Florida Scenics Blog- The art of Sharon Osterholt

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Practice Painting

Last weekend I decided to go to a local park and see what wildflowers were blooming in this extra hot summer season. I found quite a few flowers putting on a show. After taking photos of the flowers, I thought I’d try a little painting.

I drove to another nearby park that I hadn’t been to before. There was a little pond and a butterfly garden, but it was all mowed and boring looking. Gardeners like neat, tidy places – but artists like the scene to be a bit wild and messy!

I almost walked back to the car to leave, but on my way I noticed the little dirt path back to the parking area might make a decent painting. So I set up under the shade of a tall pine tree and tried to make the scene a little more interesting than it was. I made the dirt trail more exaggerated than it was in real life, but I think it worked out OK.

Luckily I painted quick and finished up the painting just as a thunderstorm started to roll in.


Palm Trees and the Parking Lot – 8×10″ oil on linen panel


2 comments on “Practice Painting

  1. marge drew
    August 15, 2016

    SharonI just realized that I got distracted before I was ableto respond to this post.. sorry.. Your painting is beautiful!! Glad you stuck around todo it..and glad you finished before the storm. Your photos of flowers are lovely!! Thanks for sharing your adventures in art!  Margé

  2. FlaScenics
    August 15, 2016

    Thanks Margé! I always have a good time out painting – whether the painting turns out OK or not, at least I learned something!

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