The Florida State Park Plein Air Painting Tour – Painting each of Florida's State Parks on location
Happy National Lighthouse Day!
As we drove over to Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park just across the Biscayne Bay from downtown Miami the morning air was hazy from fires in the Everglades. While north and central Florida have been getting plenty of rain this year, south Florida is very dry.
Once we got through the high rises and busy city traffic, we got closer to the bay and it started to look and feel more like we going onto an island. The park is located at the tip of Key Biscayne.
This was our first time visiting this park, but I already knew I wanted to paint the lighthouse! I made my way over to the lighthouse grounds while my husband Rick decided to fish off the seawall. The walk from the parking area to the lighthouse was just beautiful! As I walked under the canopy of large coconut palms, I was greeted by a large hermit crab and an iguana! Just beyond the lighthouse is the old brick keepers house, and they still have the outhouse too! From the seawall I could see the famous stilt houses in the distance. The light was pretty harsh on this side of the lighthouse, so I walked over to the north side. From here the view of the lighthouse was across a sandy beach.
Surprisingly the waves were just gently lapping – no large waves here! As I painted a few families came out to enjoy the beach, but still the crowd only got to maybe 20 people. I had kicked off my shoes to paint in the sand, but the sun was baking and heating up the sand! I had to take breaks and stand near a garbage can to cool my feet in the shady spot!
The whole time I painted, the little cloud on the left side of the lighthouse just stayed put! I don’t think I’ve ever seen a cloud that didn’t change over a couple of hours. Finally the sun got to be too much and I called the painting done! We had a picnic lunch in the shade of the palms and a pretty ibis came over looking for scraps like a little puppy dog.
For more information about this park, visit their website