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 #49 – Fanning Springs State Park

Our trip to Fanning Springs started off as a cool foggy morning. We walked around the spring to see that it was flooded from recent rains. The water was still very clear right at the spring, but muddy as the water flowed closer to the Suwannee River. There is a boardwalk that goes over the floodplain of the spring run to the banks of the Suwannee. The park wasn’t busy at all on this Saturday morning because of the flooding had closed the spring to swimming. This worked out good for me as I had the dock all to myself as I painted the clearest part of the spring.

So far on this tour I have painted at several springs and they are a real challenge! The water is so clear, it is difficult to get that “clear” effect with the paint. I have several more springs to paint, so I have more to try!

As a bonus, after leaving the park on Hwy 98 we saw a horse pasture blooming purple with moss verbena. Phlox is more common, but this was a spectacular show of Verbena!

For more information on Fanning Springs State Park, visit their website

Fanning Springs  8x10" oil on linen panel en plein air

Fanning Springs
8×10″ oil on linen panel en plein air

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