The Florida State Park Plein Air Painting Tour – Painting each of Florida's State Parks on location
After months of planning, the first day of the tour finally began on Saturday. And boy did Mother Nature make it a memorable one! The month of October was very warm with highs in the upper 80’s to 90’s, but this first day of November started out a chilly 47°. Not only was it cold, but it was windy too with gusts over 30 mph!
As you drive in to the park, you can see the old stonework and log cabin from the park’s early days, then you take a winding one way drive around the ravine. Along the way you can stop and walk the suspension bridge or take the Azalea lined trails down the ravine. At the bottom of the ravine is an old mill pond, which is where I set up to paint. I didn’t select my spot so much for the view, but to get out of the wind!
As I painted, the wind was wild. I heard loud cracking above my head and did a quick “duck & run”. A palm frond landed right where I had been standing, just missing my easel. Those palm fronds are dangerous flying missiles in a strong wind!
It was an adventure painting here, but the nerves of the first painting and battling the cold and wind took it’s toll on the painting. Not my best, but there are 145 more paintings to do better! Maybe I’ll make it back to the park in the spring to paint the Azaleas in full bloom.
For more info about Ravine Gardens State Park, visit their website here.