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24" x 30"
Acrylic on Gallery Canvas
Private collection

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This painting was exhibited at:

1. Federation of Canadian Artists Juried Exhibition Landscapes: Federation of Canadian Artists Gallery, 1241 Cartwright Street, Vancouver, BC Canada. February 22 - March 6, 2011

2. Federation of Canadian Artists, Calgary Branch Exhibition, May, 2011 at the Community Association, Calgary.

3. Federation of Canadian Artists, Calgary Branch Exhibition, March 10, 2012 at the Edgemont Community Association, Calgary.

"This spot on the Bow River is familiar to Parkdale residents and to those who regularly bike, jog or walk the Bow River pathway. The CP train runs along the edge of the escarpment where the two bare poplar trees stand. This painting was technically challenging. I wanted to capture the intensity of sunlight through autumn clouds and reflected in the water. I wanted the Escherian Three Worlds effect in the pebbles and rocks seen on the dry shore, in shallow water, underwater and interrupting light reflections on the surface of the water. The red branches of the Arctic dwarf willow were important to me not just aesthetically but also for their essential ecological role in the protection of the shoreline. Poplar and aspen trees are ubiquitous in the Calgary landscape. Yellow poplar leaves lie on the shore. Douglas fir are prominent in Edworthy Park along the escarpment.

The title Blue Gold was inspired by Calgary's autumn shades of blues and golds but it is also a reference to Blue Gold: The Fight to Stop the Corporate Theft of the World's Water (2003) by Maude Barlow and Tony Clarke, a call to protect the universal right to water.

Living beside the Bow River I am aware of its watershed, its source in the Bow glacier and the need for vigilance.

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