The Florida State Park Plein Air Painting Tour – Painting each of Florida's State Parks on location
Last weekend a friend and I went up to Apalachicola. We were there in the middle of two great events and we were lucky enough to see a little bit of both!
First was the Forgotten Coast Plein Air Paint Out, which features some of the worlds best plein air artists! What a treat to find many of them painting around town. We just had to stop and watch as they created some fabulous artwork for the event.
The other event was Plein Air South, which is an extension of the paint out with even more artists in town to give demonstrations and seminars about plein air painting. It was really motivating to be around artists who love to paint outdoors as much as I do.
We stayed at the historic Gibson Inn, right in downtown Apalach and from there we could walk the entire town. Sometimes we could walk right down the middle of the road and see no traffic, even on a Saturday! It really is the forgotten coast! (If you like ghosts and haunted adventures, stay at the Gibson. I sure had an unforgettable experience there.)
Shrimp and oyster boats are a common sight on the waterways, and the restaurants all serve it up fresh. The old boats and fish houses make for great painting subjects too!
All in all the weekend was just too short! Next year we’ll plan better so we can take full advantage of the events.