The Silver Strand

The Silver Strand by William H Jones is an original oil painting on canvas in a float mounted white painted wooden frame. It is a newly completed oil painting of the Lake District which was finished in the studio. It has evolved from a totally different painting and has had many different manifestations none of which were ever completely satisfying. After abandoning it many times, I have managed to bring something to it which I am happy with. Sometimes it takes a long time to complete a painting, as I find that even after all this time, I’m always learning new ways to apply the paint or see colour and tone in a different way. I suppose that is the thing that keeps it interesting, and I have always been aware that I can never know everything there is to know about painting.



The lock down ended for us here last week, and many shops in Kirkby Lonsdale re-opened, which was great news for all the local businesses who have been struggling to make a living recently.

Before the lock down, I was asked by Amber at the fabulous Bumblebee Gallery in Kirkby Lonsdale, to supply some paintings for the gallery. She came here to my studio to select several pieces which she liked. Most of them are paintings of this area and so she thought that they may also be of interest to local people.

The Bumblebee Gallery in Kendal closed last year and re-opened in Kirkby Lonsdale a year ago this week, on Market Street. Obviously due to covid it has been a difficult year, but hopefully now the recovery can begin.

So a big thank you to Amber from me for hanging my paintings, they look good on the walls. I hope that business recovers before Christmas, and to that end, the gallery is open every day.

It is, of course not just a gallery and is full of brilliant gift ideas, so I would recommend a visit if you are Christmas shopping, but the gallery does look amazing!


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.


Ingleborough from Fellside Farm is an original oil painting which was painted alla prima in the field a couple of hundred yards from my studio. The same studio where it was tidied up a little a few days later. When I was out there I particularly enjoyed using a palette knife to suggest the meadow grasses and flowers.

It now serves as a pleasant reminder of the beautiful weather we had in the summer, as we head towards winter. I would need my wellies to paint in the same spot today, but that could happen, maybe.


This is a new portrait painting of my grandson, also called William. It’s quite large by my recent standards, as I have been painting a lot of small plein air paintings recently. I gave the painting to William at his third birthday party last Sunday, and he seemed quite excited by it, but then as he was opening all his other presents he was already pretty hyper!

People sometimes ask me what I would paint if I didn’t have to sell the work, and I suppose portraits are probably my most favourite subject. As I am not a portrait painter I rarely get asked to do them, so it always makes a nice change from landscapes and town scenes. Unfortunately this means that I don’t get to practice them as much as other subjects, but it makes it all the more fascinating when I do. When you paint every day it’s very enjoyable to learn how to paint something new and different.



I have just returned from a plein air painting session at Devils Bridge in Kirkby Lonsdale. The sunshine always makes it a pleasant experience to paint outdoors, and as autumn is almost here there may not be many more days when it’s warm enough to paint by the river.

This viewpoint of the bridge makes for a very pleasing composition for a painting. Good composition is vital for the success of any painting, the best technique and drawing skills will not retrieve a bad composition. So having quickly sketched in the drawing with a thinned down burnt umber, I blocked in the shapes and covered the surface with the colours and tones, as close as possible to what I could see.

After a very interesting conversation with a gentleman who appeared out of the river, apparently out for a swim, I decided to move on to another location, and finish this one in the studio.


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

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!

My gallery is now open by appointment, just give us a call on 015242 71124

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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.


The William H Jones Studio re-opens and is now ready for business again after the lock-down period. There will be some small changes for your safety and comfort, for example we will operate on an appointment only basis. A quick phone call to make sure we’re here is all it takes, on 015242 71124. The gallery space is quite small so appointments will help regulate footfall. We will be following current government guidelines whilst maintaining a welcoming environment.

There are always a healthy amount of original paintings on the walls, mostly oil paintings with some original pastels on sandpaper. We also have a range of prints which have been published from original paintings. There are many images of Kirkby Lonsdale and the surrounding areas, other subjects include the Lake District, dogs, Venice, flowers and landscapes. These are framed in silver finished wooden frames with a black edge, or unframed in double mounts, and most of them are available here on this website.

Some of the prints are available in a smaller version in small black frames. We have published a range of greeting cards from a variety of these images which are only available from the gallery.