When creating this painting, Davie tried to rid his mind of conscious decision-making. He abandoned traditional methods of composition and subject matter and strove to paint with complete freedom. This approach was influenced by the artist's interest in Zen Buddhism. The work was painted on two large pieces of board, laid on the floor. Davie had to stand on the board itself to reach the centre of the painting. This is one of his first paintings to incorporate footprints, some of which belong to his young daughter, Jane.