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 #46 – Lake Kissimmee State Park

This was the first time I had been to Lake Kissimmee State Park, but I will definitely go back again! It is a very large park aong Lake Kissimmee. From the entrance gate, a long winding road with pine flats and oak hammocks leads you to the canal that empties out to the big lake. There is a store and boat ramp here. A short walk leads you to an observation tower with views out across the prairie grass to the lake. It didn’t take me long to pick a spot – under a huge live oak, with the morning light making the new spring growth just glow! So many colors were on what should have been a dingy grey tree trunk – the light was reflecting red from the fallen leaves with lavenders and blues and greens – oh my! I might’ve gotten carried away!

After painting we had lunch overlooking the canal, and then enjoyed a hike through the oaks and pines. In the summer they have a “cowboy camp.” I think I’ll go back and maybe paint some cowboys!

Lake Kissimmee Oak Shadows - 8x10" Oil on linen panel en plein air

Lake Kissimmee Oak Shadows – 8×10″ Oil on linen panel en plein air

For more information about this park visit their website

2 comments on “Park #46 – Lake Kissimmee State Park

  1. marge drew
    March 24, 2015

     Nice painting Sharon..and interesting photos.  Not surewhich is the water lettuce..etc though..but that’s ok sinceI am not going to have real need to know..The park looks grand.. and the prairie is interesting.


  2. FlaScenics
    March 24, 2015

    Thanks Margé, it is a nice park. I bet there are wildflowers really blooming there now. It is about an hour and a half drive for me, otherwise I think I’d be there more often!

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