Change is Scary

Caterpillar Faces Metamorphosis
Caterpillar Faces Metamorphosis

We have entered a brand new year and many of us will have resolved to improve ourselves and our world.

Changes, even small changes, are difficult because the outcome is never guaranteed and our rationalizations will be working overtime to thwart our efforts. After all, we’ve made it this far being just as we are now, haven’t we?

As encouragement for change, I like to think about the metamorphosis caterpillars undergo when becoming butterflies or moths. Nothing could be more drastic than completely changing form from a crawling, ground dwelling creature into flying adulthood. That would be frightening! I doubt many of us are planning anything quite so dramatic.

Here are some suggestions that I have found helpful when deciding on how to improve my daily existence:

  • Appreciate what you have in your life on a daily basis.
  • Express more vulnerability.
  • Feel more comfortable in your skin.
  • Reconnect with people in your life.
  • Switch up your day-to-day grind.
  • Learn something new.
  • Eliminate non-essentials.

I begin listing on eBay today after taking a few weeks off. After numerous experiments, I have made some improvements to my varnishing process and in how I share information about my artwork. And though I am thoroughly hooked on painting miniature ACEOs, I have also committed myself to experimenting with other formats this year.

Here’s to a productive, healthy, and happy 2018 for us all!

About the featured image:

Caterpillar Faces Metamorphosis (Change is Scary)

Miniature acrylic painting in aceo format (2.5×3.5 inches).

Gloss varnish, shipped in protective, translucent sleeve.

Acid-free, archival canvas paper.

See the listing at

I feature a new painting (sometimes two) daily at

What are people saying? See all my purchaser’s feedback here.

ACEO artworks are the size of a standard playing card. Here is an example in real life.

aceo art by Cindy Monro


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