Aygill Barbondale oil painting is one of two new paintings completed this week for a local client. They were both painted on site, near the Two Trees Falls just up the beck from the ‘Washtubs’ at Barkin Beck, where I have painted many times in the past.

Aygill Barbondale Aygill

They were both finished off in the studio this week, and framed ready to go on Sunday. I have to confess that I had never been up the path to this site until I was asked to do the paintings. But the walk reveals a spectacular view of the surrounding fells leading from Barbon village in the distance at one end, up the valley which extends towards Dent. I’ll definitely be going back up there for some more plein air painting in the future.


I have been out painting at Ruskin’s View early this morning. I started an oil painting yesterday in the afternoon and by the time I had finished working the sun was behind me. This meant that all the greens were blending into each other and I was struggling to get any definition. So this morning the light was coming in from my right, giving me some good shadow areas and nice contrasting shapes. There is still plenty of work to be done on it, but I’m a lot happier with the direction it is now taking.



Saturday on Main Street is an oil painting of Kirkby Lonsdale which I have published as a signed print. It is available framed or mounted in my gallery (The William H Jones Studio) or here on my website https://williamhjones.co.uk/product/saturday-on-main-street-by-william-h-jones/

It is a reminder of those heady days in the pre-social distancing era, which now seems such a long time ago. Although on recent trips down Main Street and in other towns, this scene is rapidly becoming more and more common place.

I once sold a painting to some customers in Kirkby Lonsdale, and when I deleivered it, I noticed a lovely small oil painting of Paris on their wall. I was so taken by it that I decided to see if I could make Kirkby Lonsdale appear a little more French. So this is my attempt at a more continental style Main Street. A little while ago someone looking at the print and unprompted by me, commented that it looked a little bit like Paris, I can’t tell you how gratifying that was!

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High Stile and Coastal Light are the names of two of my oil paintings which have been in the brilliant Northern Lights Gallery in Keswick. I want to say a big thank you to Tim Fisher who owns the gallery for selling both paintings in the last week to different clients.

He does a great job in keeping the gallery open every day, on his own, as all the staff are furloughed and is also holding solo exhibitions by featured artists on the top floor of the gallery. If you are ever in the LakeDistrict it’s well worth a visit to Keswick to check it out. There are dozens of artists represented and lots of beautiful sculpture and glassware on three floors.

High Stile is a mountain in the Lake District overlooking Crummock Water and Buttermere. My painting was created at the south end of the beck which leads towards Buttermere.

Coastal Light is all about the light and my attempts at a looser less detailed rendering of the landscape or in this case seascape. The endless fascination of painting in oils comes with the realisation that there are so many techniques and effects which can be explored just with the brushwork alone. I find I sometimes have to try to move away from overstating every detail about the subject, which is I suppose my natural instinct. The truth is I’m always learning something new about painting, which, as in any occupation is the thing that always brings you back for more.


Early Morning is the very latest painting I have completed, and is now in the frame and on the wall here at the gallery. It is an original oil painting and in fact I was finishing off some little details just this morning. It was the light coming through the trees in the churchyard at St Mary’s Kirkby Lonsdale which attracted me, and I find I’m always looking for light effects to inspire me to paint. In these days of lock-down I found myself alone in the early morning light and hence no figures appear in the painting.

Usually the best time to paint light for an artist is either early in the morning or in the evening in what I like to call the Golden Hour. In June, in the weather we have had recently, it’s almost impossible to paint in the midday sun, as I discovered this week in the middle of a field, and I quickly found the shade next to a beck.

I really enjoyed painting in the churchyard with only the birdsong as a soundtrack, it is very enjoyable, although it is quite a tense occupation having to concentrate for long periods. But there are worse jobs!

I’m very happy to say that after only a week or so this painting has just been bought by two of my best customers.


Market Street Kirkby Lonsdale is my latest oil painting, and after returning from my framer, its in the gallery now. It was started last summer, before we started social distancing, and has been varnished and framed ready to go.

I love this part of Kirkby Lonsdale, the architecture and the interesting slight curve of the street, and in summer it’s always busy with shoppers. The white painted Sun Inn has always been a popular destination for visitors and locals, and it was this building which stands out in the sunshine that inspired me to paint this scene.

I hope that I can see this street as busy as it is in my painting again as soon as possible.


This is another new painting which has just been collected from our framer, the brilliant Bowland Picture Framers. It is an oil painting of Barkin Beck in the beautiful valley which runs from Gawthrop and Dent to Barbon. I positioned myself facing the sun beside the beck so as to catch the light glinting in the water. The grass is very bright green in springtime and it’s hard to avoid painting it with over-saturated colour. The only sounds were of birdsong and the trickling of the water in the beck which made it a very pleasant morning to be working outside.


Devils Bridge by William H Jones is a signed giclee print which has just been framed and hung in the gallery (opening soon hopefully). It is taken from a watercolour painting which I started on site at the bridge and completed back in the studio. I do less watercolours these days simply because I enjoy painting in pastels on sandpaper and I also love the wide range of techniques which oil painting provides.

The print is in the gallery in a wooden frame with a gunmetal finish and a pale ivory double mount. This framed version is only available in the gallery as it is glazed and quite large and therefore difficult to post. The print is available on this website in a double mount, go to Prints of Kirkby Lonsdale paintings.


We have a brand new painting in the gallery today by Cumbrian artist Bernadette Jones. Coast Flowers is an oil painting inspired by long walks down the beaches on her recent trip to Australia, literally just before the lockdown. She spent six weeks travelling the south coast, and she found the most inspiring places to paint on the Great Ocean Road from Melbourne to Adelaide . Bernadette completed many alla prima paintings on the trip, many of them on the coastal paths and beaches where she finds the most interesting subjects.


The gallery has now re-opened after a short break.

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