Yule Spirits – Limited Edition

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I got some requests to do Limited Edition, 18″x24″ prints for my painting “Yule Spirits.” So I’m doing a short run of 30 archival prints. I’ve added them to my STORE.

You can read more about the painting HERE.

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Days of the Week, Fateful Signs Style!

Realized I’d done paintings for all the appropriate Gods and Goddesses associated with the days of the week. Thought I’d have some fun, feel free to share!

-Sam

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Odin on a Windy Tree

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Throughout the months of December and January I completed 31 ink drawings all themed around the ancient Norse text, The Hávamál. I’m offering a series of Limited Edition prints based on those drawings. The first, “Odin on a Windy Tree,” is available now at Fateful Signs.

I ween that I hung | on the windy tree,
Hung there for nights full nine;
With the spear I was wounded, | and offered I was
To Othin, myself to myself,
On the tree that none | may ever know
What root beneath it runs.

-Hávamál v139, Bellows translation

If there’s a particular verse of The Hávamál you want to be next as a Limited Edition print please let me know.

-Sam

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The Hávamál Project – Day 31, verse 143

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Today’s verse was very important to me because it’s the verse I used to name my series of paintings on Norse Lore. I call my series Fateful Signs. I’ve even created a new logo and website to feature Fateful Signs: www.fatefulsigns.com

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Today also marks the last day of my Hávamál Project (see DAY ONE). I’ve completed 31 ink drawings, and so today’s verse was also special for that reason. So I wanted to spend a little extra time on it. For that reason I made today’s drawing larger than the others at 16″ x 20″. I did the same for Verse 139

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As I searched for the image in the ink blobs I knew the piece would be about Odin. He is the King of Singers after all. As I developed the image I also found Frigga and Fenris. Of course there are runes and fateful signs as well. In the end it turned into a wheel of Odin’s journey. I felt this was fitting.

Thanks for following along with me as I completed my Hávamál Project. Hopefully you’ve enjoyed the drawings and my process; perhaps you even found some wisdom and fateful signs of your own!

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The Hávamál Project – Day 30, verse 61

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If you want to read more about my Hávamál Project check out DAY ONE.

To learn about my process for making these drawings CLICK HERE.

I invite you to take this journey with me. You can find the Bellows translation of the Hávamál HERE. If you have a favorite passage share it with me either via e-mail or social media.

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The Hávamál Project – Day 29, verse 89

Havamal_V89_text_webIf you want to read more about my Hávamál Project check out DAY ONE.

To learn about my process for making these drawings CLICK HERE.

I invite you to take this journey with me. You can find the Bellows translation of the Hávamál HERE. If you have a favorite passage share it with me either via e-mail or social media.

You can find me in all the fashionable internet places and follow along as I go:

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To see more of my work or to contact me for availability to help with your project, please visit: www.samflegal.com

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The Hávamál Project – Day 28, verse 158

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Continuing with Odin’s spells is Verse 158, in which we learn that Odin can speak to the dead. In particular if the dead person was killed via hanging. This harkens back to one of Odin’s earlier forms of worship. Several of Odin’s names give reference to his connection to the gallows: Hangadróttinn (Lord of the Hanged), Hangaguð or Hangatýr (God of the Hanged), Hangi (The Hanged One), Heimþinguðr hanga (Visitor of the Hanged), Valdr galga (Ruler of the Gallows), and Farmr galga (Gallow’s Burden).

This verse has always captured my imagination. I’m not entirely sure why, but I love the image of speaking to the gallows dead. One little detail I can share are the runes I chose for Odin to mark on the corpse’s chest. The bottom most rune is Naudiz, meaning “need or distress” and is often associated with death. The middle rune is Ehwaz means “horse”, an animal sacred to the Norse and used in sacrifice and divination. The topmost rune is Gebo, meaning “the act of giving.”

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If you want to read more about my Hávamál Project check out DAY ONE.

To learn about my process for making these drawings CLICK HERE.

I invite you to take this journey with me. You can find the Bellows translation of the Hávamál HERE. If you have a favorite passage share it with me either via e-mail or social media.

You can find me in all the fashionable internet places and follow along as I go:

Instagram

Tumblr

Facebook

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To see more of my work or to contact me for availability to help with your project, please visit: www.samflegal.com

Subscribe to my YouTube channel: HERE

To be the first to get special offers and news about my art sign up for my Newsletter: HERE

STAY STRANGE!

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