I did this speed paint in about 2 hours. That may not seem very speedy, but for me to get something "finished" that quick, even a little study of an apple, is pretty sweet! I got inspired after watching a video Hollie Hibbert put up on her blog of a study she did. I still have some questions about specific parts of her process, but it was a great exercise for me. I even made an ABC's list of subjects that Brandon helped me choose for further speed paint exercises.
PS: if you haven't seen Hollie Hibbert's work, you can check it out at her blog here. She graduated a few semesters before I did and her work has always been very inspirational to me. Thanks Hollie!