Paintings Sold & News to be told…

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Breathing Space

Well… she was all packed to go, so I guess it should not be so hard to say good-bye to this beautiful oil painting “Breathing Space”! Yes, she was purchased at the opening of the Brisbane Rotary Arts Spectacular. I wish her well on her journey. I am pretty proud of this piece, it is extra special to me given that I was the model for this particular composition…

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“Breathing Space”… I have been doing so much packing and moving and culling of possessions and setting up of prized possessions and articles of clothing of late. It has been at times exhausting and at times quite liberating. I find it interesting to take note of what it is that I keep, that I hold dear. My mum had recently given me an extremely old box of stuff that was wrapped in newspaper of the day, which I promptly put into storage without even glimpsing at. To now have the time to go through this box… I find that she has kept and carefully wrapped clay figures that I had made probably 30 years ago! Along with drawings I had done and books filled with writing and school projects. Yes, through all of my culling, these are the things that I have chosen to hold dear. As I handle them, I am instantly taken back to the time that I first made them or drew them. I find it interesting that it is such a strong connection to my past and who I was as a kid and who I wanted to be when I grew up! It is this ‘knowing’, that I have become the person that I wanted to become, the mother that I wanted to be, the artist that I dreamed of becoming… that gives me breathing space. I am relieved. I can stop trying so hard and start enjoying the present.  Sometimes our journey through life can be so hard, that we feel that we just want to keep our head in the clouds, not stick too close to reality, keep daydreaming and imagining up fantastical stories and adventures. Sometimes we feel as though we secretly might need to have our bags packed, ever at the ready, in case the wind changes direction and takes our mind or heart with it. But sometimes, just sometimes, the wind settles and the clouds clear and the breathing space that we need…. is right here at home. How nice.

Other news:

Prints have been selling through my Print Shop and I am excited to have introduced the first of my newly launched Fine Art Photographic prints:

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These beautiful Fine Art Prints come matted, ready for framing. The are printed with Archival Ink onto Photographic Rag Paper and are signed and numbered by myself personally. There are only 5 of these printed and sold EVER!!!!!!! They are selling at $220 each.

Art classes are going well and students are currently enjoying developing their skills in Black & White Portrait painting. If you are interested in attending classes, they are held on Tuesday and Friday each week at my studio in Yaroomba on the Sunshine Cast. You can contact me if you would like to book your place: PH:0417231350

If you can’t get to me… DON”T PANIC

I am now offering online workshops that you can check out here.

If you got this far down the text… thankyou so much for taking the time to read… I hope that you enjoyed what I had to share. I would love to hear from you if you would like to share your thoughts on what brings you your own personal sense of Breathing Space.

Tara Spicer.


Auction of a very special painting!


Fine Art Oil on Gallery Linen

40″ x 30″

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… I never thought I would let go of this painting… in fact I had always imagined this painting hanging neatly above my bed to bring me beautiful dreams!

BUT… this weekend…. Dreamologie is being auctioned off to the highest bidder in a silent auction to raise funds for the Coolum Boardriders Club .

This is an awesome opportunity to purchase a prized artwork, of great value, at a very affordable price! Heck even I want to bid on it!!!

When: Sunday 22nd May 2016 (this Sunday)

Where: Coolum Beach Bowls Club

Why: For these little groms… the elite surfers of our future and for all involved in the Coolum Boardriders Club…


Here’s hoping that this awesome painting goes to a big fan.

Warm Regards,

Tara Spicer.


Black & White Portrait study

Hi Guys,

I have been really busy recently, nervously getting myself ready for a Photography Workshop with the beautiful Brooke Shaden, which is being held in Melbourne later this week, as well as launching my online Black & White Portrait painting classes.

During the live Skills Sessions held at my art studio, that these online sessions are based on, I have enjoyed guiding small groups of students step by step through creating their own life like portraits.

As I demonstrated the techniques to be put to use, I was able to create my own Portrait as a guide for those attending. This was so awesome, because it is a rare opportunity for me to be able to just enjoy painting for the sake of painting as opposed to creating a series of works for Gallery representation.

The sense of relief was grand and I think eminent in the feeling that comes across in the finished piece. I love its rough edges and deep eyes and I especially love the freckles:

B & W Portrait of Zoe

The following is an image of the finished piece in full:


B & W Portrait zoe in full

At just $20 you can sign in for the first part of this course. If you would like to take part in this online course please fill in the form below to join in the fun!

New Exhibition at Lethbridge Gallery

I am so proud to present my newest series of works at Lethbridge Gallery in Brisbane, Australia. Here is a little teaser for you of one of the paintings from the series:

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Flight Class 101

30″ x 40″

Oil on Raw Gallery Linen


Warming, spacious… a little nostalgic… who didn’t love making paper planes as a kid and who isn’t besotted with the freedom of flight? This kid is learning from two Rainbow Bee-Eaters’… the best in the business.

This series took more than six months of work. At the same time, our home was being renovated!!! Thankfully, I was still able to immerse myself into the creative world to escape the scaffolding and steady flow of people and crumbling ceiling plaster… I did begin to create some interesting ideas during the renovation phase though… I wonder what the next series will be based on?

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Under Construction

Com-posited Photography

Prints available upon request, prices according to size required. Hopefully I will be blogging again soon… This is a new product that I am very excited to offer! I look forward to your feedback… please be gentle as this work, in particular “Under Construction”, is a self-portrait! Love-tiques much appreciated.

Warm Regards,

Tara Spicer.