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