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 #32 – Lake Griffin State Park

Lake Griffin State Park seems to be one of the smaller parks because most of the land is too swampy to hike. We pulled in on a sunny cool morning and checked out the boat basin area. The lake can’t be seen from the park, but there is a tour boat which will take visitors out onto Lake Griffin. There are also a canoe and kayak rentals available for visitors to check out the lake on their own. I decided to take the trail and see the one of the largest live oak trees in Florida. I think this tree is the largest I have seen! It has multiple trunks that grow from one large base. I decided to paint the tree – but there was no way to fit this tree on my tiny 8×10 panel! I focused on the trunk and the shadow and sunlight patterns. I may have gotten carried away with the colors – standing there I could see many shades of green, blue, pink and purple in what most people would say was a brown trunk. It was fun to be a little more abstract.

Big Tree at Lake Griffin 8x10" oil on linen panel

Big Tree at Lake Griffin 8×10″ oil on linen panel

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