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 #34 – Myakka River State Park

Myakka River State Park is one of Florida’s most popular parks, and for good reason. This park is one of the largest and oldest state parks. Located just east of Sarasota, the park can be crowded, especially on weekends. We arrived early on a Saturday morning and the parking area was filling up fast with bird watchers and photographers with super big lenses! I settled on a place to paint on the northern end of the park near the “bird walk”. The view was great!
After a morning of painting we drove over to the picnic area for lunch. Myakka River State Park has a cafe and nice gift shop overlooking the boat basin. From here you can get a birds eye view of the birds and alligators. Did I mention alligators? There are some biggies here!  Across from the gift shop is another small shop for canoe and kayak rentals, and tickets for airboat tours.
After lunch we explored the park and saw many birds, a few deer and too many alligators to count!

If you go in the summer, be sure to look up in the trees for the wild orchids growing in the old oaks.

For more information on this park, visit their website

Myakka Palms in the Winter  8x10" oil on linen panel en plein air

Myakka Palms in the Winter
8×10″ oil on linen panel en plein air

2 comments on “Park #34 – Myakka River State Park

  1. marge drew
    February 5, 2015

    Lovely painting!  Beautiful photos and equally beautiful park.. Thanks for sharing!! Looks like a beautiful place to be painting! love Margé

    • FlaScenics
      February 5, 2015

      Thanks so much Margé!
      It is definitely one of Florida’s must see parks! Lots of scenes to paint there, I just wish it was closer.

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