Journal

12K Milestone


Today I’m celebrating reaching a great milestone of 12K sales through my online store at Redbubble since I joined way back over 9 years ago, in Feb 2008! Thanks to everyone for the great ongoing support over all the years. There have been triumphs and big bumps, leaps and hurdles, at times I’ve been laid low, but through it all I’ve persevered. Many times I’ve wanted to throw in the towel, give up, walk away, but your support helped me find a way to keep going. I’m so grateful. Thank you. Here’s to the next 9 years, and here’s to you. May you always know that you’ve made a difference in my life. Thank you also to Martin Hosking and the Redbubble team, you made many of my dreams come true. xxx

Quitting Social Media Experiment

Firstly, thanks for all the lovely comments you left on my previous journal post about the break I was taking, I’ll check in next week and respond to you all. (I’m still on my social media week off ’til Monday).…

What have I noticed after a five day break from social media?

The first thing I want to mention here, before I go on to make a list of dot points, is that something profound did emerge from this break. I discovered something that I haven’t heard before. When I quit social media, perhaps the most incredible thing of all to me, and the biggest gift I gave myself here, was that I reconnected with myself. While plugged in to social media, I had sort of lost myself, my sense of who I am and what I desire. I think it’s akin to an addiction. I lost myself in my addiction. Too much

What matters most

What matters most?…

Is it Twitter impressions, Facebook views, Instagram likes? How heavily does our self worth rely on social media presence, online visibility and instant popularity?

Unfortunately, it can be a trap we fall into, if we have a small business that depends on how visible we are online.

I’m not here to tell you online presence doesn’t matter, because it is important if you’re trying to build a presence, however if it begins to impact you in a negative way, then it can become problematic.

If you become obsessed with whether a post received views, likes,comments etc to the point of it affecting your creativity and workflow, perhaps it’s time for some timeout. I’m not sure what the answer is, because I’ve experienced almost a week of zero views on Twitter for instance, and am cl

How & Why I Created my NEW Tie Dye Collection

I’ve been very busy lately creating some tie dye look designs because they really appeal to me. I try to think about the products and what I myself would like to wear, and one of the things that came to mind, was that I love tie dye, but don’t have anything at all in my wardrobe you could classify as tie dye. Why not see whether I can actually create some myself, using other than traditional methods. I’ve created the tie dye look, using my iPad and Procreate app. The Procreate app is fantastic for blending, where I can’t quite get those same effects with Photoshop CC and my Wacom Tablet, Procreate is a great tool for achieving the blending of paint that’s required. One of my favourite things to do when I first started painting with oil colours, was blending. The main thing I’d blend

Reflection on Creative Flow

As I reflect upon my creative journey I realise much of my output is simply a reflection of myself, my state of mind, grappling with things, etc. We are complex and there are many facets to our personality.…

Creativity is a journey into myself and back out again, it is like mining, extracting from my core whatever I can find of value, as a sort of currency I use to live my life. It affords me a sense of worth, gives me a sense that I’m contributing somehow. It’s not a means to an end, no, quite the opposite. I would describe my creativity more, as a living organism that has a heartbeat/rhythm, ebb and flow and experiences times of growth and times of health, wellbeing, is subject to getting ill and falling over, is fragile yet strong, is willing, vulnerable and versatile, sometimes in

New Paintings

Hi everyone, I haven’t posted a journal in quite a while, so I wanted to put together a collage of some of my new paintings to share with you, as you might not have had a chance to view them yet. So, here they are in collage form, and if you scroll down, you can see them individually with direct links! I hope you like the new works! Thank you for looking! :)

Chameleons

Rainbow Octopus

Beach Walk

Ladybirds

Galahs

Sea Pony

The Pirate and the Mermaid

Lotus Flower Dreamcatcher

We Weather Life Together

Guide to Macro iPhone Photography by Karin Taylor

About Me

I’m a visual artist, poet and iPhone photographer from Australia, who likes to dabble in macro iPhone photography. I came across macro iPhone photography by accident!


I’ve always been intrigued by insects and that tiny other world they live in, in fact some of my earliest paintings depict beetles. I don’t know exactly why, but I think it has to do with their jewel like appeal and a school project I did on Egypt which introduced me to beautiful Scarab beetles.

My father also collected shells, specimens from the sea etc. and we had a menagerie of unusual pets growing up, including blue ringed octopus, lion fish, pineapple fish, a freshwater croc, etc. To my great delight I saw a lizard being born when I was about 2, managed to wash turkey chicks to within an inch of their life (

Ella Rose with my Fox and Owl Scarves

My beautiful great niece Ella Rose, interacting with the foxes and owls on two of my scarves Little Foxes and Fox and Owl It touched my heart to see this dear little one engaged with my creations. Photo Credit: Ashleigh her Mumma, who is my beautiful niece. Thank you so much Ashleigh for getting these wonderful photos and allowing me to share! :) xxx Scarves and other printed products available from my online store

Other Links
Karin Taylor | Website & Blog
Karin Taylor | Art Portfolio Prints
Karin Taylor | Owls
Karin Taylor | Elephants
Karin Taylor Art | Facebook
Karin Taylor Photography | Instagram
Karin Taylor | Twitter
How Karin Taylor takes beautiful iPhone Macro Photos
Bored Panda Articles on Photography and Art
Karin Taylor Photography | Tumblr
YouTube Time Lapse Painting Videos

Published by Olloclip

Honoured and grateful to find three of my iPhone Olloclip Macro photos published in Olloclip’s #ImagesSpeakLouder a collection of Olloclip’s favourite Olloclip photography captured throughout the year.

The first image is one of coloured matchsticks;
The second image is a 9 spotted leaf beetle;
The third image shows the end of worn coloured pencils.

See more of my art and photography at the links below:

Karin Taylor | Art Portfolio Prints
Karin Taylor | Owls
Karin Taylor | Elephants
Karin Taylor Art | Facebook
Karin Taylor Photography | Instagram
Karin Taylor | Twitter
How Karin Taylor takes beautiful iPhone Macro Photos
Bored Panda Articles on Photography and Art
Karin Taylor Photography | Tumblr
YouTube Time Lapse Painting Videos

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