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 #126 – Lake Louisa State Park

I’ve been to Lake Louisa State Park a number of times. It was one of the parks I visited to make my initial video about my painting tour!

Located just south of Clermont, it preserves some of the old grove land along the cypress rimmed Lake Louisa. The groves are long gone and the hills overgrown with weeds, or I guess I should say native plants! I think eventually it will be a nice looking hilly landscape.

But down by the lake the land is more wooded and natural. Here is where most of the action is. On one visit we saw a deer with twin fawns feeding alongside the road. And I think we’ve seen a tortoise here on every visit.

There are several lakes in the park. On one lake there are nice cabins on a hill, and on another smaller lake a nice pavilion for fishing or just relaxing. Lake Louisa is the largest lake and it features some beautiful old cypress trees.

For this painting I painted the view of the fall colored cypress trees that line the lake. Years ago the water was much higher than it is now. The water has receded and left a nice white sand beach.

With recent rains, the water has come up a little, so Rick was able to fish in the weeds along the lake. He was right in front of me as I heard some splashing. I picked up my camera and was able to catch the fish leaping! It was a nice bass (which was released back to the lake).

Lake Louisa State Park is a nice park just 30 minutes from Orlando. Take a day and visit!

For more information about this park, visit their website


The Beach on Lake Louisa – 8×10″ oil on linen panel

2 comments on “Park #126 – Lake Louisa State Park

  1. marge drew
    December 4, 2015

    Beautiful painting!! fantastic photos.. esp the one of Rickcatching the fish… would make great painting probably I could not get the images to enlarge..not sure why..but thought that you might like to know.. Thanks tons for these posts! Margé

  2. FlaScenics
    December 4, 2015

    Thanks Margé! I was lucky in getting the fish leaping:-)
    Wordpress has a new image gallery update, that may be the issue with enlarging. Hopefully they will fix the bugs soon…

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