SOPHIE'S STORY... After
12 years of employment in embroidery digitizing, I was made redundant. It was
2006 and the bills were coming in fast. Alone, with a son about to start
school, I decided to turn my different hobbies into a small business, while
looking for a ‘proper job’. I had a small jar with a mixture of foreign notes,
from holidays before my son was born. Taking this into a shop in Hinckley, I
eagerly awaited as the shop assistant counted the different currencies. It
resulted in a total of almost £120. With a determination to succeed and a small
amount of money, I got straight into making a website. Originally
this website was handmade cards. In 2008 I started Little Angels Party Nails.
Then using left over tester pots from home decorating I’d create basic outlines
of people on to canvases. This was all bringing in the pennies but not the
I returned to college as a mature student. Although I was qualified in
Art and Ceramics (degree in industrial ceramics) I lacked the skills needed for
the office jobs being advertised. It was thanks to my tutors at Hinckley
College whom spotted my difficulty in reading, their referral (at age 35)
diagnosed dyslexia and Irlen Syndrome. As a child I’d been affectionately
called dizzy, silly, clumsy etc with “at least you can draw”. Imagine my shock
when during the diagnosis I was also found to have a higher than average IQ. It
made me feel like the scarecrow from the wizard of Oz finally finding a brain!
(Irlen Syndrome is a problem with the brain’s ability to process visual
information and colours). In 2009 I passed all 8 exams, got my special blue tinted irlen glasses and gained
employment in a payroll office. Yay !
The artistic change happened in May 2011 at age 37 when I
was off work due to illness. I sat in the garden on that beautiful sunny day,
picked up an old watercolour set from my college days, and painted a picture of
some iris flowers. Little did I know that just one painting would start my
swirly watercolour adventure. The enjoyment from painting also helped with my
illness. This website soon became a gallery of paintings and the other hobbies
were removed. My art increased in popularity and value, so I didn’t return to
my office job, and instead watercolour painting became my ‘proper job’.
The illness mentioned is bipolar disorder. I
enjoy my bipolar and don’t see it as an illness; instead I see it as a gift.
Some times are more challenging than others, but I actually prefer to have a rainbow of
emotions rather than an average mood. These days if mania rises I channel it into
something productive, for example suddenly writing 8 chapters of a novel
‘Sectioned Alien’ or making my artists app. On deep thoughtful days I can
create emotional fine art paintings.
happy in my career also made me happier in my personal life. Reunited (with my
son’s father) Keith and I married in December 2012, at 39 I was finally off that dusty
shelf! A couple of years later we have a daughter too, paintbrushes spring out sporadically, in between child care. My
art studio is at the bottom of our garden, in Burbage (England) and you may see me out and
about walking my old Black & Tan dog.
hubby and kids would like to give you a big thank you for making this painting
career possible, and hopefully you’ll enjoy viewing the happiness swirling through the art. If you look very carefully on each watercolour painting, within ink detail, you will eventually find one of my own personal secret markings. It is a small smile face (eyes, nose & smile) mixed in among all the swirls of the pen work :-) some people look and look and can not find it for a long time as it is only a couple of mm in size.
On This Website:
This website has several pages. A range of more affordable art replica'sonly £13.95 each print.All fourGallerypages show hundreds of past sold paintings I can re-paint again just for you. The Gallery ACEO is miniature sized original paintings. Sale price original paintings are onPaintings 4 SALE page. The latest freshly painted original is on theNewly Painted page. Other items like sweaters and bags which are made by 'Country Swirls' owned by my hubby Keith and I. The Framing Advice
page will help you choose the right frame for your art work. Catch up
on the latest news about how my creative adventures are going by viewing
A variety of safe payment options and details about commission paintings from your own photographs are on the Order/Paymentpage. If
you do not like to pay for items over the internet, you could always pop a cheque in the post. Don't miss out, view the Email Reminderspage.
Yaaaay ! I've gone Global. TheGift Ideaspage has all kinds of crazy items which are now selling on a global marketplace called Redbubble.
Both these crazy designs, Steampunk Bunny and the Eye Color Love, have over 40 available products.
Get involved, get the app !!!
Not all app's get accepted by Apple to be included in their app store search, I was chuffed the one I made was accepted. View it onGoogle Play for Android phones or the App Store for iOS phones.
Visit my Facebook Page
This link https://www.facebook.com/SwirlySophArt or search for 'Artist Sophie Appleton Huddlestone'. I love to chit
chat on my posts, so please pop on and say hi, or use its messenger @SwirlySophArt. If you are a Facebook member and you 'Like' my page, please continue to comment, share or like my posts, so that future posts will still appear in your
feed. Sadly Facebook doesn't favor the non paying business pages and without your input my paintings remain unseen.
Contact me via the on screen order form on the Order/Payment page, or firstname.lastname@example.org or Facebook messenger @SwirlySophArt or telephone/text 07932 606867. As a busy mum working from my home studio, and with a toddler attached at the hip, I may not get to my phone in time, so please leave a message.
Copyright of all Sophie Appleton's paintings and embroidery designs remains
with the artist, and any copying or printing will be followed up
Thanks for reading my waffle, now swirl away on the other pages and view some of the happy artworks, lovingly created, waiting for there forever homes.