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 #38 – Paynes Creek Historic State Park

Paynes Creek Historic State Park is a nice place to explore and spend a day. Paynes Creek flows into the Peace River here, and there is a suspension bridge over Paynes Creek to a historical area of the old Fort Chokonikla.

I was brave and decided to wade across Paynes Creek to paint a view of an old oak draping over the clear, but dark stained water. The water looked to be only ankle deep, but turned out to be over my knees! Luckily, it was a nice sand bottom and the flow was calm. The river’s unique color was hard to capture with paint- it was clear, yet dark and brown. As we were packing to go, the ranger came by and told us about another spot on the river. She let us follow her to a spot across to the other side of the park. It was a very deep hole, but then there were rapids too! Such a unique spot for Florida. Rick & I waded into the water and fished. With the rapids flowing, it felt almost like being in the mountains.

For more information on this park, visit their website

Paynes Creek en plein air 8x10" oil on linen panel

Paynes Creek en plein air
8×10″ oil on linen panel

2 comments on “Park #38 – Paynes Creek Historic State Park

  1. marge drew
    February 23, 2015

    Beautiful painting..brave lady to wade  into water in February.. brr love Margé

  2. FlaScenics
    February 23, 2015

    Thanks Marge, it was a warm day and the water wasn’t bad at all. I was more afraid of falling in with all my gear!

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