Plein-air artist inspired by nature’s hues
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.
VIVID COLOUR: Watercolour artist Barbara George Bajc, from Bundaberg, with her piece, Blue Bowls, on display at the Gayndah Art Gallery.