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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

Recent News

May 2019; The curators at Saatchi Art which is the world’s leading online art gallery based in Los Angeles are now selling a selection of my original paintings.

What a lovely surprise, celebrity Russell Osman came to our house this evening on his travels to see us and collect his commissioned portrait (April 2019). Russell was great company, a lovely chap and leads a very interesting life.

My husband and I really enjoyed hearing about his world wide travels, commentating on the India Super League, his lovely family and lots more. This guy really should consider writing an autobiography to add to his list of talents.

What a lovely surprise, celebrity Russell Osman came to our house this evening on his travels to see us and collect his commissioned portrait (April 2019). Russell was great company, a lovely chap and leads a very interesting life.

My husband and I really enjoyed hearing about his world wide travels, his acting roll in Escape to Victory with Sylvester Stallone and Michael Caine, commentating on the India Super League, his lovely family and lots more. This guy really should consider writing an autobiography to add to his list of talents.

Portrait beginings

portraits by Sophie Huddlestone

In 2018 I started to learn how to paint portraits, which is considerably different to painting fluffy animals. 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 is the first oil & watercolour combination portrait, my Artist Sophie blog post will tell you more about this painting.

Past News

I started my painting career in 2011 in my maiden name of 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 physical galleries and focus on the online customers because it was more flexible around child care. Although around fifteen of my paintings still hang on display in Vision House in Leicestershire to this day. 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. Also that year 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 I decided my hubby was here to stay, so I made a career name change and from April 2018 I’d sign all future paintings in my married name of Sophie Huddlestone. I also changed from my old www.sixfootsophie.co.uk website and learned how to build a website myself, which is this www.sophiehuddlestone.com website.

In June 2018 I also created ‘Artist Sophie’ my latest 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.

In 2018 I began learning portraiture and in March 2019 had my first commission portrait, nothing like jumping straight into the deep end as it was for sporting celebrity Russell Osman.

A butterfly painting that I posted onto Pinterest has been pinned by over 1.5k folks but in April 2019 I sadly removed the gallery page from this website. It displayed hundreds of lovingly created previously sold paintings. The rise in popularity of my art resulted in some of the paintings being copied. It is theft and legal proceedings were taken to prove it. To remove the temptation for future copying I removed the gallery page from my website. 

Examples mentioned above:

www.countryswirls.com

www.redbubble.com/people/sophieappleton/

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Thanks for reading my news page, Sophie H.

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Artist Sophie Appleton Huddlestone

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