Plein-air artist in­spired by na­ture’s hues

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS - Shirley Way shirley.way@cnbtimes.com.au

WA­TER­COLOUR artist Bar­bara Ge­orge Bajc uses her fine eye for de­tail to cap­ture her world on can­vas.

While on-site, or plein-air paint­ing is a pas­sion for Ms Bajc, as flow­ers and plants can’t be picked in na­tional parks, she will pho­to­graph or sketch birds to make up her own com­po­si­tions.

“If I’m trav­el­ling, I take pho­tos and learn to paint from that as the am­bi­ence is on-site, the joy is there,” Ms Bajc said.

The “real camper” en­joys trav­el­ling in­land and out­back to paint as “we’ve dis­turbed and de­stroyed so much na­ture around towns”.

“My favourite place in Vic­to­ria is Mt Buffalo and paint­ing the alpine wild­flow­ers in sum­mer,” Ms Bajc said.

“I love in­land (and) in Queens­land there are more shrubby things. It’s harder to find orchids.”

The for­mer pri­mary teacher worked for 13 years in Pa­pua New Guinea, where the but­ter­flies were a vi­brant in­spi­ra­tion.

“The but­ter­flies were always fas­ci­nat­ing, with 80 dif­fer­ent ones in my yard,” Ms Bajc said.

“I had a but­ter­fly net and a big hook to catch them, iden­tify them and let them go.”

She added ar­chi­tec­ture to her sub­ject mat­ter dur­ing her first trip to Italy with artist Mar­garet Cowl­ing in 2001.

“Most of my land­scapes are done on-site. To do old Queens­lan­ders I sit un­der a tree by the side of the road,” she said.

“The Queens­lan­ders are paint­ings in re­al­ity.”

Ms Bajc’s ex­hi­bi­tion is on dis­play at Gayn­dah Art Gallery in Au­gust and Septem­ber.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

VIVID COLOUR: Wa­ter­colour artist Bar­bara Ge­orge Bajc, from Bund­aberg, with her piece, Blue Bowls, on dis­play at the Gayn­dah Art Gallery.

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