Sometimes you have to make changes, after the fact, to a painting. It helps to take other artists' suggestions, if you can see the value in those suggestions.
For this one, Mick Carney said the plate was floating - it needed a horizontal line.
He was right. I didn't even see that and no one else has mentioned it - I think they were all too focused on the wonky shape of the plate! ha ha
So, I put in the edge of the table in this one. It's not done and it won't be, even though I fiddled with this one more (putting in a touch of pink on the white skin of the pear, lightening some of the knife handle and metal). I'll redo this one, trying to get the plate more even in the next version. The goal is to get another one of this with the plate okay and the sense of space okay and the pear and knife looking more 3 dimensional.
Began again. Had the photo so used it, in black and white, to get the shapes right on the paper. First, I traced the photo on tracing paper, then used that tracing paper to trace it again onto the watercolor paper. I had the shape of the plate right in the drawing. But it's gotten a bit out of line on the right side from painting. I think I can clean up that edge - or just leave it.
I am painting this one on 1/8 sheet watercolor (Saunders Waterford, which has a warm tint) with the idea of drizzling down the front of the page later. And I'm not going as dark with the background on this one, leaving it light and airy.