A vessel contains things. Vases are vessels, your stomach is a vessel, and ships are vessels. All contain something or somethings within a hollow. Lots of things are vessels when you think about it.
“Well,” I thought to myself, “how to express ‘loose and free’?”
I thought about wild hair, lions and zebras on the veld, and all sorts of crazy things. Nothing felt right. Then the word “foot loose” came to mind, and, as they say, the rest is history.
“Foot loose” means traveling. What better way to travel than a luxurious sea voyage (and maybe a camel ride when you hit Cairo). Those wonderful vintage posters for ships to exotic and wondrous ports of call make you want to pack a steamer trunk and just go! Gouache lends itself perfectly to such classical posters, and I must say, painting this was a thrill – a puzzle – a delight. I hope you like it as much as I do!