Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Public Display of "Odin - The All Father" By Jonathan Peder Pedersen

Crone's Hollow is currently showing and selling my latest painting "Odin - The All Father" $1,000
Crone's Hollow is the Pagan center for all of northern Utah. It has been showcased several times on the news and is the meeting place the community open forum. It has a wonderful coffee shop in the back and many wonderful products. 

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Monday, December 2, 2013

The All Father

36x48 inches
Oil painting on stretched canvas

© 2013 Jonathan Peder Pedersen,

The artist reserves all rights to this image. This image is never considered public domain. On this website or any other.

This is my painting of Odin the All father.
The chief divinity of the Norse pantheon, the foremost of the Aesir. He is called Alfadir, Allfather, for he is indeed father of the gods. And is known as father of men, and of the world. He is also called the aged Gautr of men. The Gautr is the spiritual leader of the community. In the home the father is the Gautr of the family.

Odin's name means "fury, excitation", besides "mind", or "poetry". He is associated with war, battle, victory, death, but also wisdom, shamanism, magic, shape shifting into animal shapes, poetry, prophecy, trickery, deception, cunning, and the hunt. Shape shifting he taught to his mortal children (the volsungs) by having them adorn the skin of a wolf. Odin hung himself for nine days, pierced by his own spear, on the world tree. Here he learned nine powerful songs, and eighteen runes. Odin can make the dead speak to question the wisest amongst them. His hall in Asgard is Valaskjalf ("shelf of the slain") where his throne Hlidskjalf is located. From this throne he observes all that happens in the nine worlds. The tidings are brought to him by his two raven Huginn and Muninn. He also resides in Valhalla, where the slain warriors are taken. It is said that Valhalla resides in a beautiful valley of green. Where the slain warriors will battle with each other and kill each other all day. But at night are brought back to life and will feast, drink mead, and make merriment.

Odin's attributes are the golden spear Gungnir, which never misses its target and always comes back to odin after he throws it. It is said that when he pulled up the power of the runes the were placed on the tip of his spear. Gungnir has its own special rune which looks like a diamond shape with an x going through it. He has the ring Draupnir, from which every ninth night eight new rings appear. A magic sword of victory. His eight-legged steed Sleipnir. He carries with him the severed head of Mimir, which he brought back to life for counsel. He is accompanied by the wolves Freki and Geri, to whom he gives his food for he himself consumes nothing but mead/wine. Odin has only one eye, which blazes like the sun. His other eye he traded for a drink from Mimir's Well of Wisdom, and gained immense knowledge. He gained knowledge of the past, present, and future. As he drank he saw all of the sorrows and troubles that would fall upon men and the gods, and why they come to being. Odin carries a drinking horn and gives the mead of inspiration to worthy poets and artists. On the day of the final battle (Ragnarok), Odin will ride out wearing a golden "eagled" helmet, and a fair coat of mail. It is said he will be killed by the wolf Fenrir.

The Valknut (three interlocking triangles) is a symbol which is often associated with Odin. It is found on rune stones depicting Odin gathering slain warriors and bringing them to Valhalla. I placed this symbol upon Odins brow on his helmet. Another common symbol found in association with odin is three interlocking horns. This is a symbol of the three vessels that odin drained in order to steal the skald's mead from the dwarves. This symbol I placed on the fog which hold the horn. There is one recorded picture of Odin stealing the mead of inspiration. It was found on a rune stone which is now mostly destroyed by erosion. This depiction of the story is what I used to decorate the mead of inspiration.

When I first started the painting I held an idea that I wanted to depict to the viewer. A almost paradoxical idea in the mind of modern society. The all too human god. The norse gods always seemed to act like and think like any human does. They are not perfect, all powerful, or all knowing. Even Odin had to learn, he had to sacrifice to give up his eye. Odin travels around the world disguised as an old poor wanderer. Seeking and giving aid and wisdom to mankind.

As you can see I wanted to depict a scene where you are a slain warrior who has climbed his way up from the fields of Valhalla and to the top of the mountain where Odin resides. Standing face to face with him, his piercing, blazing, and knowing eye pulls you deep into the painting. His other eye as a true sacrifice looks very painful but is not hidden in shame but shown proudly. In his hand you can see the Golden spear Gungnir and the golden ring. At his hip resides the severed head of Mimir. Just as odin does not regenerate his eye, Mimir does not look alive. It is said Odin placed herbs in his head to stop him from rotting. So the head still looks dead. Odin is draped in wolf skin, a necklace of totems and powerful shamanic magic (Made from a bear's claw, raven talons/feather, wolf jaw and bones on which are blooded with the runes of the first three lines of the SATOR square), a fine coat of mail, and his iconic grey tunic and the tattered blue cloak.

In order to better understand the Odin I found it most helpful to read through his 200+ names. Here are a few which were the most helpful. Alfodr/All Father. Arnhofdi/Eagle Head. Adun/Friend of wealth. Bagi ulfs/ Enemy of the wolf. Bileygr/Flashing eye. Bruni/Brown Bear. Drougadrottinn/Lord of the undead. Ennibrattr/Straight Forehead. Fadr Galdr/Father of Magical Songs. Farmagud/God of Burdens. Fimbultyr/Mighty God. Fjolnir/Wise One, concealer. Foldardrottinn/Lord of the Earth. Forni/Ancient One. Harbardr/Hoary Beard, Grey Beard. Hengikeptr/Hang jaw. Hjaldrgod/God of battle. Hoarr/One Eyed. Hrafnagud/Raven God. Langbardr/Long Beard. Londungr/Shaggy Cloak Wearer. Runatyr/God of runes. Thriggi/Triple. Thudr/Lean, Pale. Yjungr/Stormy.

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Friday, November 8, 2013

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Monday, November 4, 2013

Odin Makeover Update

Finally I have finished painting over the charcoal lines. What you see here is all of the base/under colors that I will build on for the finished work. So now is my favorite part, Detail Painting. 

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Odin Makeover

I haven't worked on my Odin painting in a long time. And as I am now ready to approach it again I come to it with greater understanding and inspiration. I know what I must do and I have just finished sketching out the new design in charcoal. 

Wednesday, October 23, 2013


Now when I say I can do anything, I do mean anything! This is an awesome t-shirt design I was commissioned to do today. 

Friday, October 4, 2013

Tiger Painting SOLD

The "Tiger in Water" oil painting has been sold for $400.
Do not fret however the painting will still be on display at The Coffee Shop for another month (November 9th 2013). Go see it while you still can.


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Thursday, October 3, 2013

The Coffee Shop

For those of you in the Riverton / Herriman area. Check out this amazing coffee shop. Its is called The Coffee Shop, very convenient.

Not only is the coffee some of the best I have ever had, but the art is amazing and I was honored to get a section of their store dedicated to displaying my own work.

Currently the "Tiger in Water" oil painting is there for all to see and some lucky person to purchase. Sell now for a special price of $400.

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

RJ the Horse

18" x 24" Color pencil drawing.
This drawing is a portrait of a specific horse named RJ. He is getting quite along in his years and the client wanted to have a strong drawing of him.
When I met the horse a couple of things really stood out to me. I wanted to be able to capture his soul in his yes, those beautiful glossy eyes. Secondly I loved the unique color and texture his hair created as it flowed along his body. And lastly I wanted to capture all of the energy, power, and motion with the movement of the hair and mane.

I decided to keep the background white for a couple of reasons. Pure white to me seems so powerful and energetic, and allowed me to get strong white reflected light to add more depth to the picture. Secondly because I did not want to capture the day that I met the horse, I wanted to capture the essence of the horse. Not only does the solid white drastically contrast the high texture in the horse, but also you are allowed to remove the horse from the drawing and place him in any one of your fond memories of him. And lastly I decided on a pure white background because eventually the horse will eventually die, and it is like the horse is in a restful peace in horse heaven.

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Day Thirteen

Did not quite get to finish it today.

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Monday, August 12, 2013

Day Eleven on Horse Drawing

Slowly yet surely getting there.

Saturday, August 10, 2013

Day Ten

The mane is finally done.

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Friday, July 26, 2013

Day Seven on "RJ the Horse" Drawing

He is growing more hair every day. You can finally see the grain of the hair texture.

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Monday, July 22, 2013

Day Five - RJ the Horse

The head is finally filled in!

Friday, July 19, 2013

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Sunday, July 14, 2013

RJ the Horse - Day Two

Day Two on the horse drawing.

Saturday, July 13, 2013

RJ the Horse - Day One

This is day one of my newest commission. It is an 18"x24" color pencil drawing of her horse, RJ.

Thursday, July 4, 2013

Banner Idea - Hart's Hearth Clan

This is a banner idea I was commissioned to do for a Asatru/Wiccan clan that I belong too. The finished piece will be 6 feet wide by 5 feet tall. The top four inches will fold over to form a sleeve for a bar to go through. It will be painted in black acrylic paints.

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Pedersen Coat of Arms

I come from a long line of proud Danes and Norwegians. This strong viking heritage let me to create this redesign of our family coat of arms.

Saturday, June 1, 2013

Friday, May 31, 2013

Banner for Hart's Hearth Clan

This is a first sketch idea for the 3'x6' banner for the Hart's Hearth Clan

Thursday, April 25, 2013

A Very Celtic Wedding Invitation

A wedding invitation design I did for Thomas Sorenson and Aubrey Pedersen. The theme is Celtic with white and emerald green.

Monday, April 1, 2013

Kyerian Fire Serpent Comission

This is a commission that was made by :iconode2sokka:
She needed an illustration of one of the major monsters in her novel. It is a great read and I recommend it to everyone.

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Friday, March 15, 2013

Odin Oil Painting Day Eight

Slowly Yet Surely Getting There. 

Friday, March 8, 2013