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Painting with Both Hands, a book launch at Pennywell

Sophie Walbeoffe will be at Pennywell Farm

Two events for a book launch, Painting with Both Hands, featuring the work of Devon artist, Sophie Walbeoffe will on Saturday 2nd June and Tuesday 5th June.

Painting with Both Hands, by Lord Ian Strathcarron presents images and anecdotes of the established Devon born travel painter, who draws a crowd wherever she travels as she paints with both hands.

Sophie Walbeoffe will be hosting the events, speaking about her travels and work as well as giving some demonstrations of her unique painting technique.

On Saturday 2nd June, she will be at the farm attraction during the day where she will be found quietly painting the pigs. At 3.30pm she will give a demonstration in the farmyard theatre where the audience will be given paper and pencils and encouraged to try her unusual technique. There will be opportunities to chat to Sophie and she copies of the book will be on sale which she will happily sign.

On the evening of June 5th there will be a more formal event where Sophie will give a talk and demonstrate her painting, accompanied by Raphael Appleby on the cello and Keith Pierson on the flute. This will be followed by a BBQ and a chance to chat to both Sophie and the author, Lord Ian Strathcarron.

Pennywell’s owner Chris Murray says, “I am in awe and amazed by Sophie’s art and the exciting range of styles she has. It is particularly thrilling that Sophie is launching her first book at Pennywell as I purchased her very first oil painting. It’s exciting to think she’s giving demonstrations at Pennywell and our visitors will be given a ‘hands on’ opportunity to try painting with both hands themselves.”

Sophie was born in the valley below Pennywell Farm on the banks of the river Dart, where her mother still lives. Sophie still has a studio at her mother’s home so that she can still paint when she is in Devon.

The book tracks Sophie from her first paintings as a teenager, through art school and follows her struggles as an unknown painter, painting Native Americans on the streets of Nanaimo through to the Middle East and Africa. It illustrates her long career from painting in the deserts surrounded by camels to rearing her two young children in the African bush.

The book also illustrates her yearning for home with many Devon images as well as Italy, Spain, France, India and Jerusalem.

Tickets for the evening event are very limited can be found on the Pennywell website:


This story appeared on May 29, 2018

2 thoughts on “Painting with Both Hands, a book launch at Pennywell

  1. AvatarMichel Williamson

    Very talented lady not appropriate for kids,seemed very promotional and boring not really what you’d expect at pennywell stayed hole show and all kids please don’t take us back to that,love every thing else science lady was awsum and so is juggler keep up the good work.

    1. AvatarPennywell Post author

      Totally agree and it wasn’t quite what we were expecting. We’ll stick to jugglers and science in future 🙂


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