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 # 54 – Caladesi Island State Park

Caladesi Island State Park is a barrier island off the gulf coast near Clearwater. There are no roads to the park, so to get there you can use your own boat, or like us, take the convenient ferry ride from Honeymoon Island State Park.

We were there on a busy Saturday during spring break and the ferry was busy carrying full loads of visitors over to the island.  It was a picture perfect sunny Florida day for a boat ride and many people were out on kayaks, stand up paddle boards, sailboats and speedboats. We even saw a dolphin swimming along.

Once we arrived at the island we were just amazed at all the people there – People sure do enjoy visiting the State Parks!

I set up to paint on a less crowded side of the beach facing Honeymoon Island. The sun was hot, but the breeze kept me cool. The kids on the beach were very interested in the painting process. We had great conversations about painting and colors, and enjoying nature.

Rick was fishing in the surf and caught a bunch of lady fish and jacks, but didn’t luck out on any snook.  Soon it was time to pack up and take the ferry back over to Honeymoon Island.

For more information about this park, visit their website

Caladesi Island Beach - 8x10

Caladesi Island Beach – 8×10″ oil on linen panel en plein air

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