Cold Ashton Nursery

16"x12" Oil

To be honest, if it weren’t for Judy’s passion for all things horticultural I don’t suppose a garden nursery would feature on my list of places to paint. However, this one, walking distance from my sister’s house near Bath, is exceptional. Even I can appreciate the vast range of wonderful plants, grown here  in this fascinating specialist nursery tucked away down a tiny lane in a secluded valley.

We walked there, me carrying my Jullian French easel in its carrying bag on my back like a rucksack. It was this view in a propagating tunnel that got my attention. Compared with other locations in the site, this had a very limited range of hues, and whilst it was blazing sun outside, in here the light was soft and even (would make a perfect studio) and there was pattern and detail and an organic order about everything, and this is what I set out to paint. I’ll post the final result tomorrow.

My Open Studio preview is Friday evening 6.30 – 9pm at 37 Ramsden Square, Cambridge, CB4 2BL. You are all welcome! You’re on the other side of the world? Come on, I’m giving you 2 days notice – hop on that plane! This is Cambridge – the centre of the civilized world!!!


~ by noelgarner on June 30, 2010.

One Response to “Cold Ashton Nursery”

  1. Ok I’ve booked my ticket!! In my dreams. So is it open for just the evening or over several days? Love to know more about how it works. I am looking at an old shop as a studio so could display some paintings there as well as have more room to paint. Will keep you updated. So excited.

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