The shadow has to be the correct value in regards with the rest of the painting. It does not have to be dark because there is a rule that says shadows are dark. There is also a mixing of colors between the object and the shadow (lost edges). So I decided to give this a try and I went looking for something to paint.
The content of the fridge provided the subject and here is the result.
I like it much better. I did the pencil sketch in one continuous line and I also tried to vary the shadows - warm vs cold.
The shadows below were darkened and cooled arbitrarily. The washes also looked weird so I decided to try again using watercolor paper this time (this sketch was done in the Canson multi-media sketchbookl multimedia is misleading in this case because it does not take wet media very well)
This pear was painted on a scrap of watercolor paper that already had some wash on it.
I used guache on the background. the shadow is still very dark, there is a sharp edge between the pear and the shadow, but I find that colors blended better on the fruit.