Thursday, November 24, 2016

Medicine Drums

I recently attended a workshop with Jennifer Wust of Mountain River Drums and created my own frame drum- this is Riversong. 

Jen makes beautiful drums and leads drum circles,
 these are some of  her hard working drums and they have been played by many people over many years. 

 We have decided to collaborate on painted drums with Jen creating these beauties and me painting on them. So she has sent these ones up for me to experiment on and get used to what will work on them.

So far I have tested various inks, stains, paints and dyes for application and they will need to go back out and do some more work now to see how the drums work with these art materials on them and also how the art materials hold up to life as a working medicine drum. 


  1. Beautiful Louise, it will be interesting to hear what works well..........I have been wanting to paint mine now for some time but have been afraid to because it needs to withstand water etc which is applied to drum when the dry out too much etc. All your images are wonderful and will add their medicine to that which already exists in each drum xx

    1. Yes Danie it is all to test things out before we start working on precious new drums. I also want to pain my own drum but have not been game for the same reasons- drinking the drum and also the movement of the skin.

      Thank you for your kind words it is a real joy working so simply on these - I am using intuition and intentional creativity to do each one, no layers and making the 'canvass' a big part of the work.


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