The Florida State Park Plein Air Painting Tour – Painting each of Florida's State Parks on location
I spent a tranquil Saturday morning at Dudley Farm Historic State Park near Gainesville. I arrived early and it was just me and the farm animals for the first couple of hours.
This was my first time visiting this park and I was surprised by the size of the farm. There are 18 authentic historic buildings on the farm. From the main house to the barns, the general store and post office, all them remain unchanged over the years, offering a glimpse of how life in Florida was back in the 1800’s, complete with cracker cows, mules, chickens and turkeys,. This is one of those “must do parks”, especially for families with young children. There is so much here for them to see and learn.
The park staff and volunteers wear period clothing as they do chores around the farm. There are also many special events held to showcase farm happenings such as the sugar cane harvest.
I walked around the park and took many photos, trying to decide what to paint. At first I wanted to paint the cracker cows in the pasture, then thought maybe I’ll do the kitchen with it’s cute stone fireplace. But the clothes hanging on the line waved me over to paint them! The sun started low and cast great shadows across the grass and I really liked the effect of the sun shining on the draped fabrics.
From the state park website, I found a link to a great video that explains the park perfectly: click here to view
For more information about this park, visit their website