acrylic on canvas

a common sight of the child leaping into the footprints of the parent, gleefuly following wherever they lead, the scene cries out morality tale. What is the building on the hill? it could be the home, or a library,a community hall, a pub, a church, an art group, a drug den….. wherever the big feet go, the little feet follow.

spiritually the vision is heaven or hell in a christmas card. all of us are children, all of us followers of a paternal something or someone, its just a question of who is your father, and where is your home.


  • Catherine  Howell
    Catherine Howellover 4 years ago

    profound words, Matthew, and beautiful work:)

  • thankyou so much Catherine, glad you appreciate this

    – Matthew Scotland

  • Tahnja
    Tahnjaover 4 years ago

    wow….how brilliant and your explanation truly spot on….

  • yhankye dear tahnja : )

    – Matthew Scotland

  • Jeff Schauss
    Jeff Schaussover 4 years ago
    Profound Matt.
  • cheers mate

    – Matthew Scotland

  • Patricia Howitt
    Patricia Howittover 4 years ago

    Matt, I really think the equivocal quality makes this very powerful. The child is having a fun time in the patch of light in the foreground – but what’s in the shadows? The dark figure of the man and the gloom surrounding the buildings strike a chill allright. Much food for thought …

  • most excellent, i never thought of the light and dark symbology, thankyou

    – Matthew Scotland

  • sharpie
    sharpieover 4 years ago

    Love your concept, great painting too!

  • cheers sharpie for that

    – Matthew Scotland

  • trisha22
    trisha22over 4 years ago


  • yeeha, thats fantastic, just where it belongs, He’s the one that left the footprints, thanks very much

    – Matthew Scotland

  • Patricia Howitt
    Patricia Howittover 4 years ago

    Congrats on your feature Matt !! Way to go …

  • thanks patricia

    – Matthew Scotland

  • catherine walker
    catherine walkerover 4 years ago

    Gorgeous and congratulations!

  • EllEssDee
    EllEssDeeover 4 years ago

    Great picture and great words.I’ve been blessed to be able to get out of one set of footprints and I’m learning to follow a better set.Lee.

  • that is a blessed thing, my joy for you on the new birth, thats an insightful image too of leaving one set of prints for another, i may digest that thought and see if something turns up, i find your comments uplifting, thanks

    – Matthew Scotland

  • madvlad
    madvladover 4 years ago

    light hearted and you- too- lovelee kind art

  • cheers mate, it was a nice homely image to recieve and paint

    – Matthew Scotland

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