Painting Christmas tree


Christmas is around the corner so I have just painted a Christmas tree, and made a video of me painting it, which is on YouTube for you to watch. Its a great starting point for newbie painters to paint any basic shape and fill it with colour. Click on this post, and then this link to watch it. This painting is a watercolour Tree By Artist Sophie Appleton.


Horse in progress


I’ve added so much color to this horse it will be difficult to paint its mane as it could end up being to distracting. Paintings work best with an area of focus to draw in the viewers attention either to one area or to allow the eyes to flow across the image with ease. Paintings with too much going on at once can become distracting. This watercolour is still in progress, by Sophie Appleton Watercolour Artist.

Kangaroo watercolour


The pose of this picture gives great perspective to the kangaroo. More detail in the head than the body, but I think perhaps I could have lessened the amount of colour in the body, this would have given more attention to the face. Sometimes it is only once a painting is finished that I can learn from it ready for the next one. Kangaroo by Sophie Appleton.

Dog Painting from photo


This dog was a commission painting and painting the ruffles of fur was important to get tonal quality. Just as you fade black to white at the edges to create a 3D effect, you also do this with warm and cold colours which I will talk more about on another post.

Steampunk Bunny Painting


Steampunk fashion style bunny with a bee hovering over her, but she won’t get stung. I usually focus on cute looking bunnies but thought I’d give an Urban Street style to this watercolor by adding punk piercings, tattoos, flowers and a bow with a woke chilled out attitude. If you have a usual way of painting don’t be afraid to try something from a different perspective. Steampunk Bunny by Sophie Appleton.

Eye Color Love Painting


The words illuminati eye come to mind this all seeing eye is a rainbow of intense love pouring from the soul. I’m not selling this original, sometimes an emotional attachment to a painting can be formed that’s quite meaningful. Painting is a fantastic positive outlet for stress, very therapeutic. They say watercolour painting is one of the most difficult mediums to use.

Sheep Watercolour 


Sketchy style watercolour of two sheep with the leaves in the background making the shape of a heart. A rather fitting title for this painting could be ‘Love Ewe’. The photograph is dark, taken in the evening. When painting at nighttime a daylight bulb is required for true clarity while painting, especially with the translucency of watercolour. Unfortunately my bulb had gone ‘blink’ and I need a new one.

Flowers in Watercolour 


Cottage Garden Flowers in watercolour with modern black ink swirly details. Being as the summer is ending I thought I’d paint a floral. When I’ve had bunches of iris in a vase they never seem to open up, my lovely hubby planted some in the garden and those ones do really bloom. Hope it brightens up your day :-)

Owl Painting


Watercolour painting with strong colours, giving this a modern contemporary twist with my well known swirls. Take your time developing your own style of painting, when someone can spot one of yours with a brief view then you know you have cracked it. This one has layering and layering of colours on ‘Owl Wisdom’ by Sophie Appleton.

Dog, black sausage 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.

Dog Terrier Painting 


This painting is called ‘Bert’ by Sophie Appleton. I wanted to spend more time on a detailed nose and eyes, letting the colourful fur really jaz it up. Painting size 12″x9″ and I think it is a Terrier dog, inspired by David Walliams dog from one of his instagram posted photographs. 12″x9″ Terrier Dog by Sophie Appleton.

Teddy Bear

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 with a lot of water to allow the colours to blend on there own accord with more detail added once dry. Watercolour size 12″x9″ by Sophie Appleton.

Miniature Iris Painting 


ACEO size of 3.5″x2.5″. Delicately hand painted miniature watercolour. This size of painting look great in all those little nooks and crannies in your home like on the mantelpiece or windowsill. It is also a great size for adding ideas to a sketch book. ACEO stands for ‘Art, Cards, Editions and Originals’. Watercolour and pen iris painting by Sophie Appleton.

New Art above, info below.


Thats the end of the list for the latest New Art that I’ve been working on.The articles that follow below are some saved older articles with miscellaneous info. Some weeks I paint several watercolours, other weeks my paint brushes just collect dust. The ‘Added Info’ icon on the SWIRLY SOPH ART phone app has more detailed information about online purchasing.

Tell me what to paint


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 painted for you to view. Other poll questions are on there to. Your opinion is and interaction with this app is important. Plus the Poll is anonymous and you can re vote every day.

Keep it yours


If you’ve created an artwork or you have purchased one of mine, 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. You could also email yourself with your artwork which gives proof of the date it was created. Copyright 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

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.

Using Masking Fluid


Masking fluid isn’t something I usually use, partly due to its pong but mainly because my style of paintings don’t usually require it. As this bunny will have a background sky I have masked off the moon and stars and the bunny outline.When masking fluid dried I painted the sky, once that dried I gently used a putty rubber to remove the masking fluid. Love you to the moon and back – by Sophie Appleton.

Wet on Wet painting.


Some paintings I have painted in a looser style, wet on wet as it is called in watercolour techniques. Wetting the page first then when the sheen of water sinks in looking damp, I add the paint. It lets the paint flow and soften at the edges. ‘Fluffy’ size 12″x9″ By Sophie Appleton.

How to 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.

Your wording a painting


I can easily add special names or dates to a commission painting. Make the wording as subtle or bold as you desire. The love heart was over a teddy bear Anniversary painting, ‘Digby’ lettering was big above a dog commission, Alexis was tiny on a roses leaf, the date 17.10.08 was on the bottom of a dodos handbag (see other article for dodo painting). By Sophie Appleton.

Theme of a Painting 


Try unusual themes for 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.

Painting a Print


This painting has been made into a print. When painting a watercolour which will be then produced as prints, I added lots of strong colours and interesting textures. This keeps the image looking interesting and fresh. I occasionally draw a basic pencil outline before painting but more often than not I paint directly on to a blank sheet.

Giggle Mindfulness


If your creative why not give writing a go. If you fancy a chuckle read my Amoeba Fox blog which can is this link which is random mind swirls to make you smile, think and encourage an active mind. There can be great health and wellness gained through creating art and writing, I hope you give it a go, or if you already do then try to squeeze in even more time for it.

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 used as the image for headline my attempt at a supernatural verses mental health fictional novel called ‘Sectioned Alien’ by Sophie Huddlestone (that’s me Sophie Appleton). This is the link to all 8 chapters I’ve scribbled out so far

Bipolar and Painting 


Occasionally instead of fluffy cute animals or flowers I have a go at an artsy fine art style painting, especially if my bipolar is making emotions more intense than usual, I find it a productive way to use my bipolar, so having this illness is not a disability to me but an asset when it comes to magnifying my creativity. The Big Bang by Artist Sophie Appleton. I used this painting on one of my articles on Amoeba Fox.

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 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).

Email Reminders


Free email reminder when each freshly painted new artwork is added by Artist Sophie Appleton. Details on the app inside the ADDED INFO icon (paint set and question mark) or visit my website on its email reminders page. Each new Art article that is emailed to you is then removed at my end after a while, so please view your ‘Sophie Art Originals’ email as soon as it swirls towards you.