The Florida State Park Plein Air Painting Tour – Painting each of Florida's State Parks on location
This past weekend Rick and I ventured down to south central Florida for a couple of days. Rick fished with a few buddies in Lake Istokpoga and I hung out with his mom. On the first day we just happened to hear about a seminar at Archbold Biological Station and got there just in time to see a presentation about Art in the National Parks. It was interesting to hear another artist speak about painting in the parks! The people were very friendly and I enjoyed meeting many new art and nature loving friends. Anne (a fine artist and an author too!) was nice enough to show us her painting studio. I must say I was so envious of her cracker cottage surrounded by old palms and a killer lakefront view. I don’t know how she ever leaves!
The next day I ventured to Fisheating Creek WMA. The oaks there are covered in moss, airplants and wild orchids. I decided to paint at the canoe launch. The day was bright but hazy and I had a great view down the river. The two blue canoes left about halfway into my painting, but I luckily I already had them sketched in. I’d like to come back to this wild Florida river and take a canoe trip in summer when the orchids are in bloom!
On the way home, I stopped at the nearby Palmdale General Store to get a drink. It’s a new store in an old building, complete with chickens out back!
Two Canoes at Fisheating Creek – 8×10 oil, plein air