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The drawings and paintings are mostly of places I know well – either the countryside around the Malvern Hills where I now live, or the coastal landscape of the Isle of Wight where I spent my childhood.

The sources of the work are a blend of observation, memory and imagination: for example, I came across the magnificent black bull with his cows on a brilliant July day several years ago while walking along the cliff near St Catherine’s Lighthouse. That encounter led to the painting Summer Cattle. But I have only encountered The May Bull in the form of a tiny photograph (no more than 5 × 8 cm) dating from the 1930s. He belonged to my farming grandfather and has acquired almost mythical status, appearing over the years in various guises in my charcoal drawings.

May is of course the flower of the hawthorn which blossoms in the month of May. Images of trees recur throughout the works in this exhibition: the unusual sight of trees in heavy leaf standing in water in September Flood ; the dark clumps in the Oxfordshire landscape glimpsed from the train to Paddington in the Rainy Country (Great Western) paintings; the blossoming tree in Hawthorn and Oak and the small paintings of elder bushes in flower in June.

I have borrowed the title from Edward Thomas, a poet I admire for his delicate descriptions of nature and his search for timelessness beyond the immediate scene. It also reminds me of one of my favourite paintings, The Bright Cloud by Samuel Palmer, which hung in my exhibition at Worcester City Art Gallery two years ago.

Bridget Macdonald, Malvern, March 2018

Bridget Macdonald: The May Bull Campden Gallery, fine art, Chipping Campden, camden gallery, contemporary, contemporary arts, contemporary art, artists, painting, sculpture, abstract painting, gloucestershire,  cotswolds, painting for sale, artwork for sale, modern art gallery, art exhibitions,arts gallery, gallery art, art gallery UK Bridget Macdonald: Summer Cattle Campden Gallery, fine art, Chipping Campden, camden gallery, contemporary, contemporary arts, contemporary art, artists, painting, sculpture, abstract painting, gloucestershire,  cotswolds, painting for sale, artwork for sale, modern art gallery, art exhibitions,arts gallery, gallery art, art gallery UK
The May Bull
charcoal on paper
122 x 152 cm
  Summer Cattle
oil on linen
102 x 127 cm
 
Bridget Macdonald: The Bridge across the Flooded River Campden Gallery, fine art, Chipping Campden, camden gallery, contemporary, contemporary arts, contemporary art, artists, painting, sculpture, abstract painting, gloucestershire,  cotswolds, painting for sale, artwork for sale, modern art gallery, art exhibitions,arts gallery, gallery art, art gallery UK Bridget Macdonald: September Flood Campden Gallery, fine art, Chipping Campden, camden gallery, contemporary, contemporary arts, contemporary art, artists, painting, sculpture, abstract painting, gloucestershire,  cotswolds, painting for sale, artwork for sale, modern art gallery, art exhibitions,arts gallery, gallery art, art gallery UK
The Bridge across the Flooded River
oil on linen
102 x 152 cm
  September Flood
oil on linen
76 x 127 cm
 
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Bridget Macdonald: Lighthouse and Black Cattle Campden Gallery, fine art, Chipping Campden, camden gallery, contemporary, contemporary arts, contemporary art, artists, painting, sculpture, abstract painting, gloucestershire,  cotswolds, painting for sale, artwork for sale, modern art gallery, art exhibitions,arts gallery, gallery art, art gallery UK Bridget Macdonald: Late Summer Lighthouse Campden Gallery, fine art, Chipping Campden, camden gallery, contemporary, contemporary arts, contemporary art, artists, painting, sculpture, abstract painting, gloucestershire,  cotswolds, painting for sale, artwork for sale, modern art gallery, art exhibitions,arts gallery, gallery art, art gallery UK
Lighthouse and Black Cattle
oil on linen
76 x 102 cm
  Late Summer Lighthouse
oil on linen
46 x 76 cm
 
Bridget Macdonald: The Blue Hour Campden Gallery, fine art, Chipping Campden, camden gallery, contemporary, contemporary arts, contemporary art, artists, painting, sculpture, abstract painting, gloucestershire,  cotswolds, painting for sale, artwork for sale, modern art gallery, art exhibitions,arts gallery, gallery art, art gallery UK Bridget Macdonald: Hawthorn and Oak Campden Gallery, fine art, Chipping Campden, camden gallery, contemporary, contemporary arts, contemporary art, artists, painting, sculpture, abstract painting, gloucestershire,  cotswolds, painting for sale, artwork for sale, modern art gallery, art exhibitions,arts gallery, gallery art, art gallery UK
The Blue Hour
oil on linen
51 x 51 cm
  Hawthorn and Oak
oil on linen
36 x 46 cm
 
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Bridget Macdonald: Ewes Campden Gallery, fine art, Chipping Campden, camden gallery, contemporary, contemporary arts, contemporary art, artists, painting, sculpture, abstract painting, gloucestershire,  cotswolds, painting for sale, artwork for sale, modern art gallery, art exhibitions,arts gallery, gallery art, art gallery UK Bridget Macdonald: The Goat Octavius Campden Gallery, fine art, Chipping Campden, camden gallery, contemporary, contemporary arts, contemporary art, artists, painting, sculpture, abstract painting, gloucestershire,  cotswolds, painting for sale, artwork for sale, modern art gallery, art exhibitions,arts gallery, gallery art, art gallery UK
Ewes
charcoal on paper
94 x 122 cm
  The Goat Octavius
charcoal on paper
56 x 76 cm
 
Bridget Macdonald: Spring Landscape Campden Gallery, fine art, Chipping Campden, camden gallery, contemporary, contemporary arts, contemporary art, artists, painting, sculpture, abstract painting, gloucestershire,  cotswolds, painting for sale, artwork for sale, modern art gallery, art exhibitions,arts gallery, gallery art, art gallery UK Bridget Macdonald: Rainy Country (Great Western) 2 Campden Gallery, fine art, Chipping Campden, camden gallery, contemporary, contemporary arts, contemporary art, artists, painting, sculpture, abstract painting, gloucestershire,  cotswolds, painting for sale, artwork for sale, modern art gallery, art exhibitions,arts gallery, gallery art, art gallery UK
Spring Landscape
charcoal & graphite on paper
81 x 122 cm
  Rainy Country (Great Western) 2
oil on linen
46 x 61 cm
 
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Bridget Macdonald: Rainy Country (Great Western) 1 Campden Gallery, fine art, Chipping Campden, camden gallery, contemporary, contemporary arts, contemporary art, artists, painting, sculpture, abstract painting, gloucestershire,  cotswolds, painting for sale, artwork for sale, modern art gallery, art exhibitions,arts gallery, gallery art, art gallery UK Bridget Macdonald: Looking towards Bredon Hill from the Roof Terrace Campden Gallery, fine art, Chipping Campden, camden gallery, contemporary, contemporary arts, contemporary art, artists, painting, sculpture, abstract painting, gloucestershire,  cotswolds, painting for sale, artwork for sale, modern art gallery, art exhibitions,arts gallery, gallery art, art gallery UK Bridget Macdonald: Malvern Nocturne: Venus, Jupiter and the Crescent Moon Campden Gallery, fine art, Chipping Campden, camden gallery, contemporary, contemporary arts, contemporary art, artists, painting, sculpture, abstract painting, gloucestershire,  cotswolds, painting for sale, artwork for sale, modern art gallery, art exhibitions,arts gallery, gallery art, art gallery UK
Rainy Country (Great Western) 1
oil on linen
46 x 61 cm
  Looking towards Bredon Hill from the Roof Terrace
oil study on linen
25 x 51 cm
Malvern Nocturne: Venus, Jupiter and the Crescent Moon
oil on linen
25 x 25 cm
Bridget Macdonald: Malvern Nocturne: The Blue Moon Campden Gallery, fine art, Chipping Campden, camden gallery, contemporary, contemporary arts, contemporary art, artists, painting, sculpture, abstract painting, gloucestershire,  cotswolds, painting for sale, artwork for sale, modern art gallery, art exhibitions,arts gallery, gallery art, art gallery UK Bridget Macdonald: Newtown Bird Hide Campden Gallery, fine art, Chipping Campden, camden gallery, contemporary, contemporary arts, contemporary art, artists, painting, sculpture, abstract painting, gloucestershire,  cotswolds, painting for sale, artwork for sale, modern art gallery, art exhibitions,arts gallery, gallery art, art gallery UK Bridget Macdonald: Elder in June 1 Campden Gallery, fine art, Chipping Campden, camden gallery, contemporary, contemporary arts, contemporary art, artists, painting, sculpture, abstract painting, gloucestershire,  cotswolds, painting for sale, artwork for sale, modern art gallery, art exhibitions,arts gallery, gallery art, art gallery UK Bridget Macdonald: Elder in June 2 Campden Gallery, fine art, Chipping Campden, camden gallery, contemporary, contemporary arts, contemporary art, artists, painting, sculpture, abstract painting, gloucestershire,  cotswolds, painting for sale, artwork for sale, modern art gallery, art exhibitions,arts gallery, gallery art, art gallery UK
Malvern Nocturne: The Blue Moon
oil on linen
25 x 30 cm
Newtown Bird Hide
oil on linen
31 x 31 cm
Elder in June 1
oil on linen
31 x 31 cm
Elder in June 2
oil on linen
25 x 31 cm
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Bridget Macdonald: Apple 1 Campden Gallery, fine art, Chipping Campden, camden gallery, contemporary, contemporary arts, contemporary art, artists, painting, sculpture, abstract painting, gloucestershire,  cotswolds, painting for sale, artwork for sale, modern art gallery, art exhibitions,arts gallery, gallery art, art gallery UK Bridget Macdonald: Apple 2 Campden Gallery, fine art, Chipping Campden, camden gallery, contemporary, contemporary arts, contemporary art, artists, painting, sculpture, abstract painting, gloucestershire,  cotswolds, painting for sale, artwork for sale, modern art gallery, art exhibitions,arts gallery, gallery art, art gallery UK Bridget Macdonald: Quince Campden Gallery, fine art, Chipping Campden, camden gallery, contemporary, contemporary arts, contemporary art, artists, painting, sculpture, abstract painting, gloucestershire,  cotswolds, painting for sale, artwork for sale, modern art gallery, art exhibitions,arts gallery, gallery art, art gallery UK Bridget Macdonald: Tulip and Butterfly Campden Gallery, fine art, Chipping Campden, camden gallery, contemporary, contemporary arts, contemporary art, artists, painting, sculpture, abstract painting, gloucestershire,  cotswolds, painting for sale, artwork for sale, modern art gallery, art exhibitions,arts gallery, gallery art, art gallery UK
Apple 1
oil on linen
15 x 15 cm
Apple 2
oil on linen
15 x 15 cm
Quince
oil on linen
15 x 15 cm
Tulip and Butterfly
oil on linen
20 x 15 cm
Bridget Macdonald: A Sprig of Bay Campden Gallery, fine art, Chipping Campden, camden gallery, contemporary, contemporary arts, contemporary art, artists, painting, sculpture, abstract painting, gloucestershire,  cotswolds, painting for sale, artwork for sale, modern art gallery, art exhibitions,arts gallery, gallery art, art gallery UK Bridget Macdonald: Magpie Campden Gallery, fine art, Chipping Campden, camden gallery, contemporary, contemporary arts, contemporary art, artists, painting, sculpture, abstract painting, gloucestershire,  cotswolds, painting for sale, artwork for sale, modern art gallery, art exhibitions,arts gallery, gallery art, art gallery UK Bridget Macdonald: Pigeon Campden Gallery, fine art, Chipping Campden, camden gallery, contemporary, contemporary arts, contemporary art, artists, painting, sculpture, abstract painting, gloucestershire,  cotswolds, painting for sale, artwork for sale, modern art gallery, art exhibitions,arts gallery, gallery art, art gallery UK Bridget Macdonald: Sail Campden Gallery, fine art, Chipping Campden, camden gallery, contemporary, contemporary arts, contemporary art, artists, painting, sculpture, abstract painting, gloucestershire,  cotswolds, painting for sale, artwork for sale, modern art gallery, art exhibitions,arts gallery, gallery art, art gallery UK
A Sprig of Bay
oil on linen
31 x 25 cm
Magpie
sepia/Indian ink & watercolour on paper
10 x 15 cm
Pigeon
sepia/Indian ink & watercolour on paper
10 x 15 cm
Sail
sepia/Indian ink & watercolour on paper
10 x 15 cm
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