This past Spring I purchased Still Life with Oysters and Lemon by Mark Doty and I'm now reading it for the third time. His descriptions are wonderful and among other things have lead me to try my hand at painting a lemon. I'm including a passage here from page 6.
"That there can never be too much of reality; that the attempt to draw nearer to it-which will fail-will not fail entirely, as it will give us not the fact of lemons and oysters but this, which is its own fact, its own brave assay toward what is.
That description is an inexact, loving art, and a reflexive one; when we describe the world we come closer to saying what we are."