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This Blog is Sophie's story continued, my adventures in the world of creativity.



March 2017


Just lately my painting time has been quite a luxury, our daughter no longer takes her afternoon naps and is not yet at a nursery. Having a 15yr old son too, I know full well that the preschool years fly by so quickly. I'm more than happy to wait another year until I can paint more regularly. For those precious occasions that I do paint something I have set up a free reminder service which will send you an email showing you my latest original artwork.

View the FREE !!!! page, to add your email address. By the way once that new painting it is sold that article may get deleted so please view your email within 10 days :-)


February 2017


This commission painting of a rose was personalized with a name added to the painting. So it was not obvious at first glance it was added to the leaf with paint.




November 2016


The last couple of days I thought I'd take a break from painting and try my hand at creative writing. Don't worry though the paint brushes will be out again tomorrow. Being dyslexic I doubt if writing is ever a career I could expand on, I just fancied a change in creativity.


They say if you are going to write then do it about something you know about, so my story is based on my own experiences from hospitalizations with bipolar 1 disorder. I have only written a few chapters. If you do visit the link to read the Alien supernatural type story then please 'leave a reply' of your own comments, as a newbie writer I'd love any advice. (For you to tick the like button you would first need to become a Wordpress member).

The blog story I have had a go at writing is called Sectioned Alien and it is on https://sectionedalien.wordpress.com/  You can read a couple of chapters now by clicking on the links I've added below, closing each link page, to return to this website. I have also added the home Page link for you to view even more chapters.

Watch out you may get hooked, I've already had folks asking when the next chapter will be ready.

Chapter 1 Beginnings

Chapter 2 Extraction

Sectioned Alien Home Page  (all other publicly available chapters).


October 2016


Sometimes I add a commission painting on here and this one has to be my favorite one of the month. This Dodo painting was created at a customers request to have special dates and names added. As the customer wanted feminine accessories on the Dodo I added these personal words and dates to the handbag. Commission paintings are £95 free post in U.K.



September 2016

Being dyslexic I just hope I've not made any spelling errors on these new flyers I've just ordered, it's to late now if I have. I will be putting one of these into each wrapped parcel I post, along with my website leaflet, just need to sit back and wait for them to arrive now.


Below are the quick links, to click on, to consider downloading this app:

My app on Google Play

My app on iTunes



August 2016

We very rarely go away on a holiday but this year we did. Having had a lovely week away in Devon, Woolacombe, I painted several scenic watercolours. I sold them all straight away but kept this one for myself, as it was the view from where we stayed.


Also I have started giving away free postage discount codes now and then. If you already have the free phone app 'Swirly Soph Art' you will have seen these codes on its 'Bargains' icon.



July 2016

FREE PHONE APP

I have not been painting much this week as I am busy building a free phone app with a live feed to my latest new art, as soon as the paint is dry. You can download it for android phones on google play, and just recently it was also approved by apple and added to there list of apps for IOS iPhones. Search for it on those phone app sites, it's called Swirly Soph Art.

It's a great little app for art lovers or new and return customers. Some people pop on it just when they are stuck for buying a birthday prezzie to see what new original art or bargains are on offer, others have a more involved interaction and use all its quirky little icons.



June 2016


My very first ever ACEO watercolours. These will be original hand painted miniature watercolours size 2.5" X 3.5". People display them on mini easels, collect them in albums or swap & trade them. After several failed attempts at painting smaller in the past, they say try try try again, well I have, and finally I am producing my first ever range. ACEO stands for 'Art Cards, Editions and Originals'. Please view the new page added called 'Gallery ACEO'.


You Tube Video

Click the YouTube sentence below to open a new page on YouTube to watch my new mini video. You can close the page afterwards and continue to read my story so far on here :-)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MuG1hwkvDpM



May / June 2016

The last few weeks I have been busy painting several commission paintings from photographs. I currently charge £95 to paint from a photo. This male ginger cat is known for the mardy looking faces he pulls and the owner was thrilled with this colourful painting which captured his intense expression. size 14" X 10" watercolour and pen painting.


This is Millie & Maisie Cockapoo's on paper size 14"X10".


Commission paintings are not always of your pets. This is from a photo of a garden, its my own back garden and I kept this one for our own little cottage.



April 2016

My 'Art 4 SALE' painting replicas are now being sold in some shops. This one is 'Contactus' picture framing and gifts shop in Hinckley, Leicestershire.




March / April 2016

For the first time ever I have started producing art replicas. They are on watercolour paper which makes them look very similar to an original and each print sold will have an extra pencil signature as proof of authenticity, (being in pencil it makes any fake copy's easy to follow up with court proceedings). Please view my 'Art 4 SALE' page regularly to see if new ones have been added.





March Facebook Auction 2016

Well I'm trying something new this month. I'm selling my new 'Loppie Love' painting with a D.I.Y. auction on my Facebook page 'Sophie Appleton Watercolour Artist'. Its quite easy for you to bid, you just click on painting on relevant the FOR SALE facebook post post (to make sure the comments are on my artists stream and not someone's elses forwarded stream) type in the amount your willing to pay on the comments section and raise it if someone else bids higher. I just hope if it does sell it will be going to a real bunny loving home :-) SORRY NOW SOLD.

Below shows the photo I used as inspiration from this painting which came from a lovely bunny called Binky owned by Victoria Nicole . This real bunny has its own Facebook page - Binky The'Bunny - such a cute house rabbit.


Considering having me paint your own pet in this swirly colourful style? To have a 12"X9" watercolour and pen picture created from your own emailed photograph it is £95 free post in U.K. (and £11 trackable postage costs for the rest of the world). More details on ordering a painting on the 'Order/Payment' page.


March 2016

Great news for all of the 1200 people who have previously bought a painting from me, your art work has increased in its value, the prices now for a re-paint of the one you bought has increased, in some cases doubled. Hold onto your paintings as they are getting more popular, and if you don't own one yet then grab one before the prices go up even more :-)


Easter Sunday Competition

I'm giving away this painting do you want it? Simply 'like' share & comment on the competition post on my Facebook page! Winner picked Easter Sunday 27/03/16 (optional - on my actual main Facebook page tick my 'like' button if you want to see more of my stuff in your news feed). Spreading Easter bunny love with this FREE original painting, it is not a print, 12"X9" unframed 'Blue Eyed Bunny'.

On Facebook page 'Sophie Appleton Watercolour Artist'.



February Competition 2016

I'm spreading the love again this valentines by giving away a free tote bag.

I'm Giving away a large watercolour printed tote bag on my Facebook page. Winner picked on Mothers Day 06/03/16. Search face book for 'Sophie Appleton Watercolour Artist' to enter.


Update on 6/4/16 the winner was selected out of 154 enteries via an old fashioned paper draw out of a hat by my 2yr old daughter - Sarah Ridgewell - she chose the giraffe tote bag and it will be in the post on its way tomorrow. I'm looking forward to launching the next free give away competition on my Facebook page soon.


February 2016


As my two year old daughter takes up more of my time, I have not painted as many pictures this month. But we have launched new printed T-Shirts for sale, and printed large shopping bags.

The first batch sold out in a week, so my husband has been very busy making more of our Country Swirls range, which I have now added to my paintings web site. Please view the T-Shirts, Sweaters, and the Gifts pages on this site for more details.



January 2016


Happy new year to all my lovely customers! I've started this year with the new launch of embroidered sweatshirts with collars from our new Country Swirls range which I designed. I've been busy making the face book page '' Country Swirls Gifts by Sophie'' I hope you pop on and press the 'like' button so you can see new items as I post them on there. Press on the underlined wording to go straight to Facebook to view it now.

 facebook.com/countryswirls


I also have a new double leaflet with my paintings on one side and the Country Swirls gifts on the other side.


Christmas 2015

Here is one of several commission paintings I did over Christmas. ''My auntie absolutely loved the picture of blue (the dogs name) Thank you so much''. Cath xxx


Also this week, I have just started to sell my paintings on Etsy.com (as well as eBay.co.uk). The on line shop Etsy accepts all kinds of payment where as on my web site I only accept PayPal cheque or postal order. The name of my shop on Etsy is called 'Country Swirls'. As with on ebay you can search on Etsy for 'by Sophie Appleton' and all my items will appear.


December 2015


Here is a photograph of some of the first items which have been made, ready to sell just in time for Christmas 2015.


Our Country Swirls swing tickets and sweatshirt labels for the new range of gift items we are making, they have just been made and look lovely. The watercolour effect card looks great and my trade mark smiling face is on all labels. (Because I always add a secret smiling face in the ink detail on all my watercolour paintings). If you have bought a painting from me, have you found your smiling face yet?



October 2015


My husband and I have decided to start a new business selling my paintings onto gift items such as embroidered sweatshirts, printed shopping bags and T-Shirts. We have called it 'Country Swirls' (press the underlined wording below to go straight to the site). So that I can still use all my spare time on watercolour painting, he is taking over making the small ranges and I can just carry on with the thing I love the most, which is watercolour painting.

(web site) www.countryswirls.com

I'm looking forward to the coming months as we add new gift items for sale on Country Swirls.


July 2015


Before I was a watercolour artist I used to design and create embroidery’s. The beginning of July 2015 I have returned to embroidery Art and decided to turn some of my popular watercolour paintings into beautiful embroidered  pictures.


February 2015

(Sorry Sold) Number 1000 Floral Whisper watercolour and pen painting. Textured watercolour paper Size 31cm (12inch) by 23cm (9inch), Image size approximately 26cm high and 19.5cm wide.

I have sold my 1000'th painting this week. Painting since May 2011 each one has been a pleasure.


December 2014


December has been very busy with commission paintings. Various beautiful pets from photographs and gallery requests have been painted just in time for christmas. Above is a painting of the Burbage post office which sadly has closed down after years of service. It was painted as a surprise gift for the owner on leaving. 


The two dogs above were completed before Christmas too. All paintings from a photograph are £95. The image size will be around 12"X9" and is available to be painted onto watercolour paper sized 12"X9" or 14"X10" or 16"X12" all at the same cost.


November 2014


My lovely Hubby has bought me a lovely pair of apple earrings to celebrate that all my paintings are sold with my maiden name signature of ' Appleton '.


October 2014


This month I am experimenting on a more textured watercolour paper. (A zoomed in section of a painting above shows an example) It is slightly more expensive and still extremely good quality which I am used to. The textured surface will alter the way the paint floats and moves, gliding over the paper in a different way before it sinks into the paper to dry. Also the textured watercolour paper (12'' X 9'')  is slightly longer at 31cm long where as the ordinary watercolour paper is 30.5cm long


August 2014


My new mini certificate cards have arrived from vista print. I decided on one of my popular chicken designs for the background. I place one of these cards with each painting sold as your own certificate of purchase.


This is Henry the dog, a lovely commission painting I did this month from an emailed photograph. All paintings from a photograph are £95. The image size will be around 12"X9" and is available to be painted onto watercolour paper sized 12"X9" or 14"X10" or 16"X12" all at the same cost.


July 2014


Above is a watercolour painting of Barney , 12'' X 9''  a lovely cocker spaniel painting completed this July 2014. Commissions usually take two to three weeks to complete. Simply email me your photograph and it is payment with pay pal. All paintings from a photograph are £95. The image size will be around 12"X9" and is available to be painted onto watercolour paper sized 12"X9" or 14"X10" or 16"X12" all at the same cost.


A commission watercolour of a beautiful couple of dogs , 10'' X 14'' one is a labradoodle and the other is a Spanish water dog, painted in April 2014. £95.


March 2014


It is always a joy to hear from my customers and Carol Billingham from Essex has sent me this lovely photograph of three paintings which she purchased from this web site. She said "Thanks for the paintings Sophie, they look great, well worth the wait." (As I was closed for January and February) "Just what I needed to finish off our new extension. I'm so chuffed with the paintings, they look great up and everyone who has seen them has admired them I would be happy for you to put the photo on your web page and tell everyone that I love them, Carol x"


January & February 2014

I will be unable to paint commissions during January and February due to other commitments and also coming to the end of my pregnancy. I'm looking forward to motherhood all over again in 2014. So there may be a slightly lesser amount of paintings by me due to family commitments but in the mean time I will do my best to list new paintings when possible. After a successful two and a half years, and selling over 800 original paintings, it is a career that I certainly won't be away from for long, and hopefully in a few months will be back on track selling lots more happy art works for your loving homes.


November 2013  Lost / Stolen Painting

Have you seen these lost / stolen paintings? They were both in the same parcel going from Burbage post office to Torpoint in Cornwall. Posted on 4th November 2013 and have never arrived. Please contact me if you see them as they have not been returned yet. I have only ever painted these designs once so there are no others like it, and I never allow prints of my work only original watercolours. I will remove this paragraph from my web site if they are returned. Out of 800 sold paintings its a shame when even just one parcel goes missing.



July 2014 Missing Parcel update

The paintings are still missing and have not been found.


November 2013

I have booked a table, and will be selling several of my paintings at this event in November.

Saturday 23rd November 2013 , between 5.30pm-8.30pm

The Charity Christmas Market. Rendezvous Room at Vision House, 119 Factory Road, Hinckley, Leicestershire, LE10 0DP


There will be loads of other arts, crafts, gifts, food and drink available. So visit us and get those perfect Christmas gifts and help us do our bit for charity.


October 2013

I have had several commission pieces of work to do this month.


Below is the Burmese mountain dog 'Troy' which I did late 2012


More examples below of commission paintings from November / December 2013.


Photographs can be emailed to me and then it takes me two to three weeks to complete. All paintings from a photograph are £95. The image size will be around 12"X9" and is available to be painted onto watercolour paper sized 12"X9" or 14"X10" or 16"X12" all at the same cost.



July 2013

This month my son has very kindly made a face book page for me called ; 

Sophie Appleton Watercolour Artist

If you are a face book user please look it up and tick the ''like'' button. Lots and lots of photographs of my paintings which are in more close up detail than the miniature photos on my web site. Plus in him teaching me how to use Facebook I now do it all myself and post direct links to the eBay listed paintings I'm selling. (NEW UPDATE ADDED - on 17.2.16 I have added a BUY NOW shop tab on my Facebook page). You can press on the link below (the underlined sentence) which will take you directly to the face book page.

SophieAppletonWatercolourArtist

It's messenger is @SwirlySophArt for you to message me on Facebook.

When it comes to the internet though I'm still more at home in my art studio, gadget free, surrounded by the old fashioned pleasure of painting and drawing with my little old dog curled up next to me.


June 2013

I have had my second batch of leaflets printed this month, and I have slightly altered the design so that my popular Giraffe is on the front cover.


April 2013

I have recently set up a twitter account @CreativeMrsH  (or search for 'Sophie Appleton Art') where you could follow me, see all my latest PAINTINGS 4 SALE and read my general chit chat. Join twitter and read my tweets of a creative mind at work.  


March 2013

This Snowdrop painting will be part of a charity raffle at a summer fete on 13th July 2013. It is for the snowdrop charity for brain injured children. Go along to the fete held at Snowdrop, Middle Beer, Brithem Bottom, Cullompton, Devon, EX15 1NB, and join in this important fund raiser where all the money raised goes to the treatment which they provide for the children.


February 2013

In February I have donated an original 'Iris Swirl' watercolour, painted on valentines day and ten post cards to the Glenfield Mental health unit, Heather ward. I hope they will frame them and hang them up to bring a little joy to those patients spending time in there. Having had illness myself in the past I have found painting a great form of relaxation. Spreading the love for valentines day ;-) 2013


January 2013

A happy new year to everyone 2013. This month I will be having my new flyer leaflets printed. I designed them myself so I hope the spelling is correct !


December 2012

I got married end of December 2012. Mr & Mrs Huddlestone, (or Mrs H as my husband calls me) My husband is more than happy to share me with my other love of watercolour painting. I am sure that the change in career helped me become a lot happier person in general, and love also brings out the best in all of us, to love and be loved for all your faults as well as the good stuff is the real thing, and it was worth waiting until I was 39 years old to find my Mr Right and feel so happy. I'm sure my brother Garrick (who died in a road accident in 1999) would have been thrilled to bits to see his little 6 foot sis on her wedding day smile so much.


December 2012

News this month, that I sold my 500th original watercolour painting early December 2012 'Love you' Chickens.

Its been a fab couple of years of painting , and hope that 2013 is just as busy. Thank you to all who have inspired me with kind words, and a special thanks to all my return customers. And a thank you from my son, who can now enjoy having a stay at home mum.


November 2012


An Update from the postcard store. They wrote on their web site news letter October 24th 2012 :-

''Have you seen our beautiful watercolour postcards which were created by the talented artist Sophie Appleton especially for us? Well, when we got these postcards ready for print we photographed the beautiful original paintings. Which means we have ten, stunning original Sophie Appleton watercolours for you to claim and grace your walls with.''

They started a flower quiz and said '' it is really worth entering because we have ten stunning original watercolours by the talented artist Sophie Appleton to give away. We loved these so much we made them into postcards and they have been one of our best sellers.''

I was thrilled to see such lovely comments written on their news letter, to have my art work as the prize and most of all to know that my ten floral designs have turned out to be one of their best selling ranges.



September 2012

From October 2012 a selection of my paintings will be available to buy from the Lincolnshire Gallery. They are all originals and not prints, ranging from animals to floral . 

  • The Lincolnshire Gallery, 
  • Millfield Nursery,
  • Spalding Common,
  • Spalding,
  • Lincolnshire,
  • PE11 3JZ.
  • Tel: 01775 722921


April 2012

The post card store on the internet has approached me to have permission to sell ten of my floral designs on post cards for world wide sales. Unfortunately I do not receive any commission from the postcards sales, but they have been a good way to get my work more widely known. I sold them ten original watercolour paintings and agreed for them to be photographed for use on post cards only, in exchange for some free postcards for me to keep. When starting up as an artist all publicity is welcome, even though I would not receive any commission from post card sales. The designs on the post cards do not have my hall mark smiley face in the ink detail as they were designs painted at the beginning of my painting career. Below is the first print run which arrived later this month (April 2012) for my approval.

Postcards for with my watercolour paintings printed onto them.

  • Echinops Ritro
  • Wild Blue Flowers - bluebells
  • Sweet Peas
  • Wild Iris
  • Dancing Thistles
  • Wild Flowers
  • Vinca Minor
  • Coccinea Sunrise
  • Blue Poppies
  • Papara Orientale


August 2011

Lynda Page , the author , purchased six of my paintings. She is busy writing her new book which should be out later this year.


October 22nd until 2nd December 2011

The exhibition Gallery at Hinckley, Leicestershire is showing three art paintings of my work and they can be purchased from the exhibit.

This is a photograph of me next to my three paintings in the Hinckley gallery in October 2011.


Wild Iris Swirl. The wild iris painting is a wash of colourful watercolour tones .Having irlen syndrome (an aversion to daylight) I wear blue tinted glasses , this compensates my view of the painting and makes the finished painting result in brighter colours.


This is a close up (of the above painting) showing the swirls and detail on the iris .


Blue Corn Flowers.My floral focus is not on the background (the past) nor the foreground (the future) but only on the flowers being directly viewed (the present). After all the past has gone, the future doesn’t yet exist the only reality is the present.


Dancing thistles. I try to let my brush dance over the page making fluffy thistles have movement and vibrant colour.

I look forward to my next exhibition.


May 2011


This is my art studio which was built at the bottom of our garden in 2011 so that I can work & look after the family. (Photograph taken in 2015).


Our quaint house in a village in Leicestershire, England, where we live, was supposedly built in 1485 which was the year of the battle of Bosworth and our ancestor Sir Huddlestone fought and died in that battle.



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Sophie  :-)