final painting with the better apple in front|