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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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High Stile Buttermere is an oil painting which I painted last year on a very pleasant painting day trip to the Lake District. I love to get up to the northern parts of the lakes and Buttermere is usually quite peaceful to paint, with not too many visitors. It’s always a pleasure to be there but also usually quite tense trying to produce something meaningful, or even just something which isn’t headed for the unfinished cupboard!

I loved the high horizon in this one which focuses the eye on the meandering beck leading to the lake. I think I captured a sense of the quiet tranquility of the day with warm colours in the foreground leading to the cooler distance. Sometimes you only appreciate the painting back at home as the tension needed to paint is gone.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Buttermere Beck is an original oil painting on panel by William H Jones. Painted on a visit to the Lake District in the pre- lockdown era, it inevitably depicts the isolation we all seek when we visit there. It hangs on the gallery wall and is now available here under the heading Oil Paintings by William H Jones

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

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