Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Chinatown roofs--rooves...however you say it...for Mr. Toasts Creative Tuesdays


Chinatown ACEO, pencil



I am just terrible at architecture.  I don’t enjoy drawing or painting straight man-made lines.  Mr. Toast, you really had to make us all think outside the box this time, which although is very good for creativity, does sometimes result in a bit of head scratching.  Since I detest using rulers, I had to figure out something that had enough curves that didn’t require the use of too many measuring devices. 

Light bulb goes off…(the beginning of most ideas) and what do you know--memories of my trip to San Francisco’s Chinatown came flooding back and soon became little sketches.  Yes, an ACEO developed right before my very eyes! 

I just spent four days entertaining relatives and didn't have much time for blogging--or creating.  I will, however, be visiting all the other entries very soon and you should too!  :-)

23 comments:

Heather said...

FABULOUS, ACEO - Great idea - I agree, I was scratching my head, too...thinking what to do!
This is really well done, and i love the colors and un-ruled lines of the pagoda.
went to SF once, but never got to China town...would love to go back!
we missed you! xo

Julia Christie said...

Great sketch! Hard to believe you don't like drawing buildings! Love the roof!
Smiles

Marilou of Lulu's Lovlies and Heartful Creations said...

Thanks for stopping by Heartful Creations, I love all your sweet comments, Hugs Marilou

craftattack said...

Great sketch of China Town! Hugs, Valerie Off to look at Mr Toast!

Gail H. Ragsdale said...

Great ACEO! I'm lousy at buildings, too many straight lines! Being from California I spent many a time in San Francisco and Chinatown while showing horses at the Cow Palace. Your ACEO fits right in with my memories :)

Marlene said...

You did fantastic on this. We are the opposite in that I love the discipline and control of man made lines and like architectural drawing.
Missed you.

Judy Adamson said...

I know exactly what you mean about painting/drawing architecture so I think you've done brilliantly with this one! My answer to architectural subjects is, as you may have noticed, to paint them with a large tree in front of them!

Daniella said...

I love it!! How awesome are you? Making such brilliant work on such a little piece of cardstock!! That is incredible!!

I am having a giveaway on my blog. It is Monday's post. Just leave a comment for a chance!! Good luck!
xxDaniella

Linda said...

Hi Crystal, TY for dropping by and all the positive vibes, Your blog is really flying now isnt it.
It really made me smile about your Black hole of a handbag.:) Lindax I have one of those too.

Lee said...

Love the colorful buildings in chinatown - great little painting!

Purple Pony Art said...

This turned out pretty good! Those straight lines can be intimidating, as well as perspective. What a great way to remember San Francisco too!

Wanda said...

Oh I love your rendering of Chinatown roofs. So unique and colorful.

Also there is a mystical air about it that I really like.

maddyrose said...

Wonderful sketch. China town has many interesting details to work with. The curves and straight lines worked together for an atractive blend and the colors used just made this perfection.

Diana Evans said...

oh wow!!! love your take on roof tops!!! this is beautiful!!!

Melisa said...

Now that is a cool roof!

Missy said...

What a great take on the theme! I too dislike straight man made lines, you did a lovely job!

linda said...

Great lines! What a lovely colourful drawing. I like the way the texture of the paper is coming through.

Christine said...

wow this is really good! I thought of a pagoda but it looked too difficult for me. Wonderful work.

Betsy said...

What do you mean 'terrible with lines'? LOL..I think it's beautiful!

Mmm said...

Crystal, this is is AMAZING. I love it. What a great idea for the theme. Love love love that Chinese pagaoda roof in particular.

you know, I hate drawing straight lines too even though I can. I tend not to do that as you can tell. I don;t care if they are wonky--it adds a unique signature.

Dara Marlynne said...

So awesome!!! Love the texture and colors, and great job on the lines!

Magic Love Crow said...

Crystal, great job! I think you are too hard on yourself! Excellent aceo! Take Care ;o)

pve design said...

I love drawing buildings and I would love to share a few pointers that I learned years ago. happy to e-mail you. Love the one you did!
pve

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