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 # 57 – Skyway Fishing Pier State Park

The Sunshine Skyway Bridge was hit by a barge in 1980. A section of the bridge collapsed and 35 people were killed. When a new bridge was built, sections at the north and south end were retained by Florida State parks and repurposed as fishing bridges.

Today the bridge is a popular spot for fishing. You can drive out along the spans of bridge and park and fish all day and all night too!

Rick and I arrived at the park early in the morning. A surprise front had just passed through, and even though it was warm and sunny, the cool wind was blowing up to 35mph gusts! We went out on the bridge and I just couldn’t stay – the wind made me seasick! But good news was, there is also a rest area before the park entrance. This was so beautiful! Great views of the bay and bridge.

I set up to paint this wonderful old Australian Pine that was along a cove protected from the wind. Beyond the tree the wind was tunneling by and the kite surfers were having a grand time fighting the wind. As I painted the tide got lower and the birds came in close to feed. Hard to believe just right below the interstate, this was one of the prettiest views I’ve painted!


Skyway Bridge State park, 8×10″ oil on linen panel en plein air

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