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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Copyright © 2016 Sam Flegal, All Rights Reserved

 

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Odin on a Windy Tree (LE Silk Screen)

I’m excited to share that the Limited Edition Silk Screen Prints of “Odin on a Windy Tree”are all done!

I’m going to be signing and numbering each of these and then shipping them out to my Kickstarter backers over the next month.

If you’re not on of the 60 lucky folks to be getting a print, but now that you see how freakin’ sweet they are you want to order one, then you’re in luck. There are 40 prints left to be sold, first come first serve. HERE IS THE LINK.

Thanks to all my backers and supporters!

Sam

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Bragi’s Tongue

Sometimes things just click with a painting, and “Bragi’s Tongue” was one of those. As I painted it in oil things felt effortless. I seemed to know exactly where to put each color and everything just flowed. I finished this painting in about half the time it usually takes me. Everything just felt right. It was a real joy to work on.

I hope you like it as much as I enjoyed making it.

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“Bragi’s Tongue” by Sam Flegal, 18″ x 24″ oil painting

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 “Bragi’s Tongue.”

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