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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Thor on Wood

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Trying something new… prints on wood panel. I’m bringing two of these to Origins this week for the first time. I plan to make more. What do you guys think?

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The Masked One

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He wore a dark-blue mantle and called himself Grimnir, but said no more about himself, though he was questioned.

– Grimnismol, Prose Introduction, Bellows Translation

 

The concept of masks, and a god of masks has always been fascinating to me. One of Odin’s many names is Grimnir, meaning the hooded or masked one. It is clear in the lore that Odin is a shapeshifter, a man of many faces, and I wanted to draw on that for this painting.

But the painting is more than just a faithful interpretation of Grimnir. We all wear masks, and I wanted to explore my own understanding and experiences with curating the face we show others at any given moment as well as the idea that there are some faces we keep hidden deep away. I think this is a concept we all can relate to, and in that way we are all Grimnir, we are all the masked one!


The Masked One

by Sam Flegal

 

We are all the Masked One,

selecting the faces we show to the world,

and which ones we hide.

 

With lock and key,

we are both the answer and the problem.

What is truth?

 

The Masked One knows…

 


 

The original painting was done in oil and measures 24″ x 31″.


 

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Voluspa Printing Process

 

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Check out this amazing video I got from my printer, On The Mark! I’m super excited to see this book finally coming together.

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Voluspa Verse 60-65

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Voluspa Verse 52-59