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Beloved Land + Upcoming Show

On June 3rd of this year I will be presenting a body of work at the Lyndon House Arts Center in Athens GA that is the culmination of a year and a half of work and experience; and will feature 100 original works of art.  The show, titled "Beloved Land" is an exploration into the land between the forks of the Oconee River and the beings that are fed by its rich waters.   The all-day opening event will feature a family nature drawing workshop, a lecture by local Creek/Muscogee historian Steven Scurry, an artist lecture, a gallery tour, and an opening reception with refreshments in the evening.  There also will be a limited edition screen print with 100% of the proceeds going to the Lyndon House.  Along with this 30% of the proceeds from sales of original works will go to the Lyndon House as well.  The show will run through 22nd of July.

I am very happy with the work that has been created so far; I am deep in the process of creating assemblages from the 100 drawings and carvings I created for this show.  The pieces (as you can see below) involve a wide variety of media and techniques, and every element has a story.  It's been a wonderful exploration so far, and I can't wait to finish up the works.  The pieces pictured below are in various states of progress.  

I hope you can make it to the opening, this truly is the culmination of over a decade of practice as a professional image-maker.  May we all honor the Sacred places where we Reside.  I give thanks to the Ancestors of this land for all the guidance they have given me in these Creations.

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Birdsong Mural

I am happy to announce the completion of my mural titled "Birdsong" in conjunction with Athfest EducatesLyndon House, and Philanthropy Fashion in Athens GA.  I was assisted throughout the duration of this project by 4 incredible High School assistants, Jeremy Kiran Fernandes, Sam Watson, Kalib Hubbard, and Mara Bastow.  Here are some images of the creation, installation, and final product.

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Seeker Print

I recently completed a very special Woodcut in collaboration with Double Dutch Press in Athens Ga as part of their [Blank].  This edition of 50 prints was pulled by the ladies at Double Dutch print, on Stonehenge Cotton Rag Paper with a deckled edge on 3 sides.  I carved the block, embossed, and gold/copper leafed each print myself.  I also created unique adornments around the numbering, title, signature, and border around each and every print.  Every one is one of a kind and very special.  You can find them <HERE>

Here are some photos of the process in creating and printing this image::

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The Hawk gave up its song
for its purposeful descent.
You could have both,
and yet you wallow amongst
possession and all these things. 
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Athens, Georgia is my home - it is where my heart resides. Its roots extend deep enough to meet the Ancestors of this land; the Creek (or Muscogee) Indians are some of these Ancestors. They, like me, planted their hearts here, and it is from these seeds that my work inevitably grows. They called this land, between the forks of the Oconee Rivers, Ikunu- tchaka, the Beloved Land. It was more than a special place to them, it was Sacred, and they gave their lives to protect it and the creatures that reside upon it. Because this land is my "Beloved Land" as well, I am dedicating the next year to working directly from its inspiration. Beginning in October 2016 I will embark on the "Beloved Land Series."


This work, as with all my art, will consist of a variety of mediums and techniques, anchored upon a particular devotion. Each month I will be producing 10 primary images; initially executed as drawings, they will reference denizens of the local landscape, plants, animals, insects, and ecosystems, both native and introduced. These will be things I see, hear, smell and feel with my body, mind, and spirit. I will not use a computer for reference during this time; instead I will focus on what I see, assisted by what I can find in books in my collection and at the libraries found on the Beloved Land.

From these 10 primary images, I will, each month, produce original works, tattoos, screenprints, photographs, and poems inspired by the Land. This will be a wide and expansive body of work, built upon the very prolific manner I have worked in for over 10 years as a professional artist, but novel in its focus on one subject over the period of a year. I use locally sourced materials whenever possible, and finish most of my works with walnut ink I make by hand from walnuts I find in the woods behind my home. This body of work represents a very natural and organic course of my life and work. It feels very much like a tributary that has reached a major confluence.

David Hale September 2015

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I am a Bramble

I am a Bramble


One day they will bulldoze all the woods I grew up in,
A creek, a cricket, a salamander, a frog, all placed under the steel hammer of a race that none of us are winning.
That water does not run any longer, a detention pond, holding all the tainted memories of a place of a young boys dreams.
Dirt and brambles held such stories, red clay is the color of my blood.
I hang my head and cry at the loss of these, I tell you no one is winning.

Oh but I hold onto a seed,
I know what those waters said to me,
and all the blood that fell from the wounds of those brambles
feeds a depth that no bulldozer can reach.

Love is my Creek, and I pass that on to my Son from me.  
Put a sign on all the land, sell what has always been free
You can take all this shit, pile it up for all to see
Bigger houses, faster cars, shiny things
mean nothing compared to what that Creek meant to me.  

Oh, why can't you see.  I cry out my eyes, I sit down on my knees, my heart pours out and I just want you to see, what it means to me.

Step away from these screens and take some time to see what I mean.

David Hale
Oaks and Pines

I fell down, sometimes I don't want to get back up again
It can be so calm down there, but there is always something pulling me back up here.

Oaks and Pines, they make it look so easy, it's a matter of time.
My journey seems so arduous when I only see it as mine.
It's a matter of time.

Oh but then I feel the Divine, hands on my shoulders, tears on the ground and sometimes I don't want to get back up again.

Bury me in the soil, make me Oaks and Pines, some part of me has die, it's a matter of time.
You think you have let go, and the Love comes to pull at what you hold in your hands.  All this Flesh and Blood, Emotions and Thoughts, take it from me Love.

My body will become cold and my flesh will fall off the bones, then the Warmth will come, it's a matter of time.
Break me wide open scatter the seeds of Oaks and Pines.

I will hold up the stars and they will pull me in.  Stand so tall and then I will fall.  I will then grow back again.  I am Oak I am Pine, it's a matter of time

David Hale