Let the Kickstarter Spice Flow!

One of the exciting things about Kickstarter’s Make 100 program is that it has encouraged so many of my artist friends to make amazing art and share it with the world via crowdfunding. The idea is simple, make a project with a Limited Edition of 100.

Let me share the talents of my friends with you!

Allen Panakal is offering a LE print of “Knight of Jupiter,” from his story Ancient Ones.

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Knight of Jupiter

 

Tawny Fritz chooses to battle the difficulties in her life with art, the result of which is a LE print of her personal painting “Adia.”

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Adia

 

Eli Minaya has a whole a bundle of things including LE prints, a sketchbook, and an Enamel Pin all centered around his painting of “Keter” for Angelarium.

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Keter

 

Gavin Valentine is making his first sketchbook, called Elsewhere. The LE version contains an original drawing by Gavin!

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Elsewhere

 

Stephen Najarian is stepping it up with a LE print of his latest painting “Lord of Night.”

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Lord of Night

 

 

Tyler Walpole is giving us all a peak into his world called Blood of Dragons through a LE print of his painting “Spirit Dragon.”

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Spirit Dragon


Oh and I’m still running a Kickstarter too!

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Runes Shalt You Find

 

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Runes Shalt You Find on Kickstarter!

NEW PRINT ON KICKSTARTER

As a reward for “The Illustrated Hávamál,” Kickstarter, a series of high-end Limited Edition silkscreen prints were created for “Odin in a Windy Tree.” The prints turned out amazingly! As a part of the new Kickstarter 100 program and as a follow-up to the Limited Edition “Odin in a Windy Tree” silkscreen prints, I want to make another amazing print featuring “Runes Shalt You Find.”

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Runes Shalt You Find was created as a meditation on Verse 143 from “The Hávamál.” It is one illustration out of “The Illustrated Hávamál,” a book that I funded on Kickstarter with great success in March of 2016.

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Each Limited Edition print will be silkscreened on 18″ x 24″ 100 lb French Paper, signed and numbered by the artist Sam Flegal. This edition will be of 100.

Please back my latest project on Kickstarter!

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The Illustrated Havamal is real!

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I can hold the book in my hands!

“The Illustrated Havamal” is a real book! I can hold it in my hands, and all the pre-order copies have been mailed out! I’ve made the book available in my store.

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WHAT IS THE HAVAMAL?

“The Hávamál” is a collection of ancient Norse wisdom, thought to have been written down in about 1270 CE. The title, Hávamál, translates as “Sayings of Har.” Har is the High One, another name for Odin, hence the ancient text means “Sayings of the High One.” These sayings are a collection of poetry, offering insights and wisdom to help one lead an honorable life.

One theory about “The Hávamál” is that before it was written down, it represented a way to pass knowledge from one generation to the next. These wise sayings were done in verse in order to work as a mnemonic devise. As a youth transitioned to adulthood, part of his rite of passage would be to memorize the lore of his people. The same way that songs and rhymes make things easier to remember today, much of the lore and wisdom of the tribe was passed down in verse.

With the Christianization of the North, scholars took it upon themselves to preserve their ancient culture by writing down these verses. The greatest collection of preserved poetry is “The Poetic Edda,” one section of which is “The Hávamál.”

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How did this project start?

Starting in December 2015, Sam Flegal dedicated a month to illustrate “The Hávamál.” Each day he did a different ink drawing based on a verse from the ancient Norse text. In order to harness inspiration, he started with random ink blobs, and then meditated on the text. Once things felt right, he approached the ink blobs, and with the text in mind began to find shapes and forms within the randomness. Each drawing was made using brush and ink. Even though it took Sam a little longer than a month, he managed to complete 31 ink drawings. In preparation for this book, Sam did 12 more ink drawings!

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You can get your copy of “The Illustrated Havamal” HERE.

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Head Sculpture

Excited about this sculpt by Brian Hulsey! Check out the cool side by side with my original painting “The King’s New Crown.”

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2 New Hoedkin

Chill Hoedkin

Though short in stature, this Hoedkin loves good food, good beer, and a good smoke, to the point that his edges have rounded a bit. He prefers to live in a home where folks appreciate a little slower pace and the “finer” things in life. Not to say that he won’t help out around the house when needed, but don’t expect anything too fast! He’ll get around to it. Don’t forget your little friend at meal time, otherwise he might get a bit more mischievous than a family appreciates.

Original painting done in oils and measures 9″x12″.

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Tea Hoedkin

Here we have an example of an old house spirit, specifically of the Kobold variety from Germany. Most likely he’s been with your family for many generations and may have followed your ancestors from the old country. Don’t let his age or demeanor frighten you, he’s an old softy deep down. He has a love for a hot cup of tea, and spending time with friends and family.

Original painting done in oils and measures 9″x12″.

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You can read more about the Hoedkin – http://www.fatefulsigns.com/hoedkin/

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Drinking Horns!

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About a week ago, I got in all the drinking horns. Each one was hand carved by Brian Marshall. I’ve looked over each of them, taken some photographs and they look absolutely beautiful. I’m so happy with how they turned out! Brian did some amazing work!!!

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The horns he selected have a wonderful ivory finish that fades down to black. This allowed Brian to reveal the deeper black layers of the horn as he carved into them. In places it almost feels like he was using a brush, the line work has such a delicate feel. Such incredible work, you really need to see them in person!

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Brian and I have each been asked by a number of people if we’d be offering more horns in the future. We worked out the details, and I’m excited to say yes! If you missed getting a horn during the Kickstarter you can now order one at www.fatefulsigns.com

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Freyja’s Due

“Freyja is the most renowned of the goddesses; she has in heaven the dwelling called Fólkvangr, and wheresoever she rides to the strife, she has one-half of the kill, and Odin half, as is here said:

Fólkvangr ‘t is called, | where Freyja rules

     Degrees of seats in the hall;

Half the kill | she keepeth each day,

     And half Odin hath.

– Gylfaginning, Translated by Arthur Gilchrist Brodeur

This is the largest oil painting I have ever done. It measures 48″ x 29″. It was incredibly challenging, but I feel that I have learned so much in its creation. I’ve wanted to do a Freyja painting for awhile. She is the goddess I get asked the most about.

I didn’t want to do the traditional image of Freyja as the beautiful Goddess of love. I wanted to do battle ready badass Freyja riding atop her battle swine, out to collect the dead that are half her’s by right. I feel like I accomplished that, I hope you like the painting as much as I liked making it.

If you want to read more about my thought process behind this painting you can do so on the Gods and Goddesses page.

Only 25 Limited Edition Prints will be made for “Freyja’s Due.”

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