Florida Scenics Blog- The art of Sharon Osterholt

The Florida State Park Plein Air Painting Tour – Painting each of Florida's State Parks on location

Oh Ozello

One of my favorite places in Florida is the road to Ozello. It’s a long twisty two lane road where the speed limits rarely get up to 30mph. Around each … Continue reading

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Practice Painting

Last weekend I decided to go to a local park and see what wildflowers were blooming in this extra hot summer season. I found quite a few flowers putting on a … Continue reading

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Withlacoochee Wortharevisit!

Just in case you didn’t get the title – Withlacoochee is definitely Worth a Re-visit! We spent a day this past holiday weekend out exploring some more of the Withlacoochee … Continue reading

July 5, 2016 · 2 Comments

Discovering the Forgotten Coast

Last weekend a friend and I went up to Apalachicola. We were there in the middle of two great events and we were lucky enough to see a little bit of … Continue reading

May 28, 2016 · 2 Comments

Way down yonder on the Withlacoochee

Well, that’s not exactly how the song goes, but it does have a good ring to it! This past weekend I discovered a new park near Dade City on the … Continue reading

May 24, 2016 · 1 Comment

Detour to see the show…

Instead of taking the interstate this weekend, take a little detour down some country roads and enjoy beautiful Florida wildflowers this weekend! I took these photographs around the Gainesville area last … Continue reading

April 22, 2016 · Leave a comment

Wind in my Sails

This weekend I decided to paint the view of Lake Eustis from the city boat ramp. I wanted to paint this view before, but the wind was blowing across the … Continue reading

April 18, 2016 · 2 Comments

You’re invited!

There is still time to visit  Mt. Dora and see all the paintings from my Florida State Park Plein Air Tour… After 14 months of painting the Florida State Parks, all … Continue reading

April 5, 2016 · 2 Comments

The Eustis Train Depot

A couple of weeks ago I was driving down a road in Eustis taking a short cut from the Lakeside drive to Bay St.  I’ve never taken this shortcut before, so seeing … Continue reading

April 4, 2016 · Leave a comment

Fisheating Creek

This past weekend Rick and I ventured down to south central Florida for a couple of days. Rick fished with a few buddies in Lake Istokpoga and I hung out with his … Continue reading

March 29, 2016 · 2 Comments

Like riding a bike!

I’ve been so busy these past two months preparing for the Florida State Park Plein Air Tour. Framing and readying a display for 140 paintings took some work! Now that … Continue reading

March 14, 2016 · Leave a comment

Trying something different – Portraits!

The Florida State Park Plein Air Tour opening show is coming up quickly! The show opening at the Mt. Dora Center for the Arts is on March 11th, so I … Continue reading

February 14, 2016 · 2 Comments

Plein Air Magazine – Outdoor Painter

I am excited to share an article in Plein Air Magazines online version OutdoorPainter.com about my Florida State Park Plein Air Tour! Click the link to see the whole story: link

January 21, 2016 · 2 Comments

Playing Tourist in Key West!

While in the keys for the Florida State Park Plein Air Tour, we couldn’t help ourselves from staying an extra day and touring Key West. We did all the touristy … Continue reading

January 5, 2016 · Leave a comment

Park #140 – Fort Zachary Taylor Historic State Park

Florida’s most southerly State Park is the 140th and last painting of my Florida State Park Plein Air Painting Tour. Fort Zachary Taylor Historic State Park is located on the western side … Continue reading

December 31, 2015 · 2 Comments

Park #139 – Bahia Honda State Park

We left our cottage in Islamorada early, so when we pulled into Bahia Honda State Park the morning light was just perfect! It was a beautiful clear sunny day, but … Continue reading

December 30, 2015 · Leave a comment

Park #138 – Tomoka State Park

It was a perfect morning to visit Tomoka State Park (near Ormond Beach), clear, cool and sunny! Rick and I explored the park before I set off to paint. First we … Continue reading

December 28, 2015 · 2 Comments

Park #137 – Blue Springs State Park

I visited Blue Springs State Park in Orange City on Christmas Eve day. When I arrived early in the morning, there weren’t many people there at all and I had … Continue reading

December 26, 2015 · 2 Comments

Park #136 – Bulow Creek State Park

Bulow Creek State Park is located in a particularly scenic section of Florida just north of Ormond Beach. Just off the famous “Ormond Loop” scenic drive this park is worth … Continue reading

December 24, 2015 · 2 Comments

Park #135 – Long Key State Park

After visiting Curry Hammock State Park, we drove a little north toward Islamorada and visited Long Key State Park. We arrived right at low tide and the grass flats were … Continue reading

December 22, 2015 · 2 Comments

Park #134 – Curry Hammock State Park

On our second day in the keys we traveled from Islamorada south to Curry Hammock State Park. The wind was howling and gusting to 30mph from a “cold” front that … Continue reading

December 20, 2015 · 2 Comments

Side Trip – Indian Key and Lignumvitae Key State Parks

As part of my Florida State Park Plein Air Tour I am visiting and painting at all of Florida’s state parks that are accessible by car. Indian Key Historic State … Continue reading

December 18, 2015 · 2 Comments

Park #133 -Windley Key Fossil Reef Geological State Park

This interesting park is just north of Islamorada in the middle keys. It preserves the old limestone fossil quarry that was used to build Flagler’s Overseas Railroad. Once the railroad … Continue reading

December 17, 2015 · 2 Comments

Park #132 -Dagny Johnson Key Largo Hammock Botanical State Park

  Just north of John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park is Dagny Johnson Key Largo Botanical State Park. It seems to be a popular park and we saw a lot of people … Continue reading

December 16, 2015 · Leave a comment

Park #131 – John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park

We decided to take a week during Thanksgiving to visit the State Parks in the Florida Keys and finish out my Florida State Park Plein Air Tour. Just 10 more paintings to … Continue reading

December 14, 2015 · 2 Comments

Park #130 – George Crady Bridge Fishing Pier State Park

George Crady Bridge Fishing Pier State Park is the original bridge crossing Nassau Sound build in 1948. When the new bridge was opened in 1999, the old bridge was saved … Continue reading

December 12, 2015 · Leave a comment

Park #129 – Fort George Island Cultural State Park

  As you drive just outside of Jacksonville, this park is one of the first in a string of scenic State Parks. The quiet road through the park has some great … Continue reading

December 10, 2015 · 2 Comments

Park #128 – Hillsborough River State Park

Want to see some river rapids in Florida? A good place to see a wild river is at Hillsborough River State Park between Zepherhills and Tampa. The river is known … Continue reading

December 8, 2015 · Leave a comment

Park #127 – Fernandina Plaza Historic State Park

Fernandina Plaza Historic State Park just north of Jacksonville is just a small little square of land on a hill overlooking the Amelia River. There isn’t much here now, but … Continue reading

December 5, 2015 · Leave a comment

Park #126 – Lake Louisa State Park

I just posted park #126 to my blog! Click here to see more…
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December 3, 2015 · 2 Comments

Park #125 – Faver-Dykes State Park

The entrance road to Faver-Dykes State Park near St. Augustine is easy to find if you know to exit off I-95 and  look behind the bright orange signs of the pecan … Continue reading

December 1, 2015 · Leave a comment

Park #124 – Stump Pass State Park

When we got to Stump Pass State Park it was still a bit dark and overcast, but that changed quickly! The parking area is pretty small, but we were there … Continue reading

November 19, 2015 · 1 Comment

Park #123 -Don Pedro Island State Park

  Since Don Pedro Island State Park is mostly an island off shore and only accessible by private  boat, it wasn’t on my original list of parks to visit. My tour … Continue reading

November 17, 2015 · 2 Comments

Side Trip – Boca Grande

If you are traveling to Gasparilla Island State Park, you have no choice but to drive through downtown Boca Grande. Usually we avoid traveling through towns. Who needs to deal … Continue reading

November 13, 2015 · 2 Comments

Park #122 – Gasparilla Island State park

Gasparilla Island State Park is located on the island of Boca Grande. We’ve always heard of the Boca Grande Lighthouse – but the park actually features two lighthouses! As you … Continue reading

November 11, 2015 · 2 Comments

Park #121 – Charlotte Harbor Preserve State Park

Charlotte Harbor Preserve State Park covers many acres and has several entrance points. We chose to visit this park at the Charlotte Harbor Environmental Center. For some reason it was … Continue reading

November 9, 2015 · 2 Comments

Park #120 – Wekiwa Springs State Park

Wekiwa Springs State Park is fairly close to home and I know that to get inside the park on a hot steamy Saturday, it is best to arrive early! Even … Continue reading

November 7, 2015 · Leave a comment

Park #119 – Werner Boyce Salt Springs State Park

Just off the busy 6 lane Highway 19 near New Port Richey is a wonderful natural park. Once you pull off the highway you immediately leave behind the shopping mall … Continue reading

November 5, 2015 · Leave a comment

Park #118 – Weeki Wachee Springs State Park

Weeki Wachee Springs has been a tourist attraction since 1947 when Newton Perry bought the land around the spring and transformed beautiful young ladies into mystical mermaids of the springs. … Continue reading

November 2, 2015 · Leave a comment

Park #117 – Madira Bickel Mound State Archaeological Site

The road leading to Madira Bickel Mound is what makes this park memorable. I’ve driven by this area off of I-275 just south of the Skyway Bridge many times, but … Continue reading

October 29, 2015 · Leave a comment

Park #116 – Lovers Key State Park

It was a typical hot sunny summer day while we were at Lovers Key State Park near Fort Myers. First we explored the bay area where they rent kayaks and … Continue reading

October 28, 2015 · Leave a comment

Park #115 – San Marcos de Apalache Historic State Park

My first trip to San Marcos de Apalache was right at 5 in the afternoon. It was a  glorious clear sunny evening and I was hoping to paint the golden … Continue reading

October 27, 2015 · Leave a comment

Park #114 – Econfina River State Park

When we woke up the morning of our visit to Econfina River State Park (northwest of Perry, FL), we knew we were in for an all day rain soaker. There was … Continue reading

October 23, 2015 · 2 Comments

Park #113 – Ochlockonee River State Park

After spending the morning painting to beat the rain at Bald Point State Park, we traveled to nearby Ochlockonee River State Park where the rain was happy to meet us! … Continue reading

October 19, 2015 · Leave a comment

Park #112 – Bald Point State Park

Bald Point State Park is located on the Forgotten Coast of Florida near Panacea. Out here you get a feel for what old Florida was like before all the beaches … Continue reading

October 16, 2015 · Leave a comment

Park #111 – Orman House Historic State Park

We arrived at the Orman House Historic State Park late and it was closed. The afternoon light was still great and perfect for painting so I walked on the sidewalk … Continue reading

October 16, 2015 · 2 Comments

Park #110 – Edward Ball Wakulla Springs State Park

We arrived at Wakulla Springs mid-day on a Saturday afternoon. The spring area was packed with teenagers swimming and diving off the platform. There was another viewing platform near the boat … Continue reading

October 12, 2015 · Leave a comment

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