The Florida State Park Plein Air Painting Tour – Painting each of Florida's State Parks on location
It was a perfect morning to visit Tomoka State Park (near Ormond Beach), clear, cool and sunny!
Rick and I explored the park before I set off to paint. First we visited the monument of Chief Tomokie by artist Fred Dana Marsh, at least what remains of the statue. Dedicated in 1955, many of the pieces (bows, arrows, arms!) have fallen off and now Princess Oleeta is totally gone. There used to be a reflecting pool as well, but is dry. Apparently there never was a real Chief Tomokie, but the statue is still pretty cool. I hope that restoration may be in the works.
We followed a trail around the tip of the park with water all around. Here we saw a manatee and dolphins swimming the lagoon. The palm trees were leaning and some had fallen over onto the beach. This is one of my favorite type of landscapes – leaning palms and saltwater marshes! The light however was facing the wrong direction and the sun was directly in my eyes, so I decided not to paint here.
We drove back to the main area where the boat ramp is located. There is a store and cafe here with picnic tables overlooking the lagoon. It was early and no one was around except a few kayakers launching and a father and son fishing the shoreline. Rick fished here too, but didn’t have any luck.
Tomoka is one of my favorite parks to paint. Access is easy and the views are classic old Florida!
For more information about this park, visit their website