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 #97 – Ichetucknee Springs State Park

I was lucky to be at Ichetucknee Springs State Park on a quiet late afternoon. This park is usually jammed with swimmers and tubers and the roads are backed up with carloads trying to get into the park. Just about everyone who has grown up in north and central Florida has tubed down the Ichetucknee, including me! My tubing adventure was many years ago and the park seemed very different to me on this trip. My childhood memories are of a very deep, very clear slow moving river of ice cold water. It didn’t seem as deep or as clear this time. Maybe because I didn’t actually get in the water!

I wasn’t sure what I would paint, so we walked around the park and the spring area and took the trail to a different spring “Blue Hole” Spring. It was very pretty, but a group of swimmers were there and I didn’t have any room to set up. So it was back to the main spring to paint. The sky was very dark and overcast keeping the swimmers away, but lucky for me it never rained. I painted the spring and the small little river that flows out of it. I debated on painting the white barrier floats, but decided to leave them out.

For more information about this park, visit their website

Ichetucknee Springs 8x8

Ichetucknee Springs 8×8″ oil on linen panel

2 comments on “Park #97 – Ichetucknee Springs State Park

  1. marge drew
    September 3, 2015

    Sharon, your painting is beautiful..as are your lovely photos Beautiful park.  I have never been there so never tubed either. thanks forthe beautiful images!


  2. FlaScenics
    September 3, 2015

    Margé, that area of Florida is so pretty! You should take a day trip to visit the parks and have lunch in High Springs. It’s a cute little town. Used to have a gallery there, not sure if it is still there…

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