For now the background is done. I have brushed and polished it so much that it looks like a piece of leather. I used a small bristle stencil brush, an oil bristle brush and a makeup sponge to do the smooshing and polishing.
The really wonderful part of the pastel board is that you can add a light over a highly saturated dark. So I may bring part of the color from the left side over into the middle or right side of the top later.
On to the shadows of the pears and cherries next.