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 #35 – Alafia River State Park

The weather man on TV said this day would be a partly sunny day – but they were just totally wrong! As we were driving to the park it was drizzling rain, yet the radio weather still was saying partly sunny. We both yelled at the radio – look out the window! We explored the park hoping for the skies to clear. There are three entrances for this park. The first one we entered had the campground and an area for off-road bicycling. There was a biking event going on, and that parking area was super crowded. As we drove around to the campground area, I saw several shrubs with tiny yellow balls all over them. I just had to stop to see what the balls were! They were beautiful blossoms of the Sweet Acacia shrub. It was raining, but I still got out to take some photos.

It became evident the clouds were solidly in place, so I found a pretty spot to paint along the waters edge, while Rick fished in the old reclaimed phosphate mine lakes. A light drizzle didn’t affect my paint, and Rick managed to catch a few bass too. After painting we drove over to the another entrance and saw the actual Alafia River. This was a beautiful section of river with slow moving dark water with palm trees and wild oranges along the banks. If you come to this park, be sure to bring a fishing pole and a camera, and your bike too!

To learn more about this park, visit their website

Rainy Day at Alafia River State Park  8x10" oil on linen panel en plein air

Rainy Day at Alafia River State Park
8×10″ oil on linen panel en plein air

2 comments on “Park #35 – Alafia River State Park

  1. marge drew
    February 9, 2015

    That is an absolutely gorgeous painting!!! I love it!! Sharon it is fantastic!  Margé

    • FlaScenics
      February 9, 2015

      Thank You Margie!!! It is my favorite painting so far. I was channeling Monet and asking myself how would he do the floating water lettuce.

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