When I paint a shamanic frame drum, the first thing I do is not have a plan for what to paint. I let the drum skin show me, by gazing while in a light trance into its dried surface, looking for the eyes of something from the other side looking back at me.
Next in my painting on the rawhide drum, I try not to paint the creatures who are showing themselves to me, but instead to paint the background. This feels like creating a shadow painting of colored dust behind the human and other than human beings. With the exception of the eyes, I only indicate shapes and lines in the interior of figures in the most minimal way. In this way they mostly present themselves.
If you would like me to be the artist's apprentice and paint your shamanic drum, contact Kristen at firstname.lastname@example.org
17" frame drum of Cortes Island blacktail deer hide
spruce wood frame with cedar fittings
maple cross pieces wrapped in smoke tan leather
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