IF: Flawed Flotation
Flawed it is the theme... without getting to negative, I thought of summer camp and the many half-baked rowboats they had in the water. I've been a fan of Hardie Gramatky and recently studying the fantastic lithographs of John A. Noble, each a master of water and ships. Hardie had a ability to allow the watercolor to work for him in a calligraphic way, and John knew his water and ships by hard-scrabble living on the docks of New Jersey. I suggest you look at both for inspiration.
This little guy got about 15 feet off the dock when the flaw was found... thank heaven for the life vest.
Flawed Flotation, WnN watercolor on Fabriano
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