Spanish Patio – Two Slightly Different Perspectives

Using a sketching technique, I created these two prints of a patio done in a Spanish theme. I like the softness the color sketching creates allowing the eye to see detail on specific subject and softening the edges keeps the eye more centrally focused on the specific subject matter.

The setting is an outdoor patio/kitchen located in Los Angeles. The door is from a very old building and was repurposed for this project. The table is black metal and the top is inlaid with tile matching the color scheme of the tile work above the fireplace. What you can’t see is a grill and separate smoker lining the side on your right and a large screen TV on the wall to your left. The entire patio is covered by a pergola to create shade from the sun.

Ok, so that’s the lay of the land if you will, so back to the prints. I have talked about framing a photograph or art print in such a way that you create focus on the visual aspects that you want to convey. I am presenting two very similar art prints, yet both create a slightly different sense because of what I have left in or taken away. In the first one “The Spanish Patio”, you have a bit more sense of the door, fireplace and table being a part of something bigger. This is created because the stone wall to the right of the door is shown with a hint of a large potted plant. Very subtle, but gives the impression of more there then just the door, fireplace and table.

In this second print “The Fireplace, Table and Chair”, the focus is clearly just these three subjects. This presentation is my preference for that very reason.

What I wanted to do was show two slightly different presentations of the same general subject matter so you can make your own assessment comparing the two. I believe they do tell slightly different stories for the reasons I have stated…..Thoughts?

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24 thoughts on “Spanish Patio – Two Slightly Different Perspectives

  1. philosophermouseofthehedge

    I like the second one best: 3’s
    Although the blue planter creates 3 “blues” in the top one, it’s distracting…I keep wanting to inch that blue pot over – maybe to overlap and add even more depth. But I get your putting it partly there to suggest there is more and as an invite to “walk” and explore/expand
    The 3 one seems to be waiting for/expecting/inviting a group to arrive shortly. The first one is like they have already left and the space is not empty waiting to be filled
    Visuals and perception of time is so intriguing

    1. Kirt D Tisdale Post author

      I love your observations and totally agree with your last comment! As I was putting the blog together…I had some of the same thoughts about the blue pot, but it was useful to give an example if nothing else!! As always, thanks for stopping by and for your feedback!

  2. Nancy

    I like the second one best. I feel like I am in the space. Where as the first one … I feel as though I’m just taking a glance.

    Nice sketches!

  3. Teagan R. Geneviene

    Hi Kirt. First off — Wow! To have such a lovely patio. Love that door.
    I enjoyed your narrative because your thought process combined with the description of how you create is fascinating. I understand your point, but I like the first one best. It makes me feel like there is more that might happen in that scene. The tighter view limits my imagination. That’s just my preference and way. Both are fabulous. Some of your best work. Hugs.

    1. Kirt D Tisdale Post author

      Thanks Teagan…it truly is a beautiful patio and I was trying to capture the essences of it. I appreciate your feedback on your preference…it just reinforces the point that as in writing a slight difference in presentation can change the perception and feel of a piece!! I appreciate you stopping by and taking the time to give me your feedback!!

  4. Dan Antion

    I like the second one, but they are both pretty cool, Kirt. What I like more it the way perspective changes the view. I think that is something we need to apply elsewhere in life. Nicely done.

    1. Kirt D Tisdale Post author

      Thanks for the feedback…that one is my preference, too. In real life, the patio is so beautiful, warm and cozy…just tried to do it justice!! Thanks for stopping by!

  5. Diane Henders

    I like your technique, and what a lovely subject! Like you, I prefer the “cropped” version – the composition feels more balanced to me. I was prepared to like the one with the potted plant better (just because I like potted plants and tend to prefer landscape instead of portrait orientation); but the wider print places the door close to the centre of the composition, making it feel “all about the door” to me. Still, though, the door is worth focusing on, and both prints are beautiful!

    1. Kirt D Tisdale Post author

      Thanks Diane…isn’t it interesting how just a slightly different viewpoint makes such a visual difference? The patio itself is really beautiful…they did a great job designing it…the fireplace takes a back seat in these prints, but is stunning on its own especially on a cool evening with a nice fire burning. Appreciate your feedback and thank you for stopping by!!

  6. gillmorris

    Kirt, I love both, your art never fails to impress me! But, I think I like the first one more because I like the blue of the pot on the right and it mirrors the blue tiling on the fireplace. I really like the softening effect around the edges of both prints too. Have a fab weekend 🙂


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