Mt Perry artist Adrienne Williams is an aficionado of an artistic method called plein air, which involves painting outdoors.
Mt Perry artist Adrienne Williams is an aficionado of an artistic method called plein air, which involves painting outdoors. Contributed

Bush breathes life into works

NOT many artists would set up camp in a remote part of the country to better their craft, but Mt Perry woman Adrienne Williams isn't afraid to follow the inspiration for her paintings - even if it leads her to the desert.

Mrs Williams is an aficionado of an artistic method called plein air, or more simply, the practice of painting outdoors. And it's an experience she is so fond of, it led to her camping out in Western Australia's Bungle Bungles for 10 days, sketching and observing the nature around her.

"I tend to go out and sketch," Mrs Williams said.

"For the final paintings, I work in oil, acrylics, pencils and gouache - but sometimes the paintings I do outdoors will make it into an exhibition."

Mrs Williams wants to encourage art lovers to get out among nature and will hold a workshop in the Bundaberg Botanic Gardens next month.

The workshop, being held in conjunction with the Bundaberg Regional Art Gallery, will teach participants tactile skills to get them out and about.

"We won't be teaching styles or teaching people to draw," Mrs Williams said.

"The workshop is quite a practical one.

"I'll be teaching people how to put together a lightweight kit because it can be difficult in the bush and in parks to carry art gear around."

Mrs Williams will demonstrate different ways of using well-known mediums and demonstrate plein air artworks by Australian artists.

She said Bundaberg offers many choices for people wanting to paint outdoors, with great scenery never far away.

"I tend to paint wilderness areas and places that are not in an urban area," she said.

"In Bundaberg, you can drive 30 minutes and find beautiful hills or forests. There are some lovely areas around Burrum Heads and Mon Repos."

Mrs Williams' artworks will be on display at the Bundaberg Regional Art Gallery as part of the upcoming Landscapes exhibition in gallery one.

The free exhibition will open on January 21 and will also feature works by Ainslie McMahon, Amanda Van Gils, Jacqui Reed, Jennifer Kenny and Veronika Zeil.



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