Moon Guitar by © Karin  Taylor

I wrote this poem after I was inspired by my painting Moon Guitar I believe a yuequin is a chinese mandolin, named for it’s moon shaped body.

Moon Guitar by Karin Taylor

There you were in your purple sing song dress
and your yuequin joining in with it’s perfect tones
the vibrations of your voice against the thin light
of the moon throws blue shadows down
like ink deposits fraternising with the brown earth
who are you with your night song and your pretty
unearthly sweetness, miss songstress of the deepest
you charm our inner worlds with your tender
strumming and your eloquent brand of poetics
under the lunar sky so frequented with stars…
and as you sing, I notice a tiny bird shiver and
a little heart quiver, their solitudinal states
at one for now, brought together by the lucid
lovingness of your kind motion and when the
earth meets the sky and the sea bows to the
sun, we shall all be one again under the blanket
that comforts us all. Yearning as we do for
that one thing, that is treasured above all,
love. Love in it’s purest form creates visions
that are far brighter than any romantic gesture.
Love in it’s purest state divine free from all
motive and measure. It is within, it is without
we need only let go of all our intentions and
wear love as a garment.

Celebrating 15 sales of this design so far, thank you all for your encouragement and support!!!

Drawing of Moon Guitar available here

Calendar available here

Ling Ling sits quietly observing nature by the light of the moon, so softly she strums her little moon guitar (yueqin) and as she does, the moon seems brighter, the fish jump in the pond, and all hearts combined quicken to the sound of little Ling’s songs….

Pencil on A3 Cartridge Paper (acid free) – Drawing 4 hours
Coloured digitally – Colouring 8 hours
Total time spent on piece – 12 hours

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  • Dante21
    Dante21over 5 years ago

    always so beautiful ! Very wonderful work !

  • thank you so much Stephan, I’ve worked on this all day for 8 hours straight, i’m pretty happy with it, so glad you like her! :)

    – © Karin Taylor

  • ArtSlut
    ArtSlutover 5 years ago

    absolutely beautiful Karin.Your skill with digital colouring blows me away :-)

  • aw, thanks Flower, so happy with it…. it’s really fun, but so much patience…i wear earplugs so nothing can disturb me, but i think i’m turning into a hunchback from too much sitting at ’puter :) xxx

    – © Karin Taylor

  • picketty
    pickettyover 5 years ago

    Incredible detail Karin. I hope you are taking regular breaks from the screen.

  • yes, thanx picketty, i call it, racing to the loo!!! :)

    – © Karin Taylor

  • Pip Gerard
    Pip Gerardover 5 years ago

    are you using a pen tablet to colour your images in? (mum was asking cause she loves the way you’re colouring your drawings.). another lovely piece. xoxo

  • Hi Pip, nah…just the mouse…I tried a tablet but it doesn’t feel comfortable to me. It’s very simple, just very very time consuming, this took 8 hours straight to colour. It’s mainly masking and bumping colours with a little bit of painting thrown in for good measure with the brushes, using lots of tools in Photoshop for shading and highlights, etc. To make it look good, I really have to draw in a lot of detail first with the pencil…so i draw everything in, and then sometimes will make changes adding things, duplicating flowers, etc….if it looks like it needs more balance .. thanx very much Pip … hi Lorna :) x

    – © Karin Taylor

  • Pip Gerard
    Pip Gerardover 5 years ago

    pretty sure I might have asked this before… so sorry if i have? :D xo

  • Sarah Bentvelzen
    Sarah Bentvelzenover 5 years ago

    You are amazing! :)

  • thx so much Sarah, if only my kids thought so too!! :) xoxo

    – © Karin Taylor

  • Anita Inverarity
    Anita Inverarityover 5 years ago

    Screams !!!!! OMG Karen, what an amazing thing to wake up to !!! Wow Wow Wow- this is extraordinary, exquisite, oh my- I think its your best ever and by gum thats hard to beat !! LOVE LOVE LOVE IT Mwaaaaaaaah xxxxx

  • hehe…i am trying so hard Anita!! so I’m thrilled you love it !! You don’t know how good it feels to hear you say that…as I thought it was my best work ever too… I think your detailed inks have inspired me to put more into my drawing, but I’ve never enjoyed art so much as lately…your enthusiasm means the world to me my friend :) xoxoxxo

    – © Karin Taylor

  • sparklehen
    sparklehenover 5 years ago

    I am agreeing with Anita here, these colours are stunning, well done Karin!!

  • sparkles, that means a lot to me, i’m glad you like the colours…I just start off with one colour and go from there, in this one it was sepia, then bluish mauve, then the soft pinks/yellows/greens/aquas came into play…i had no particular colour scheme in mind…i just let it unfold. :) x

    – © Karin Taylor

  • vian
    vianover 5 years ago


  • vian, thank you , thank you and thank you!!! lol ;)

    – © Karin Taylor

  • Elena Oleniuc
    Elena Oleniucover 5 years ago

    Very beautiful, so refined the colors ! Love it very much !

  • elena, thank you so much, i am so happy you like her!!! :) x

    – © Karin Taylor

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