acrylic on hardboard

“I watched myself slowly forming out of water in front of a waterfall. Within the cascade I could see my reflection, but it wasn’t strictly me looking back. I (it?) looked perfect, of almost of an unearthly quality. Curiously I raised my hand towards the reflection within the falling water and as both hands touched I immediately lost my physical form, turning to water, falling, splashing, absorbed by the stream. Meanwhile my reflection travelled down the waterfall and replaced me exactly where I once stood. I wondered at my new reflection through the eyes of my first mirrored likeness. It was not as perfect, it seemed somehow flawed and no matter how hard I tried, I could not stop from raising my hand to touch the waterfall again. This same process happened over and over again, each time my reflection lost something intangible, until I looked upon a very faint image of myself that could barely hold its countenance, a twisted ribbon of water and liquid flesh. I lifted my hand fluctuating between body and fluid and once again was absorbed by the stream. I was not replaced. This final reflection could not keep its form as it hit the basin of the waterfall and like all the previous versions of me it was absorbed into the stream. " JR Scotland


  • Matthew Scotland
    Matthew Scotlandover 3 years ago


  • Redviolin
    Redviolinover 3 years ago

    WOW !!!!! This is amazing …

  • thankyou kindly

    – Matthew Scotland

  • Tahnja
    Tahnjaover 3 years ago

    well hello dear old friend! You’re using wonderful colours here that are really stunning. A very special painting, reaching out and reaching in at the same time….spiritual, fluid, calming….beautiful work as always

  • hiya tahnja, long time no see, “reaching out and reaching in” i’m loving that, thankyou

    – Matthew Scotland

  • Jeff Schauss
    Jeff Schaussover 3 years ago

    Welcome back Matt, It’s good to see your work again jeff

  • thanks jeff, its good to be back

    – Matthew Scotland

  • rightasrain
    rightasrainover 3 years ago

    wow, pretty amazing stuff!!

  • thanks hillie

    – Matthew Scotland

  • Amanda Gazidis
    Amanda Gazidisover 3 years ago

    I love the figure reaching into the waterfall and their self-reflection…Very poignant and mysterious work…Your work has a unique quality…Good to see you back!!

  • Amanda Gazidis
    Amanda Gazidisover 3 years ago

    I have to say The Stone Roses are one of my favourite bands…So this was your inspiration….Mmmm…very underrated they are too!!I grew up in Mad-chester!!!!

  • hey amanda, too right its the coolest soundwaves for the paintbrush to sail on

    – Matthew Scotland

  • James Gibbs
    James Gibbsover 3 years ago

    Gorgeous! Just beautiful!

  • thanks james

    – Matthew Scotland

  • Tahnja
    Tahnjaover 3 years ago

    have missed you very much dearest friend….hope you’ve been well…hugs

  • me too, im good, hope you are too : )

    – Matthew Scotland

  • Mary Sedici
    Mary Sediciabout 3 years ago

    JULY, 23rd 2011

    Your participation with works/votes it is greatly appreciated

  • thankyou

    – Matthew Scotland

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