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 #43 – Oscar Scherer State Park

Just south of Sarasota is Oscar Scherer State Park. It is a large park in an area that would certainly be developed if not preserved as a park. It has an interesting variety of land from sandy scrub to a tidal blackwater river. There are ponds for freshwater fishing, and the river offers saltwater fishing! Although the river was pretty, and offered a nice dock to view and paint from – the light hitting these palm trees in the parking lot caught my eye! I liked the lavender shadows on the white limerock road. It was a quiet afternoon in the park – you would never know you were so close to town. As I was finishing up the painting, Rick whispered behind me “Bobcat!” The bobcat just sauntered right in front of me, not bothered by us at all. He then jumped in the bushes after something, but evidently he missed his shot at dinner. I managed to get a few photos as he trotted away back into the woods. A great way to end the day:-)

For more information on this park, visit their website

Painting - Oscar Scherer State Park  6x8" on canvas panel en plein air

Painting – Oscar Scherer State Park – 6×8″ on canvas panel – en plein air

2 comments on “Park #43 – Oscar Scherer State Park

  1. marge drew
    March 17, 2015

    Good morning Sharon,  Your painting is very lovely! I am not so sure that I would have been as calm as you were with that very large bobcatso close by while painting. Glad your husband was close by enough tolet you know.. We get very focused while painting and I think its veryimportant to have someone close by to keep eye out for us.  Makesit much safer to paint in the wild that way. Anyhow you got a wonderfulpainting and some lovely photos!! Thanks tons Marge

  2. FlaScenics
    March 17, 2015

    Yes, I was totally focused on painting and didn’t even know he was just 10′ in front of me! We have Bobcats in our yard often, so I am used to them. They are beautiful creatures.
    Thanks for reading and commenting on my blog. I really appreciate it!

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