Dragonfly Drum

Dragonfly Drum

Dragonfly Drum.

This was done recently for a client whose attention was drawn to the central “human” face found between the eyes of a common dragonfly, something often depicted in historic Northwest Coast style work. This was perhaps especially appealing to early practitioners of an art form that often features nested, or extra faces as part of it’s essential characteristic structure. This in turn suggests to many the universal notion of an inner being or soul. I had this idea in mind when painting this 18-inch deer hide drum. Because it represents a dragonfly I took pleasure in using an iridescent blue paint for the eyes, white iridescence for the wings, (difficult to see in photographs).