Friday, September 17, 2010

Alex's Cajon

Painting Alex's Cajon

This is my friend Alex who I know from Jim Donovan's Summer Rhythm Renewal retreats in Loretto, PA. (He's a drummer like me.) One day on Facebook, he asked me when I might be back in the Loretto area. (About 4 hours away from me.) When I asked why, he told me that he had made a cajon drum and would I be interested in painting a mandala on it for him? He got the idea from when I wrote about the pole I painted for my friend Jaqui MacMillan.

Two weeks ago I left for Jim D's Great Rhythm Revival in Sherman, New York. After spending 4 days at the Revival, I went and visited with new friends near Findley Lake for 5 more days, then drove to Johnstown to visit with another friend. Realizing that Johnstown is about an hour away from Loretto, I called Alex & told him I was in town and would be happy to paint his new drum if he was still interested.

Painting Alex's Cajon

This is where I started - on the left side of the drum. Made out of plywood, Alex found the instructions on a site called Instructables.

Painting Alex's Cajon

As usual, I have no design in mind. No plan... I just pick up a brush and start to paint. We are using inexpensive opaque acrylic craft paints. They cover the wood quite well. I contemplated painting the background, then decided it would be cool for the wood to peek through.

Painting Alex's Cajon

The colors I used were royal blue, red, gray & black. This is how far I took it before deciding to add a black outline over top.

Painting Alex's Cajon

I am a much bigger fan of adding black over top of a painting, than outlining with it and painting it in. I think it looks much more organic & loose this way.

Painting Alex's Cajon

Once again, the final product. Alex was quite pleased. I suggested that he paint one of his own on the other side, since he learned to make them earlier this summer in my mandala workshop at the retreat. Can't wait to see how it turns out!

Mandala Workshop at the 2010 Summer Rhythm Renewal in Loretto, PA

Mandala workshop in Loretto. Alex is in the back with his cap turned backwards.

2 comments:

G.Young said...

Oh wow. This is just beautiful.

G.Young said...

I have decided I have to have one of these. I know there are cajon plans and cajons for sale on the internet, but does any of your buddies make these to sell? Or is shipping too prohibitively costly? Besides, if one of your friends does sell them, I'd rather buy from him/her! Thanks!

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