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 #72 – Blackwater River State Park

We visited Blackwater River State Park just east of Pensacola after a long day of driving from central Florida. It was mid-afternoon and a few families were enjoying the cool water on this sunny day. I have seen photos of this river with large sandy banks along the edges, and I expected to paint something like that. But recent rains meant the river was high and flowing, so I set up to paint on the small beach and painted a little cove with some lily pads.

The water here is “black.” Not dirty, just stained a dark tea color from the trees.  Rick fished right next to me and caught a nice bass too.

To learn more about this park, please visit their website


Blackwater River State Park – painting en plein air 8×10″ oil on linen panel

2 comments on “Park #72 – Blackwater River State Park

  1. marge drew
    June 13, 2015

    Beautiful painting Sharon!! Some great photos too.. Your husbandsure  does catch some beautiful bass. I remember in Michigan that Taquaminin Falls in the upper peninsula had water the color of root beer going over the falls..FROM the tannin. Was quite a sight seeing it.   Thanks for sharing your painting theparks journey!! I am  enjoying it! Margé

  2. FlaScenics
    June 14, 2015

    Thank you Marge! The river here was very pretty and natural. We saw several canoes go by. There were many tube rental places nearby, so I know that the river is full of tubers now!
    I am glad you enjoying the tour!

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