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Painting really is my true passion, if you are looking for unique paintings for your own home then you are in the right place. 

Welcome to Sophie Huddlestone’s full Artist website. A Leicestershire artist specialising in watercolours and expanding into oil paintings and mixed media.

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Artist Sophie: An interest in art began at 11 years of age with unusual drawing themes that were not your typical house, tree and rainbow. Embarrassed by these artworks they were bottled away and instead a path was journeyed towards cute animals and flower paintings. A contemporary watercolour artist creating and selling over 1,300 original paintings worldwide from 2011 to early 2018 while using my maiden name of Sophie Appleton. In March 2018 I decided to open up that bottle and include the weird paintings, as well as change to my married name of Sophie Huddlestone.

“If the unspoken rules of how a painting should look were contained in a bottle, then I’m going to shake it, twist the lid, and let creativity burst out of my swirly brain regardless of the consequences” Artist Sophie Huddlestone.

From the daft to the sensible, cute to classical, I cover all kinds of themes in my paintings for sale.

Watercolours: whimsical animal paintings are a pleasure to paint and there are plenty of new watercolours created every few weeks, the only difference being that they are now created in my married name, paintings signed with Sophie H or SH.

Secret Smile: Look very closely at the watercolour painting,  eventually you may find a small smile face :-) mixed in among all the swirls of the pen work. It is only a couple of mm in size.

Oil Paintings: My first set of oil paints arrived in the post in April 2018. Being used to watercolours it was a bit like painting with butter. This first oil painting looked quite traditional until you notice the UFO under the tree branches. Each painting has at least six months of drying time before it can be varnished and up for sale. 

Portraits: Inspired by the Sky Arts portrait artist of the year programs I decided to have a go at painting portraits. This Robbie Williams portrait (watercolours) was liked by Robbie Williams dad on twitter (not by Robbie himself). I altered the tattoo to give the painting a ‘time of life’ twist, it was inspired by his latest book Reveal. I called the painting Vealer (an anagram of Reveal, a young calf to the slaughter of fame). As portraiture is new to me I still have a lot to learn and will be experimenting in different mediums and styles.

Composite Art: The fine art style and weird looking artworks. My current interests and narratives are based on the complexity of hidden human emotions and adding messages within the art, or adding aspects which will be very different in hundreds of years to come. If a painting speaks to you and draws you in for a longer gaze, perhaps your subconscious has already deciphered a connection with it. More info about this painting is on an Artist Sophie blog post.

Artists app: called ‘Swirly Soph Art‘ available for free on the App Store and Google Play. It is for new & returning customers, plus bargains, competiotions, live chat, app users art etc.

Sophie's Story

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