Freyja’s Due

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“Many a fearless swordsman
Received the Tears of Freyja
The more the morn when foemen
We murdered; we were present.”

– SKÁLDSKAPARMAL, Translated by Arthur Gilchrist Brodeur

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Freya is gold, her tears are gold. She is often sought after as a prize by giants and the many foes of Asgard. She is valued by many for her beauty, but she is so much more, so much stronger, and so she resists!

My first drawing for “Freya Resists” was done as a part of the “Illustrated Voluspa.” The verse referred to the story of “The Wall of Asgard,” a story were Freya is offered as the prize. At the time I also struggled with feeling the pull of many who wanted my time, often people who didn’t even really know me, but wanted a piece of me none the less.

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Freya became an allegory for strength. One so beautiful and desired, yet when one looks deeper they will find she is so much more.

I hope that those who struggle with these feelings see Freya, and remember that they too are so much more. You too can RESIST!

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Viking Metal Prints!

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New Hoedkin

Realized it’s been awhile since I posted the new Hoedkin (House Spirits) I’ve been making. Many of them have sold, but a couple are still available HERE.

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Book Hoedkin, 12×16 Oil Painting, $600

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Beer Hoedkin,12×16 Oil Painting, $500

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Guinness Hoedkin, 12×16 Oil Painting, SOLD

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Mead Hoedkin, 9×12 Oil Painting, SOLD

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Wine Hoedkin, 9×12 Oil Painting, SOLD

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Cat Hoedkin, 9×12 Oil Painting, SOLD

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Elemental Thor

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“Thor is the foremost of them, he that is called Thor of the Æsir, or Öku-Thor; he is strongest of all the gods and men… Thor has two he-goats, that are called Tooth-Gnasher and Tooth-Gritter, and a chariot wherein he drives, and the he-goats draw the chariot; therefore is he called Öku-Thor.”

– Gylfaginning, Arthur Gilchrist Brodeur Translation

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I first touched on the concept of the great thunderer as a force of nature when working on the Voluspa. In verse 26 I used the following things as inspiration:

– In Germany an Oak Tree is called Donar’s Oak (Donar is Thor)
– In parts of Europe a common house leek was grown into thatched roofs to protect against lightning. In the North this plant was called Thor’s Beard.
– Thor’s goats propel him through the sky
– At the base of Thor’s hammer is an oath ring. In many Germanic cultures Thor was the keeper of oaths.

It’s the first time I was able to create an image of Thor that spoke deeply to me. I’ve been wanting to do a full color oil painting of Thor for a long time, and the drawing for the Voluspa led me to paint “Elemental Thor.”

In the painting I show Thor as a force of nature. He is the thunder, the tornado, and the storm. His goats propel him through the sky and his red beard blazes through the heavens, as he brings his lightning hammer to bear against the foes of Asguard.

The original painting was done in oil and measures 36″ x 36″.

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Metal Prints on Kickstarter

IMG_7450Fateful Signs presents a collection of ink drawings, by artist Sam Flegal, illuminated on shining metal and mounted on wood. These prints make the perfect home décor for any rustic Viking or modern follower of the old ways.

All printed, hand mounted, and shipped in time for Yule!

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You guys kept asking me, “what’s next?” Well I’m excited to share that I’ve created these metal prints! Over the last several months I’ve been working with my printer and experimenting with different surfaces. The prints on metal turned out great, so I tried out a few different images. I loved the way the color turned out on “Thor’s Hammer with Odin’s Ravens,” so I started with that.

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I wanted a way to make the image feel complete. One thing I’ve learned is that you guys love art that feels finished and is ready to hang on the wall. I personally really like the “rustic” look that’s very popular right now so I tried mounting the metal print on wood… and wow! I LOVED IT!!!

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After that it was just a matter of making more cool metal prints! I often get asked for prints of the Fateful Signs logo, because let’s face it, ravens are metal, runes are metal, and Huginn and Muninn are certainly metal. Of course the logo would look killer as a metal sign!

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And finally I wanted to try a different shape and something bigger. I’ve always like the circular nature of “Runes Shalt you Find.” The drawing showcases the circle of Odin’s life, and also the wheel that we all turn on. It’s a big print, the wood is 24″ diameter, and I think it turned out amazing!

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In order to get a feel for the size here are some picks of yours truly holding the new metal prints:

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Dark Grows the Sun

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The original painting was done in oil and measures 13″ x 26″.

There feeds he full | on the flesh of the dead,
And the home of the gods | he reddens with gore;
Dark grows the sun, | and in summer soon
Come mighty storms: | would you know yet more?

– Voluspa, Verse 41, Bellows Translation

This painting is deeply personal to me. Throughout 2017, I worked on the “Illustrated Voluspa”. The ink drawing for Verse 41 really struck me. The idea of a person’s light being drained resonated. As I walked my own personal journey in 2017 I realized that I felt my own light was being drained. In response I lashed out, and hurt some of the most important people in my life. Though I felt like the victim, in truth I was the monster. I think if we pause a moment we can all relate to the tale of the goddess, Sól, and the wolf who chases her, Sköll.

 

Some days I am the sun.

Like the goddess Sól, the desires of others,

my obligations, their need;

has ripped me open.

All the light I have left in this world

drains from me, until I grow dark.

Other days I am the wolf.

Like the hungry Sköll, I desire others.

My thirst, my need;

it overpowers my ability to see her.

And nothing will sate my appetite,

Until I drain all she has to give, and she grows dark.

– Dark Grows the Sun, by Sam Flegal

 

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Original Tone Drawing – 11.5″ x 23″

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Voluspa Complete!!!

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After over a year of work the “Illustrated Voluspa” is finished and out in the world!!! I’m super proud of how this turned out!

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