Auction and Opportunity

Art Auction  – Sunshine Coast. QLD.

Hosted by Mix FM, the annual Give Me 5 For Kids ART AUCTION.

Mix FM’s Give Me Five For Kids ART AUCTION ! Tuesday June 14 from 6pm at the brand new Garry Crick VW showroom in Maroochydore. More than 50 art works in a no reserve live and silent auction…come for a drink and look – it’s free – and absolutely every cent you spend goes to helping sick kids and their families on the Sunshine Coast. Last bids at 8.15pm.

I am donating one of my brand new, Limited Edition Fine Art Composited Prints:

“Tales Untold”

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Tara Spicer – ‘Tales Untold’
Size: approx: 80 x 60cm
Archival Ink Printed to Fine Art Rag
Matted and frame

This print “Tales Untold” is based on the yet untold adventures of the life of my daughter. I find it amazing to look ahead into her future and wonder what experiences she might have and how life may unfold for her. I am scared for her and excited for her and I hope that life is kind to her and that it is packed with so much love and friendship and delight and strength and empowerment and oh so much more… but despite the hopes that I grip firmly in my hand and heart… in reality, it is all unknown and it is hers alone, to journey through.

This particular piece features my daughter, herself… a cat that lives near the local primary school that comes to say goodmorning most mornings and a Rainbow Bee Eater that nests at Yaroomba Parklands. I feature only locals and people who have personally crossed my path  within all of my works. It is important to me to include locals within this magical process to enable others to see themselves in a completely new way. To me , this adds value to the piece for both its added locally based roots as well as making the life of another a little exciting.

The framing of this particular print has been donated by Deck The Walls picture framing and the print was expertly printed for me by Display Art Imaging.

I am also donating an original oil painting… the last of my own stock!


Some of these paintings, I never thought i would part with as I imagined they would stay in our family, but I feel that it is better to add fortitude to an opportunity to pass solution, relief and happiness on to others who are in need! And that is exactly what the money raised through the art auction enables.

To Add to the excitement of this month… one of my works has been featured in Art Edit Magazine!:

This art magazine is packed full of art investment advice, articles on fantastic Australian artists (this month one of our own locals’ Lisa Lee is featured as well), tips on hanging works and insights into current artists and exhibitions. This is my favorite art magazine and I highly recommend putting a pot of tea on before you immerse yourself within its’ pages because you will be there for a while!

You can get your own copy of this Month’s Issue now at Newsagents throughout Australia.

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!

“Tiny Tara”

Get your hands on a “Tiny Tara” and bring a smile to your home’s face!!!! If you have a love of small and fine things, these Hand Embellished Giclee Prints are just what the Doctor ordered.

Each Print is created with Archival Ink and then hand embellished, signed and numbered by the artist.

Just head to to get your fix today!

i am so excited to be able to offer these prints to you… they have been 10 years in the making!!!
Tara Spicer.

What’s going on?

Hello and welcome again into my studio. Well the renovations have begun to slow here at my studio and I am slowly re-discovering my paint pots and brushes! I even found one of my art students hiding behind an easel the other day!!! In the meantime, much has happened both on and off the canvas and I thought I might do a little ‘show and tell’.

I recently whipped up and delivered this new commissioned work to its’ very happy new owners… a bathtub nude for a bathroom entrance… just perfect:

“Lucky Ducky”

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Oil painting onto Marine Ply. Just so beautiful and glossy. Thankyou so much to my now very good friend, for posing for this painting 🙂

I also now have two new works availble for purchase through and on display at Sensaura Day Spa at Noosa

Current Works on Display at Sansura Day Spa Noosa.
Current Works on Display at Sensaura Day Spa Noosa.

These works are both Original Oil Paintings on Gallery Linen. Sized at 40 x 30 inches each, they are a pure delight for the senses and priced at $1200.00 each they are a real bargain for your own home or office space.

In other news, 2 more paintings have sold through Gallery Beneath at Mooloolaba. Thankyou to my valued buyers and I know that you will enjoy your recent purchase for years to come.

Better Off
Better Off
The Path, the Show, the Time Keeper and the Crow!
The Path, the Show, the Time Keeper and the Crow!

In their place, I am in the finishing stages of 3 new works… one of which may have already sold while the paint is still wet!!! To be available soon through Gallery Beneath:

A Hard Act to Follow Original Oil Painting on Gallery Linen 40 x 30 inches $2800.00

‘A Hard Act to Follow’

‘Sweetening the Deal’

Original Oil Painting on Gallery Linen

30 x 40 inches


‘Bush Rehearsal of the Travelling Circus’

Original Oil Painting on Gallery Linen

30 x 40 inches


I am still taking entries to my Unique Art Book Competition and I would like to Thank all of my followers who have shared and liked my recent post in the hopes of winning a copy of the book. The raffle is being drawn on March 14th 2013, so you still have a chance to enter if you like :-)… simply share or like this post through wordpres or facebook, and you too will be in the running.

Coming soon… a new ‘how-to’ video and discussions on symbolism and other arty obsessions 🙂

I hope you can join me,

Tara Spicer

A red what?

Why / How… the red wash.

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This was a technique that I was taught by fellow artist “Warren Haney” when I had lessons with him some years ago, and it is a technique that I really love to work with . Originally taught to me for the use in acrylic painting, it is still a technique that I use today with oil painting. In fact… I really wouldn’t know where to start without it!


The red wash is done primarily over your sketch as the very first step to your painting process.

By brushing a streak free ‘tint’ over your sketch you are setting a ‘mid-tone’ to your work. From this mid-tone it is much much easier to begin the actual painting of your subject as all the lights are knocked back a tad.

Now you can start to ‘bring in’ or ‘paint in’ all the whites and lights in your painting. Set against the tinted background, this gives your painting a much more immediate ‘finished and rounded look, as the highlighted areas are really popping right off the canvas already! Using this technique also gives you a lot more feedback and a better suggestion of what your painting is going to look like when it is finished. I find it is much easier to stick to completing your painting when you love it at EVERY step, not just at the end!


Using the ‘red wash’ to underpaint your painting also seals in the graphite of your drawing so as not to stain the paint when you begin painting.


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After finishing your drawing, either on paper OR on canvas… prepare your ‘red wash’. For my red wash, I use a small dab of Pyrolle Red Aterlier paint, roughly enough to just cover the tip of your finger. Place paint into a high sided container. I then add Atelier clear painting medium. This medium is milky white, but dries clear. Add around 80 mls of the medium to the paint. The consistency should be such that when you spread the medium over a sketch with a brush, that you have a nice, light tint over your sketch and can still see all the details of your sketch clearly.

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When mixed, pour the wash over your sketch… very dramatic… I know!

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Using a soft and hopefully ‘streak free’ brush like a Hake… spread the tint over your entire sketch…

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Don’t panic… but DO continue to spread the tint without stopping. If you allow this stuff to even partially dry before you finish it can get very gluggy and patchy!

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Hint: the larger your brush, the less streaks. Continue until you have a beautiful even coverage of your tint.


A beautiful ‘red wash’ over your painting to seal in your drawing and create a perfect mid-tone from which you can paint.


Oh well, I guess you will have to wait for my next post! But in the mean time, I would love to hear how you go with this technique if you try it 🙂

Warm Regards,

Tara Spicer.



My artistic vision…

Pics from the studio...
Pics from the studio…

Hi all, and thankyou for following my site, my career and my epic journey on this artistic life path. Wow, what a mouthfull of an intro 🙂 . But it is for a cause. It is the new year and as I was teaching one of my art students last night when she inquired as to whether I had made any New Year’s resolutions for 2013… you know, I had not even taken a single second to think about it! Not even on the first day of the year between early morning yoga and the glistening sun later that day at Noosa Beach. This came as little bit of a shock to me as I am the sort of person who would normally make a very conscious and considered effort to take the time and space to ‘time out’ and sit down… to surround myself with crystals and candles… to do a quiet and focused meditation and basically sort my soul out while transcendent hippy music soothes my senses softly in the background!

But not this year! This year just slipped in quietly and unnoticed between my toast and morning cuppa!

So I made the concerted decision to “better late than never” sort myself out last night and to make sure that I was still ‘in the flow’ for 2013. I rummaged through some of my older stuff to try and re-discover my intent for my artistic career and what I HAVE to share with YOU… and to my absolute unbounded artistic joy… this is what I found, written in the archives of long ago, straight from my heart:

“I believe that painted images have the power to create s shift within a person, not unlike a song or a well read story, that changes the person from that moment on. It is in this belief that I create the works that I do, in the hope that I can bring warmth, magic and hope to those who love my work… That on some level, the viewer is moved and their faith in this world and their own light is restored and inspired.” Tara Spicer

WOW. I could not have said it any better!

So I welcome each of you warmly with heart felt genuine intention that it some gentle or even bold manner… through my artworks and though my intentions throughout 2013, that you are ‘moved’ and that you are ‘inspired’ by what you find here.

Love and Light,

Tara Spicer – Artist.


* Pics from my first piece for 2013

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Hello and Welcome

Hello and welcome to Tara Spicer Art Blog!

This is my new space, ‘behind my easel’ where you can watch all the real magic happen.

Here is where you will get a sneak peek at the creative engine behind the deep whimsy within my beautiful Fine Art Oil Paintings, as well as gain insight into some clever and creative painting tips.

I wish a warm welcome to all Collector’s, Curator’s and Creative Candles out there in the wind who have found their way to my blog.


Title: The Path… the Show, Sacred Law and the Timeless Crow.
Medium: Oil on Gallery Linen
Size:150 x 100 x 3cm

My website is where you will find a catalogue of my most recent works as well as some limited edition Canvas Prints.

You can also follow me on facebook.

Please enjoy.

Tara Spicer, Artist.