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 #85 – Constitution Convention Museum State Park

When we arrived early in the morning at the Constitution Convention Museum State Park near Appalachicola, it hadn’t opened yet. Even though we couldn’t tour the museum we were able to walk the grounds.

Just beyond the museum building is a large monument dedicated in 1956 to the creation of Florida’s constitution. And a across the street is a locomotive from Florida’s first lumber train, and train wheels that were salvaged from the bay.

From the museum building there is a row of old sable palms (Florida’s state tree) lining a beautiful grassy view toward St. Joseph’s bay. I thought about painting this view, but the smell of lemony sweet magnolia blossoms pulled me in their direction!

For more information about this park, visit their website

Constitution Magnolia 8x8

Constitution Magnolia 8×8″ oil on linen panel

2 comments on “Park #85 – Constitution Convention Museum State Park

  1. marge drew
    July 19, 2015

    lovely painting Sharon  I had no idea that magnolia’s   have lemonysmell.. Do not remember one when I was painting a magnolia blossom.Perhaps the different kinds have different kinds of smells I like the locomotive..looks quite cool!!  Margé

  2. FlaScenics
    July 20, 2015

    Thanks Margé! I think Magnolias have a fresh and clean fragrance with a touch of lemon. I think in the mornings and evenings the smell is more intense. A favorite of mine is a magnolia relative called the “Banana Shrub” it smells like sweet banana candy – intoxicating!

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