Marine artistry!

The painting (above): An ocean-going tug and supply vessel heads towards a North Sea oil rig during one of the regular tempests that sweep this vital piece of ocean between the United Kingdom and southern Scandinavia.

The artist: Marine Artist Robert Lloyd has  a worldwide reputation for producing visually stunning and technically accurate paintings for the marine industry, private individuals and museum collections.

His work above captures to perfection the drama – the turbulent seas….the leaden skies….the wave-tossed ships….the danger….the thrill – and the expertise and professionalism necessary to survive, and thrive….as man battles the elements.

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One of my other favorite (and there are quite a few!) paintings by Robert Lloyd helps illustrate the wide spectrum of his work….

….the classically gorgeous and graceful Swedish America Line passenger liner Kungsholm. In his painting below, Lloyd beautifully depicts Kungsholm as she approaches completion at the famous John Brown shipyard in Clydebank, Scotland in early 1966. 

The ship under construction next to her, stern visible beneath the cranes in the background, is the soon-to-be iconic queen of the seas, Cunard Lines’ Queen Elizabeth 2 (QE2)….completed two years later in 1968.

Yvonne Rémond Murphy
Pencil+Paperby53 +10 minutes

A nice relaxing sketch before bedtime. Time to discover pencil….
I would love to commit to a sketch a day, but so far 10 minutes ever few days feels like a good start. The palette knife has been an extension of my arm for so long, so pencil & paper is a like a re awakening after a long sieste!

First impression of paper + pencil:
I can’t sketch as quickly as I usually do. I have to get used to the dragging sensation along the screen. This seems to happen mostly with the pencil tool.

I like the feel of the wood for sketching. I imagined needing more time to get used to it’s shape in my hand.

I was really looking forward to blending, however it seems too quick and not subtle enough for me. I think that my movements are too quick so I try to use the zoom for more precision.

I love the side profile of the pencil and the effects it creates. I know that this feature will be a great help from now on. More subtle shapes and blending possibilities.

Is there anything else I should know? ….

Q Why can I not sketch using white pencil on a blue or dark back ground? Is there a specific order I need to respect?

I will find out more little by little. I need to sketch more as it is not my greatest strength.

All tips are welcome.


Wow, I’ve just got back from a 90 minute dive with manta ray - what an amazing experience!

The location of the dive was Manta Point. A popular cleaning station for manta and an ideal site from which to observe and sketch these most incredible creatures.

Some of these guys are huge, around 6 metres wide. They’re pretty friendly too. Quite a few of them swam straight over the top of me. It’s the most exhilarating sensation. Not sure who was checking out who!

Farquhar McGillivray Knowles

Shoreline Scene, 1880


Aside from having the best name of all time, Knowles was also a prolific Canadian painter with a career that spanned over 40 years. Knowles developed his skills painting photos in the famous Notman & Fraser studios and made a killing during murals for rich peoples’ homes.

Knowles is perhaps best remembered for his impressionist seascapes.