People's Choice Award. Village Framers of Lillingstone Lovell very kindly donated a £50 framing voucher to the artist whose picture is voted the favorite of our visitors. The winner in 2018 was Anne Gilbert with her beautiful painting of 'Bracken Hare'.
The following artists are confirmed for our 2019 Art Festival. If you have not received an invitation to exhibit in our 2019 Art Festival exhibition and sale, you can download an entry form from our contact page. You will need to be quick, as the closing date is Monday 19th August 2019.
I have always enjoyed looking at art and architecture of all kinds. It wasn't until I had back surgery four years ago that I had some time on my hands. It was then that I decided to Google "how to draw an apple". I found it rewarding to see what my pencil produced.
I now take portrait classes at Buckingham Art School, enjoying the whole process and sharing it with like minded people.
If only I had more time!
Mike studied Fine Art at Derby College of Art. He then worked at Rolls-Royce for two years as a Technical Artist before completing two further years training as an Art teacher. Upon moving to Germany in his 30s he gave up painting completely and only returned to it a couple of years ago. He has been a member of the Milton Keynes Society of Artists since 2012.
Since resuming his interest he has worked mainly with acrylics but still enjoys drawing in pen and inks and charcoal.
He especially enjoys painting people in landscapes, and portraits. He welcomes commissions for work within these fields.
See more examples of his work on Facebook: Mike B's Art, or contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Stuart Maman Bolton
Born in Windsor, Stuart spent much of his early life travelling the world with his diplomat family. Spending time in Africa, Australia, Tasmania, Canada and elsewhere, he uses this experience of colours, textures, flora and fauna to make images that reflect the different scenarios and cultures.
He is a trained musician and during his time in Australia and Tasmania, carved out a successful career, performing Rock, Soul, Blues, Latino and Jazz and even a little Country.
Returning to Britain in 2019, Stuart now divides his time between Wales and Northamptonshire.
He took up photography, initially as a tool to record subjects for paintings, but the photographs took on a life of their own and over the past nine years they have developed into a uniquely distinctive collection of digital artwork.
This current collection celebrates the nature elements - water - air - fire - earth and light.
Nature provokes all the colour, movement and design imaginable. It's endless and there to be enjoyed creatively. For me, it's important to reflect the beauty that exists all around us. SM Bolton 2018
Lisa grew up on the south coast of England, moving to Milton Keynes in her late 20s. Lisa has always enjoyed the art of story telling, be it film, book, music or painting. Her paintings have a story to tell.
As a keen people watcher and observer of life, her inspiration for a painting comes from the figure or figures, the way a person is standing, clothing worn or the interaction between a couple or group of people. She is interested in portraying people in every day life and the relationship within their surroundings. Using a limited palette she is fascinated by the magic of colour mixing and the way colours can bounce of each other.
She also loves on occasion to paint animals.
Self taught amateur artist now retired. I started painting using water colours and pen and ink pictures nearly 40 years ago, currently I now focus almost entirely on abstract imagery. My pictures are created in many different ways, using techniques that I am able to glean from various presentations. I scour the internet for the work of other artists and attend exhibitions e.g. the RA Summer Exhibition to draw inspiration from the works presented. My ambition is alway the next painting which I hope, be better than all my previous work.
I am a local artist living in Northampton and have been painting in watercolours for over 10 years, and love the delicacy and transparency of the medium. I also work with oils, mixed media and do ink drawings.
I am a member of several local art groups including Network Arts and Towcester & District Art Society. I have exhibited at venues around Northamptonshire and attracted clients online from the UK and around the world.
You can see more of my work on my website, Facebook & Instagram. If you like my work and would like to commission me to paint something for you please contact me via my website or Facebook page.
janedenton.net and Facebook & Instagram: Jane Denton Artist
I am a freelance illustrator and artist. I have worked as a freelance illustrator since 1982, in that time I have covered all fields of design, advertising & publishing in the UK and overseas.
Most of my works are all original paintings in either oil or acrylic.
Most of these are finished with gold/silver leaf and crystals, which gives then a added depth and lustre.
See more examples of my work at www.markduffin.net
I am a printmaker, collage artist and urban sketcher. I make collagraph prints and collages from found and recycled materials often inspired by landscape and natural forms.
I exhibit my art at local exhibitions and craft fairs as well as 15 Collingwood and Vintage Guru in Northampton.
You can see more examples of my work on my blog here: https://jeanadrawingaday.com/
Pam is a mainly self taught artist who started painting watercolour landscapes thirty years ago after a friend persuaded her to try painting as a hobby.
A few years ago Pam was asked to do a portrait of a pet dog and reluctantly agreed to give it a try although she had not attempted to paint animals before. The painting was a success and this aroused an interest in the subject of animal portraiture and she now specialises in animal studies using pastel as her favourite medium for this subject. She also enjoys figurative drawing and painting.
Some of her small landscape paintings are included in private collections across the world:- in America, Canada, Mexico, France and the Oman.
Commissions accepted - email :- email@example.com
Irene always wanted to paint, but didn’t start until her children had grown up. Not having much confidence, she joined an art group who were exhibiting when she was giving blood!
Painting soon changed her life and outlook. She loves every minute: from just drawing to adding colour, the first exhibition, the first sale, even the disasters.
Having tried almost every medium - watercolour for sketching and painting smaller pictures - she has settled on oils to give vibrancy of colour and mood. Influenced by Turner and his skies and elements she also enjoys the impressionists and Klimt.
Being a member of local art groups (MKSA and BAFA) has developed a more rounded artist.
She has exhibited not only locally but also at Windsor and Reading. In 2018 she had her first solo exhibition in Suffolk.
She cannot imagine life without art and all that it brings, especially the people..
I am a Northampton based artist, working from my studio above the NN Contemporary Gallery. Mainly self-taught and primarily an oil painter I use traditional classical atelier techniques. Portraits and figurative work feature strongly in my art, and I’m well known for my strong evocative portraits and musical icons. However, I also find inspiration in the light, colours and shapes of the landscapes that I encounter. My new collection of limited edition glicee prints of the beautiful Northamptonshire countryside showing at the Alderton Arts Festival reflect this inspiration. All of my limited edition, individually signed glicee prints are from my original oil paintings.
I’m a full member and President-Elect of the Northampton Town and County Art Society, and I have exhibited extensively within the county and beyond, notably in London and at the Royal Birmingham Society of Artists. My work is held in collections outside the UK, and I was awarded the Peoples’ Choice Prize at the Alfred East Gallery as part of their Open 13 exhibition.
I accept commissions and I’m happy to discuss specific requests. More examples of my work can be seen on my website: http://www.cordellgarfield.com/ or Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/cordellgarfieldfineart/
I also run workshops specialising in portraiture and oil painting which can be viewed on this link: http://www.cordellgarfield.com/workshops/
Contact me for more details on email: firstname.lastname@example.org or 07944 395792
Anne's passion for animals and wildlife has inspired her to create movement and expression in her animal and bird studies.
A self taught artist, Anne works mostly in watercolour but also with mixed media.
Most of her subjects are taken from the beautiful Northamptonshire countryside.
Commissions taken, email email@example.com
Anne was our winner of the 'Peoples Choice' award in 2018.
Val Goldfinch has been a regular exhibitor at Alderton for the last 30 years!
She is known for detailed and delicate watercolours of a variety of subjects including local scenes, gardens, cars, ceramics and slightly quirky objects that appeal to her! She is also known to love Venice, so expect some work featuring that beautiful city this year!
In 2019 she will also be painting in one of the craft tents with some of her latest cards and different work.
Val's work has appeared on jigsaws, mugs and cards and she also paints commercial and private commissions. Her website is www.valgoldfinchdesigns.co.uk
I have been painting and drawing since I was a teenager. I used to paint greeting cards for Gordon Fraser then moved onto landscapes, animals, people - but mostly trees. I have had several successful one man shows.
At the moment I tend to work on pictures suggested by my imagination from textures found in nature.
I take commissions.
I am a self taught painter and have always sketched and drawn but for over 40 years have worked mainly in oils. I paint in oils, mainly landscapes portrait and occasionally animals. I exhibited as a member of the Town and County art society for over 20 years.
Most of my commissioned work is in the USA.
Since moving to Northampton in 2013 and retiring, I joined a number of local art groups which has enabled me to continue to learn about a variety of painting mediums.
I particularly like watercolour which can provide a great sense of achievement when done well. I also like to work with pastels, oils, acrylic and indeed most mixed media. I have actively exhibited at a variety of locations and venues around the county.
My wife and I enjoy family time with our daughter, son and four grandchildren, and they are also my first line for opinion and criticism, (constructive), of my work.
Other hobbies include: archery, digital photography and editing, angling, reading, music and learning Keyboard. I am currently Chair of the Marina Park Residents’ Association, Vice Chair of St Luke’s Patient Participation Group and our Local Neighbourhood Watch Coordinator.
I am a self taught artist originally from Hardingstone, Northampton but now live in Herefordshire. I love bold bright colours and enjoy painting many different subjects. I love acrylic paint as it is a fast drying medium, one of my other passions is dressage which I compete and freelance teach, I also love to walk and if I had the chance would travel more worldwide and in this country.
I am a 45 year old, mixed media artist working from my studio in East Northamptonshire. Coming from a technical background in graphic, architectural and product design, I was encourage to start painting by my Mother (a keen amateur artist who runs an art group), and discovered a love for creating, drawing and painting in a range of media and in a diverse variety of subjects. I subsequently went back to College, where I studied a Combined Studies BA Degree - which incorporated Art, Sculpture, Photography and Art History.
I am passionate about painting, and all aspects of art and design, a keen photographer, and am currently working on book illustration. I enjoy galleries, museums and exhibitions - a love I have shared with my Mother from a very early age.
I have been immersed in art and countryside, flora and fauna, gardening, walking, landscapes, wildlife and animals all of my life, and these elements, I believe are reflected in my work.
I work mainly in mixed media, on linen textured media as I feel this best lends itself to the combination of technical and creative skills I strive to combine. I hope you enjoy looking at my work and that it expresses even a fraction of the enormous pleasure I derive in painting.
Sharon is a member of Kettering & District Art Society, The Society of Wildlife artists, and The Fellowship of Professional and Amateur Artists where she recently received a prize at their Open Exhibition.
Commissions happily undertaken. For any enquiries, please e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
I'm an artist mainly specialising in watercolour, and although I've drawn and painted all my adult life, I've dedicated myself seriously to watercolour for the past 8 years.
My main inspiration is nature, but although I paint in a realistic style, I'm more concerned with the feeling and essence of a subject, rather than a precise portrayal.
I'm also interested in mythology and classic literature, and I enjoy the freedom of imagination that these subject offer.
Peter takes amazing photographs, of which this incredible photo of one of the iconic Red Arrows is one (and will be for sale at the Alderton Art Festival). Peter prints, mount and frame all his work himself using Epson Ultra Smooth Fine Art Photographic Paper. The aircraft photographs are size A2 under glass, framed in a wood and coated in gold & silver flake.
Peter is also exhibiting mounted cards and A4, A3 and A2 mounted photographs printed on Epson premium luster photo paper which are for sale as well.
Jan has been painting since childhood, attending various Art Colleges part-time from the age of fourteen, using oils and pastels. She then spent 3 years studying art full-time using oils and textiles. About 30 years ago Jan began painting in watercolours and acrylics and for the last 12 years has also painted on silk.
Jan is a part-time Adult Education tutor and also runs workshops at her studio in Steeple Claydon in Buckinghamshire.
She is a member of the Buckinghamshire Art Society, Winslow & District Art Society, Milton Keynes Society of Artists, Buckingham Art for All and the Visual Images Group. She exhibits regularly throughout the year and her commissions include private houses, gardens, horses, flowers and steam trains.
Barry Reynolds started drawing and painting at the age of six and continued to the age of fifteen when a interest and love of motorcycles took over his life. He was always top at art at school. Barry, who is now eighty-three, restarted painting pictures at the age of fifty, his subjects are across the board from old houses, landscapes, railway locos and Barry also likes to paint horses and characters from old Victorian photos and, occasionally, copies of Victorian artists' works. In the last five years he has experimented with still life scenes.
Barry always uses oil paint on board.
Liz lives in Alderton and started painting shortly after moving to the picturesque village over a decade ago. She has had no formal art training but has enjoyed several art courses over the years.
Liz works mainly in watercolour and ink.
This is a monochrome sepia watercolour 'Waiting’.
Deborah interprets moments in watercolour from a variety of subject matter, ranging from landscapes, cityscapes, and flora and fauna. Her style varies from very detailed and accurate to impressionistic and abstract. The colour used depends on the moment captured by a photograph or visual memory and reflects the mood, atmosphere and energy of a snapshot from life.
Heat, rain or lighting changes excite Deborah to paint, capturing the personal and emotional attachment to the snapshot in time.
Deborah has recently revisited acrylic painting, and in this more recent work she has again tried to capture seasons, feelings and places of personal interest.
In her role as Director of an Arts College Deborah has been involved Visual and Performing Arts, including fine art, creative design, drama, dance and music. Deborah strives to spread creative arts pedagogy in the classroom, in her work, education and motivational speaking and training.
Deborah takes commissions and enjoys new challenges in composition, medium and style.
For more information please contact email@example.com
Hello and thanks for having a look out my work on this website. My name is Barry Turland and I am a local artist, I mainly paint in watercolours which I have done so for a number of years now. I am self taught, and fascinated by colour, light and shadows and try to introduce those elements into my work.
The picture shown here was painted in 2005. In looking back at that painting I would say that my work is becoming more experimental and the use of mixed media is often used. I love the work of local artists which influences me greatly and especially the work of Jack Vettriano.
Thank you for your interest.
Since retirement I have joined a small art group in Northampton, I have always enjoyed art from a young age, and now with time to pursue this as a hobby.
Although I have done many painting's over the years using different mediums I exhbited my paintings for the first time at the 2018 Alderton Art Festival.
During a childhood filled with art, my father taught me to look, see and interpret the world around me. After a short spell at Art College, my life took a different direction and my drawing and painting was shelved. Now in later life, I have revisited my love of painting and spend all available time finding self expression in watercolours, enjoying the process and behaviour of this difficult medium. I sell original art gifts on Etsy and take commissions through Etsy and Instagram.
www.etsy.com/uk/shop/CardCreative and cardcreative on Instagram.
Claire comes from an artist family enabling her to develop her passion for painting from a young age. She works as a professional artist, exhibiting mainly in the south, southwest, Midlands, Cotswolds, Northamptonshire and surrounding counties. She paints freely in watercolour, oil and acrylic, and accept commissions by arrangement and her paintings can be found in homes, places of work and recreation, throughout the world.
She is a national award winner for her “Art for Therapy” through the Society for All Artists. She develops and runs courses for all levels of ability for students, from complete beginners through to more advanced and experienced artists, throughout the UK. Her gentle step-by-step approach enables students to produce first class finished paintings in just one day.
She also runs painting holidays both in the UK and abroad.
The watercolour here is 'Early Morning at Ullswater'. See Claire's work on her website www.saa.co.uk/art/claire
Welcome to "Janet Watson Art" unique, original art, modern, contemporary, abstract art full of texture and colour. Art created on canvas and wood in mixed media including acrylic and 24k gold. Art for your home, hotel or business. Janet is an international artist and has work in USA, Australia, Spain, Austria, Ireland and New Zealand. All of Janet's art collections are all out of her own head and she keeps creating more as her back ground inspiration comes from her earth science and ecology degrees. Thank you for reading :)
Janet's artwork also can be seen and bought at Simply Salvaged Interiors at Heart of the Shires Shopping Village.
David Wells is an International Awards winning artist who paints mainly in watercolour. His paintings have been published in both The Leisure Painter and The Artist magazines. He paints most subjects but particularly likes to paint people, animals and buildings. His paintings are held in commercial and private collections worldwide.
David was our winner of the 'Peoples Choice' award in 2017.
See more examples of his work here www.mksa.org.uk
My interest in art started in my youth mainly with cartooning. Other than for a period during the 1970s where I produced some paintings in oil paint, it was not until my retirement in 2012 that I seriously started again, this time with acrylics then later soft pastel, pen/brush and ink and Inktense pencils. Inktense have similar qualities to watercolour which I will probably try in the future.
As for subject matter, most of my paintings and sketches are pets, wild animals and portraits, but I have dabbled in landscapes, seascapes and some architecture pictures. As with most artists my scope of subject matter is not cast in stone, as other forms, including abstract, may attract me in the future.
I have drawn ever since I could hold a pencil.
Attended both Derby Art College and Coventry gaining a degree in Graphic Design. Bristol University followed and then I taught Art for a few years to adults. I worked in the design studio at the Open University for 22 years - during this period I was not actively painting.
In 2009 I began again with my art - I’ve sold internationally, exhibited in London, the NEC and locally.
These days I work mainly in pastel on velour usually animals and pet portraits - if I’ve been working in close realism I love to flip to a different medium usually acrylic ink, and produce a much freer brighter style - love painting hares, cats and dogs in this style.
I’ll have cards of my artwork at Alderton as my range and style is quite extensive.
Commissions taken: firstname.lastname@example.org