Owl Painting Started

I took my watercolour paints along to the hairdressers and while I waited for the hair dye to cover the grey bits, I sat painting an owl which is everything but grey. The lovely thing about watercolour is that it’s easy to take with me anywhere, without the mess or smell that some other paints have. By Sophie Appleton. Early 40’s and no longer grey :-)

Cat Art watercolour 

Cats face painted in watercolour with a dash of black ink detail. Splashy and swirly application of paint with more detail on the eyes. By Sophie Appleton. After painting a neater style dog from a photograph I fancied painting a looser style imaginary cat. For sale on eBay, I’m seller six.foot.sophie thanks for viewing :-)

Ostrich painting 

Can’t believe I’ve actually had time to paint my third watercolour this week, a new one that I’ve not tried before, an ostrich. Im not a fan of TV adverts but one that has captured my attention is of the ostrich that can suddenly fly. Ostrich Swirls, size 12″x9″ in watercolour and pen by Sophie Appleton.

Rabbit watercolour and pen

This Rabbit watercolour has pen detail added which helps give it a strong attitude in a contemporary swirly style. It is size 12″x9″ by Sophie Appleton. I photographed it in the evening, so I will be taking another picture in daylight tomorrow, to sell it on eBay very soon. I’m seller six.foot.sophie 

Kitten Watercolour 

Kitten Bee Chase watercolour painting by Sophie Appleton has layers and layers of colour to create the fur, the eyes were painted with a finer brush for more detail. Any minute now that bee will be pounced on by this fluffy little kitten. Size 12″x9″ eBay seller six.foot.sophie 

Alien Painting 

After painting quite a few cute fluffy animals I thought I’d try painting something different. Having had a few strange encounters myself I find the topic of UFO and Aliens fascinating. This Alien watercolour is size 12″x9″ by Sophie Appleton. Selling on eBay, seller six.foot.sophie

Painting of a dog

Painting black dogs don’t have to be bland, add lots of unusual colours. This watercolour painting has a cute angle of looking upwards, the painting is based on a photo of my own dog when calling her for a dog treat to put her lead back on after a long walk. By Sophie Appleton. 

Hedgehog Mini Watercolour 

This ‘Helena Hedgehog’ is the last of the 4 newly painted miniatures, it is watercolour and pen, size 3.5″x2.5″ by Sophie Appleton. These are all Originals , they are not prints or digital copies, I’ll be back to the bigger paintings next time but have enjoyed working on an ACEO sized small scale this week.

Tulip Breeze Watercolour 

This is a contemporary painting of tulips on a breezy day. Being from England we have a lot of breezy days. It looks far fresher in real life, photographing it at night the camera flash has not done this justice. Size 12″x9″ By Sophie Appleton, eBay seller six.foot.sophie

Bird whirl

This Phoenix whirl original has been created with watercolour pencils and watercolour paint, with some pen work added. It is size A4. By Sophie Appleton.

Dog painting 

This painting is called ‘Bert’ by Sophie Appleton. I often paint from pictures I see posted on the internet and this dog was inspired from a photo of a dog called Bert which belongs to David Walliams.

Teddy Bear

I took my time painting this one and was pleased with the end result. I hope you enjoy looking at it to. This teddy bear was painted in the evening, a daylight bulb helped me see the colours more clearly as they mixed and swirled. Watercolour size 12″x9″ by Sophie Appleton.

Miniature Iris Painting 

ACEO size of 3.5″x2.5″. Delicately hand painted miniature watercolour. This should look great in all those little nooks and crannies in your home like on the mantelpiece or windowsill.  Watercolour and pen painting by Sophie Appleton.

Red and Grey Squirrels

I was contemplating on how the red squirrels are vanishing due to the grey squirrels taking over, on this painting instead of being at war they are making peace by sharing the acorn and making a love heart with their tails. A painting about couples a couple making things right again. Size A4. By Sophie Appleton. 

Thanks for viewing New Art

Thats all the available NEW ART so far. I remove the sold ones from above to declutter. Below are a few informative articles. I love to paint, it’s very therapeutic for my bipolar disorder. Some weeks I paint several, other weeks my paint brushes just collect dust. The ‘Added Info’ icon on the SWIRLY SOPH ART phone app has more detailed information about these Original Paintings.

Size 12″ x 9″ Paintings

This photo should give you a visual idea of the scale of my paintings, which are usually size 12″x9″. Sometimes I paint 14″ or 16″ size paintings. If you have bought from me in the past you will recognise my standard size business card :-) 

Size of an ACEO painting 

ACEO stands for ‘Art Cards, Editions and Originals’. The size is 2.5″ X 3.5″ or 89mm X 64mm. The ACEO that I create are hand painted in watercolour & pen. This photo gives you a visual idea of scale with my standard size business card on the mini easel stand (which I bought on eBay for £2).

Keep it yours

If you have purchased a painting from me and you’d like to send friends a photo of it, please make sure that you obstruct it in some way with writing edited over the photo or lay something over the image, it helps to prevent a clear printable image from floating around the internet. Copyright of all my creations remains with myself Sophie Appleton.

How I Start a Painting

There is no right or wrong way to start a painting. When I’m painting a commission painting from a photo I pencil draw first, unlike when I’m making up a painting. Also I start with the eyes because this feature must get the animals character or I get the dustbin. By Sophie Appleton Watercolour Artist.

Tell me what to paint next

Have a go on the ‘Poll’ icon on the phone app Swirly Soph Art.  The next time I pick up a paint brush you might see your choice among the New Art. Your opinion is so valuable and helps inspiration when I look at that blank sheet of watercolour paper wondering what to paint next. Poll is anonymous.

Your name on a painting

When you order a commission painting you can add special names or dates to the artwork. Make the wording as subtle or bold as you desire. This ‘Modern Rose’ was personalised with a name added to the leaf in paint so that it was not greatly obvious at first glance. By Sophie Appleton.

Painting a Print

This painting has been made into a print. While painting it I added lots of strong colours and interesting textures which which I hope you agree, looks fab. I occasionally draw a basic pencil outline before painting but more often than not I paint directly on to a blank sheet.

Wet on Wet painting.

Some paintings I have painted in a looser style, wet on wet as it is called in watercolour techniques. I let the paint flow and soften at the edges. ‘Fluffy’ size 12″x9″ By Sophie Appleton. 

Happy Accidents Watercolour

With watercolour it is very unpredictable how the paint will mix and blend on the paper, due to the different pigments each colour holds. Even happy accidents can turn out well. This ‘Captivating Cat’ painting blended with bubbles of white paper showing through, ideal for fur. By Sophie Appleton.

Personalised Theme Painting 

This Dodo painting was created at a customers request, I’d never painted one before so it was a challenge. The customer also wanted feminine accessories on the Dodo like hair flowers, necklace, handbag, makeup. Adding personal words to the on the letters on the handbag pattern as well as a special date in tiny white paint on the handbag trim. By Sophie Appleton. 

Adding Colour Contrast

I have used the opposite colours of purple and orange to add a zesty focal point. When choosing the colours to add in a painting, it’s handy to have a basic idea which colours gently sit side by side and which give a shocker of a contrast. By Sophie Appleton 

Writing a novel

Being dyslexic, and having Irlen Syndrome, creative writing is not the easiest of tasks but I’m enjoying the challenge. This painting I did has been repainted twice for different customers and I’m using the image to headline my novel ‘Sectioned Alien’ by Sophie Huddlestone (that’s me Sophie Appleton).