Four Seasons Poplar Tree Dining Room Table

This was a fun commissioned painting I worked on in 2011. It was a dining room table that initially seemed a little plain for the artistic atmosphere of the rest of the house, so the client asked me to illustrate poplar branches and leaves as they change through the course of the four seasons. We decided to put fall on one end and summer on the other end. After some initial research on the leaves and changes over the seasons, I drew a basic plan and painted it with watercolors to show the proposed colors. After a few measurements, I made an actual-size transfer at home so the family could continue using their dining room table during most of the process. This step turned out to save a lot of time and made it easier for our mutually busy schedules to mesh better. This project took about 10 hours over the course of about two weeks, a couple hours per evening.