met·a·mor·pho·sis (medəˈmôrfəsəs)
The process of transformation from an immature form to an adult form in two or more distinct stages. 

A change of the form or nature of a thing or person into a completely different one, by natural or supernatural means.

How many different personas have you been during your lifetime?  How many roles have you had? How many phases have you passed through?  I’ve been a daughter, a student, a secretary, a friend, a technical computer consultant, a wife, a mother, a yoga instructor, a student again, an artist, a jeweler, a pet owner, and probably more.

With each phase, I’ve grown, changed, and probably regressed at times. What was important at one point in my life, isn’t as important now.  Sometimes those changes were voluntary.  Sometimes the changes were situational.  And, sometimes the changes were involuntary and I went kicking and screaming. I know I’m entering a new phase now that my children are no longer children and soon will be leaving the nest.

When I started painting “Metamorphosis” this summer (July-ish), I felt I was ready to undertake my personal goal of branching into surrealistic and abstract art.  It took 7 months to complete this painting because it morphed into so many different things along the way.  None of the steps felt right until now.  I think that is such a beautiful metaphor for how change really happens.  It typically doesn’t happen overnight and we only see that a change has occurred when we look back in time.

Just like in life, I had an idea of what I wanted this painting to look like.  However, my initial vision wasn’t working.  Doesn’t that sometimes happen in life? You start out down one path and you end up in a completely different place. And, like in life, there are signposts along the way giving directions or guidance if you’re willing to look and listen.

This piece is so full of symbolism for that very reason.  Of course, the face represents the human.  The circle around her eye represents seeing clearly or more deeply.  The lines near her left ear represent inspiration or divination. The wings on her shoulders remind her that she can fly whenever she wants.  The feathers in her torso are reminders to take things lightly.  The raven, well, the raven, what can I say. It’s just full of wisdom and messages.  In the lower right hand corner of the piece is a dreamcatcher.  Finally, the tree growing along her right side is a reminder of growth – a reminder that we keep growing and changing continually whether we want to or not.

As you look back through your life, what have you been? What are you now? What do you want to become? How have you morphed?  I’d love to hear your stories in the comments below.

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