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

Park #19 – Wes Skiles Peacock Springs State Park

We entered Wes Skiles Peacock Springs on a sunny warm afternoon. The first stop was at the picnic tables at “Orange Grove Springs” for a quick lunch. A few of the sweet gum trees still had some bright red fall leaves. From the picnic area we saw a sign that just said “orange grove”. We weren’t sure what it was, so we took a short walk and discovered this beautiful spring with steep limestone walls. It was a beautiful spot. We saw some bubbles and up popped a couple of divers! They had entered at another spring, and came up here. The maze of underground tunnels in our aquifer boggles the mind!

Back in the car, we drove down a one lane dirt road to the main Peacock Springs area. This spring was a popular one with divers! Too cold out to swim, it was just us and a handful of divers at the park. The spring water run flows through a cypress slough out to the Suwannee River some distance away. These grand old cypress trees were a sight to see.

Rick fished along the slough, and I went back to the main spring. A big rock slab, slipping towards the water and couple of shrubs with some yellow fall leaves caught my eye. Being a Florida girl, I don’t have much experience painting rocks! It was a fun challenge to paint the different rock surfaces, from the silvery cracked slab, the rounded moss covered boulders, and the underwater rocks too!

To find out more about this park, visit their website

"Sliding Rock" 8x10" oil on linen panel at Wes Skiles Peacock Springs State Park

“Sliding Rock” 8×10″ oil on linen panel at Wes Skiles Peacock Springs State Park

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