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Artist Sophie Huddlestone’s art studio is in Leicestershire, England. I disappear from the bussel of family life, down the narrow garden path, past the trees and fish pond to the privacy of my own art studio (pictured above). Here I can be myself, allow my unusual quirks to shine and open my mind to new possibilities.

Copyright Sophie Huddlestone

NEWS: I’ve been working on a method to combine both oil paints and watercolour paints on the same painting. The surface you’d paint on for each medium is different, not to mention the actual painting process itself which is water verses oil. Since 2011 I’ve adored the way the chemicals in watercolour pigments dance and mix on the paper with unpredictability, and although I’m new to oil painting I admire its lush application and versatility in sculptural brush marks. I found plenty of information on oil paints but could not find any information as to mixing these two completely different mediums. Water mixable oil paints are available but the water element is for the cleaning of the brushes and mixing mediums are still used, plus I still needed to find the necessary surface for both these paints to grab hold of. After several months of challenging experimentation with endless art supplies, I finally cracked techniques and the necessary materials for painting either the oils first or the watercolours first, and continuing layering either until a finished painting is developed. This first attempt to combine the two is a portrait of Annie Huddlestone. My Artist Sophie blog post will tell you more about this painting.

Thanks for taking the time to read my waffel :-)

NEWS: I’ve been working on a method to combine both oil paints and watercolour paints on the same painting. The surface you’d paint on for each medium is different, not to mention the actual painting process itself which is water verses oil. Since 2011 I’ve adored the way the chemicals in watercolour pigments dance and mix on the paper with unpredictability, and although I’m new to oil painting I admire its lush application and versatility in sculptural brush marks. I found plenty of information on oil paints but could not find any information as to mixing these two completely different mediums. Water mixable oil paints are available but the water element is for the cleaning of the brushes and mixing mediums are still used, plus I still needed to find the necessary surface for both these paints to grab hold of. After several months of challenging experimentation with endless art supplies, I finally cracked techniques and the necessary materials for painting either the oils first or the watercolours first, and continuing layering either until a finished painting is developed. This first attempt to combine the two is a portrait of Annie Huddlestone. My Artist Sophie blog post will tell you more about this painting.

Thanks for taking the time to read my waffel :-)

old news: I started my career in 2011 in my maiden name of Artist Sophie Appleton. Soon some big hotels began to purchase my art as well as pubs, offices and homes. The author Lynda Page purchased 7 of my paintings in August and then my first exhibition for local artists was in Hinckley. From September 2012 a gallery in Lincolnshire (in Spalding) sold several of my paintings and a world wide site released ten of my flower paintings on to post cards in May of that year. After two years my website had become more popular and I decided to leave the galleries etc and go it alone. My Facebook page www.facebook.com/SwirlySophArt also began to grow in popularity, with some lovely comments from customers worldwide. In July 2015 I branched into embroidery again turning six of my paintings into beautiful embroidered sweatshirts and printed bags – via my husband – with our ‘Country Swirls’ range, named after my swirly style and the ‘Sophie :-)’ label because of the smile I add to paintings. www.countryswirls.com In April 2016 I started a range of Art replicas (prints) around 20 designs. Also branching into A.C.E.O. (miniature hand painted pictures) measuring only 64mm X 89mm. In 2016 I made the ‘Swirly Soph Art’ app which was intended for new and return customers, but later I updated it to also include a community for hobbyists with live chat and displaying other folks artwork too. In October 2017 I launched the ‘Eye Color Love’ and ‘Steampunk Bunny’ clothing and gift wear range on the global marketplace Redbubble, they make and sell the items and when something sells I get a small portion of the sales, but unfortunately so far its about enough to buy myself a coffee and slice of cake, so I wont be placing any more designs on there. My profile page for redbubble is www.redbubble.com/people/sophieappleton/ . After a busy few years selling 1,300 original paintings (from 2011 till early 2018) as Sophie Appleton, I decided my hubby was here to stay, so I made the change and from April 2018 I’d sign all future paintings in my married name of Sophie Huddlestone, which soon became shortened to ‘Sophie H’. I also changed from my old sixfootsophie.co.uk website and moved to this more sophisticated sophiehuddlestone.com website instead. In June 2018 I started ‘Artist Sophie’ my latest contemporary paintings blog which was then added to the menu above. www.artistsophie.com Perhaps if you can not remember my last name you’ll remember Artist Sophie dot com, and both sites are now linked together.

Enjoy :-)

www.countryswirls.com

www.redbubble.com/people/sophieappleton/

Read about how Sophie first became an artist or jump straight in and see what original paintings are for sale this week.