Paintings Page

Original Paintings by Sophie Huddlestone. Portraits with a twist and animal paintings with a twirl. This page will explain about the different types of paintings to choose from, such as a watercolour, oil painting or mixed media artwork. 

paintings artworks by Sophie Huddlestone

Unusual Painting Techniques


As well as my unusual swirly style of painting I also paint with rare techniques. For example watercolours painted directly on to a canvas or canvas board. (The floral example above is watercolours painted onto a canvas). You can get a watercolour print on a canvas anywhere, but these are hand painted. It is unusual because watercolours need a certain type of surface to grip hold of and I use special mediums to enable the watercolours to dance and swirl on any surface.

Another technique that I sometimes use is to combine with watercolours and 3D texture paste, zoomed in eye example above. This gives a similar effect to a thickly applied oil painting. The watercolours really misbehave themselves with this method and it’s unpredictability adds interesting patterns.

Watercolours on paper. The different pigments of each paint, its opacity or translucency and the way different pigments interact with each other can take years of experience to master. A decade of experience, and as any watercolour artist may agree, it can still be surprising. I enjoy painting on a variety of sizes from 3.5″ up to 16″. I use artists quality watercolour paper 300g/m2  (140Lbs) acid free and archival. By using artists quality watercolour paints the colours float and mix much better giving a brighter fresh look.


Oil paintings could be painted on to a canvas, canvas textured paper or a canvas board. This giraffe example is oil paints painted onto a canvas.

Oil paintings take three to six months to dry before they are up for sale, unlike watercolours which dry straight away. It will state if the oil painting has been varnished, the varnish is a professional satin or gloss varnish which also gives the artwork UV protection.


Self Portrait called 'Forgetful' - by Sophie Huddlestone 2019. Walking to fetch my daughter from school I had forgotten my blue tinted Irlen Syndrome glasses and was squinting with the brightness of the sun. Painted onto a canvas board and 3D watercolour texture paste was added. Portrait painted in watercolours, the hat and background are in oil paints. I really went wild with this one to see how exaggerated  I could go, mixing complementary colours yellow and blue bringing the main focus on the squinting eyes and the uncomfortable feeling to this portrait.

Mixed media is a combination of different types of paints or other materials. The latest adventure is combining oil paints with watercolour paints and has taken several months experimentation to perfect (portrait example above). I could not find any information on the internet on how to mix these opposite mediums (oil verses water) so perhaps it is a rare combination.

Hidden Smile

Most watercolour paintings that have delicate swirls of black also have a hidden smile face. It is only a couple of mm in size, have fun finding it.


The Artist Sophie blog will display paintings coming up for sale soon. Click on any of these individual posts for more information about that artworks development and painting process. It is blog on the main menu above or go to when you have finished you can return to this full artists website via ‘website’ on its menu. 

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Available Artworks

Sophie’s online shop (main menu above) has the available hand painted artworks and prints for you to purchase today.

A Sophie Surprise may be waiting for you on the sale page too!

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If you prefer to collect a purchased painting rather than postage, you can arrange a pick up from the artist’s office at 119 Factory Road, Hinckley, Leicestershire, LE10 0DP England.


Want to get an answer to a question quickly? Messenger me @SwirlySophArt (Artist Sophie Appleton Huddlestone). All contact details are on the main menu above on the contact page.

Extra Info

by Sophie Huddlestone

Sometimes original paintings include a free postcard which were artworks created while I used my maiden name of Sophie Appleton (from the early days on my site). If your parcel included a free postcard then why not get yourself a frame and have an extra picture to place in your home. Here are a few examples in small grey chunky frames.

Please refresh your browser each time you visit me, I may have just added a new painting.

The Shop: Items are only posted to the payment address. View the postage costs when your address is added, postage costs depends on your location. The padlock icon in the address bar verifies encryption safety. A variety of payment methods are available such as PayPal, bank cards, apple pay etc. 

FRAMED or UNFRAMED: It will state on individual paintings if a card mount or picture frame is included with the painting. Most paintings are sold unframed – as in no glass picture frame – due to such a variety of personal choice when it comes to frames. You can view some of my paintings in frames on the reviews page. Generally I advise you get a bigger frame with a card mount. For example a 12″ painting would suit a 14″ frame and they usually come with a card mount making it the correct size inside the frame.

POSTAGE: I post most paintings flat packed in several layers of cardboard. If the painting is very large it may be posted in a strong cardboard tube. Postage will be with Royal Mail – either recorded or special delivery for U.K. and International Tracked or Tracked and signed for the rest of the world. After posting your item a note with the tracking code will be emailed to you. (You can view the royal mail official website to enter this tracking code).

AUTHENTICITY: Your painting or print will include a certificate card, signed, with purchase details, which proves the authenticity of this purchase direct from me, the Artist.

COPYRIGHT: The copyright wording is edited onto the photo, it is not painted across the actual artwork itself. You would own the painting but the full copyrights remain with myself the artist © Copyright Sophie Huddlestone. I do not permit any person or entity to print, copy or replicate my art in any way, physical or virtual form  

SMILE: If you look very carefully on the whimsical cute style paintings you will eventually find a secret marking of a small smile face :-) mixed in among the delicate black ink detail. Some people look and look and can not find one for a long time, but there is one on there, although only a couple of mm in size. Have fun finding it. On paintings without black swirl details or the more unusual fine art (composite style art) there will be no smile face.

REFUNDS: You can read the purchase, refunds and privacy policies on the POLICIES page.

Keep it yours

Remember you paid for your painting or print so help prevent illegal printing of it. If you show friends or family via text or email etc always obstruct the image, for example with a bit of paper. 

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