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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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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Vidar, God of Vengeance

My new painting “Vidar, God of Vengeance” was a complicated painting to finish. As you can see from the initial drawing to the final painting I made a lot of changes. I’m very happy with the results, but this painting reminded me of the importance of getting things right on the front end. Making massive changes in oil paint, is not the easy way to go!

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

Only 30 Limited Edition Prints will be made for “The King’s New Crown.”

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The King’s New Crown

My latest painting “The King’s New Crown” took a lot of twists and turns. It started as one thing and became something else as I worked on it. It’s usually best to follow the trail inspiration leads you down, but it can be a windy path. I’m pleased with how “The King’s New Crown” turned out.

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

Only 30 Limited Edition Prints will be made for “The King’s New Crown.”

 

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The Hávamál Project – Day 40, verse 109-110

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Today’s verse bring us to the end of the tale of “Odin and the Mead of Poetry.” I think it’s important to note that in order to win the mead, Odin swore an oath on his oath ring, and then broke his word. An unforgivable act by cultural standards. I love it when myth leaves us questioning. I have my own thoughts on this story and Odin’s “dastardly deeds,” but I’ll leave you to yours.

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The Hávamál Project – Day 39, verse 106

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Today’s verse bring us to part 2 in the tale of “Odin and the Mead of Poetry.” And as you can see by the image things take a bit of a sexy turn. In case you missed part 1: http://www.fatefulsigns.com/havamal/#/verse-104/

After borrowing through the mountain in to the giant Suttung’s hall, Odin sneaks into the giant’s daughter’s room and woos her. After that he gets the daughter, Gunnloth, to give him all the magic mead. Then Odin tunes into an eagle and flies away!

Stay tuned for part 3 tomorrow…

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