This is my fond farewell to the Creative Group at Bedlam Farm, as the time has come for me to move in a new direction with my creative life. I very much appreciate the wonderful people who make up the CGBF- people who have become a special family to me- and I will continue to be grateful for the friendships I have made, for the incredible kindness that was shown to my mother, “Heavy D”, in the last two years of her life, and for the unfailing encouragement and inspiration I have received from the group. Priceless gifts, all.
Life is change and change is life, and I have witnessed a great deal of change on the group. Much of it enabled the group to grow and improve. However, somewhere along the line, things changed for me; where once I felt artistic freedom and the all-important safety that is so necessary to nurture the tender creative spark, I find that now that feeling has greatly diminished. As a teacher of thirty years, truly safe and supportive learning environments are sacred to me. Healthy learning and growth aren’t possible where the expressions of encouragement and/or input and criticism are too tightly controlled or mandated. I wish only the best for this talented group that holds so much potential and that has put so much beauty out into the world.
I have decided to focus my efforts on my blog, my Facebook author’s page, and some other outlets, and I hope that some of my friends who have been kind enough to read my blog will look for my work there. I will continue to read and support the great blogs, photography, and other art of my friends, and will do my best to put beauty and light out into the world with my own words and photos. As I begin this new chapter, I can’t help but think of one of my idols, Carol Burnett, who always ended her show by singing:
I’m so glad we had this time together, just to have a laugh or sing a song. Seems we just get started and before you know it, comes the time we have to say so long.
….a sentiment that I love. I have been in the Bedlam Farm groups from the very beginning, and am grateful for the years that I have been a member, giving my heart and soul to the mission of this group, doing my best to learn, grow, and encourage others. Now it is time for me to be true to myself and work in an environment that I know is best for me artistically. Thank you all for the wonderful memories, and for all the good things that are to come. You will always have a huge fan in me.