Between 1798 and 1800 the US fought a very successful undeclared naval war against Napoleon's France. This is a watercolor copy of a Montague Dawson painting that depicts the 44-gun USF Constellation taking on and defeating the larger 50-gun frigate La Vengeance.
This is a 10x14 watercolor - a copy of a Montague Dawson painting.
As I am prone to do, I overworked it. It's inexperience. I didn't like my background, so I tried to darken it. Mistake. I kept working the sails to get them perfect. Mistake. Never got the water the way I wanted...and finally just conceded defeat. In the Army I always said, "don't let perfect be the enemy of good." I need to remember this in painting.
Overall - it's not terrible. But it had a lot of unrealized potential. C&C welcome.