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The Florida State Park Plein Air Painting Tour – Painting each of Florida's State Parks on location

Park #26 – Seabranch Preserve State Park

When I arrived at Seabranch Preserve State Park it was a sunny clear morning. I walked the trails through the scrub, found a nice spot to paint just off the main … Continue reading

January 8, 2015 · Leave a comment

Park #25 – Colt Creek State Park

The first time we visited Colt Creek State Park was in the late summer. It was blooming all around with wildflowers and the trails were dry. Colt Creek State Park was … Continue reading

January 5, 2015 · 2 Comments

Park #24 – Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park

On the way to Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park, we just had to stop in town and peek in the windows of the old Adams Country Store. What … Continue reading

January 1, 2015 · 1 Comment

Park #23 – Lafayette Blue Springs State Park

Just how many different springs are named “Blue Springs” in Florida? I’m not exactly sure! There must be at least a dozen. Lafayette Blue Springs State Park is one of … Continue reading

December 31, 2014 · 2 Comments

Park #22 – Troy Springs State park

We arrived at Troy Springs State Park on a really nice sunny clear morning. Unfortunately, the springs weren’t clear. Recent rains had left the spring cloudy with river water. That … Continue reading

December 29, 2014 · Leave a comment

Park #21 – Suwannee River State Park

We arrived at Suwannee River State Park late in the day and checked into one of their cabins for the night. It was a nice surprise! The cabin is had two … Continue reading

December 27, 2014 · Leave a comment

Park #20 – Madison Blue Springs

On the way to Madison Blue Springs, Siri got us lost! We finally figured out the right direction and pulled into the park. Their ranger station is a vintage old … Continue reading

December 26, 2014 · 2 Comments

Park #19 – Wes Skiles Peacock Springs State Park

We entered Wes Skiles Peacock Springs on a sunny warm afternoon. The first stop was at the picnic tables at “Orange Grove Springs” for a quick lunch. A few of … Continue reading

December 21, 2014 · Leave a comment

Park #18 – Rainbow Springs State Park

When I got to this park, I couldn’t believe I forgot my camera! Luckily the Iphone did a good job capturing some of the beautiful scenery at this park just … Continue reading

December 19, 2014 · Leave a comment

Park #17 – North Peninsula State Park

After painting all morning at Washington Oaks, we headed down the road a bit to North Peninsula State Park. This section of highway A1A from Washington Oaks to Flagler Beach … Continue reading

December 18, 2014 · Leave a comment

Park #16 – Washington Oaks Gardens State Park

We arrived early at Washington Oaks Gardens State Park to a quite park with no one around and 1 car in the parking lot. We walked around the park and followed … Continue reading

December 15, 2014 · 2 Comments

Park #15 – Anastasia State Park

After painting at Fort Mose Historic State Park, we headed over to Anastasia State Park. It was still cold and windy, and we walked around the park to find a … Continue reading

December 11, 2014 · Leave a comment

Park #14 – Fort Mose Historic State Park

For park number 14 we headed over to St. Augustine and visited Fort Mose Historic State Park. This is a small park just north of  the old town and the more … Continue reading

December 9, 2014 · Leave a comment

Park #13 – St. Sebastian River Preserve State Park

On the way home from Sebastian Inlet State Park, we visited the nearby St. Sebastian River Preserve State Park. Rick wanted to check out the C-54 canal, so we drove … Continue reading

December 5, 2014 · Leave a comment

Park #12 – Sebastian Inlet State Park

It was a nice sunny morning drive over to Sebastian Inlet State Park. My dad used to fish here years ago, (he called it the “jellies!”) but I had never … Continue reading

December 3, 2014 · Leave a comment

Park #11 – Yulee Sugar Mill Ruins Historic State Park

For Park #11, I headed over to the gulf coast town of Homosassa. It is a small town on the banks of the Homosassa River. Right along the road into … Continue reading

December 1, 2014 · Leave a comment

Park #10 – Big Talbot Island State Park

After spending the afternoon at Amelia Island State Park, we drove across the bridge to Big Talbot Island State Park. We parked in the Bluffs parking area and took the … Continue reading

November 25, 2014 · Leave a comment

Park #9 – Amelia Island State Park

After painting at Fort Clinch State Park, we drove a short ways down A1A to Amelia Island State Park. This is a park at tip of Amelia Island, situated right … Continue reading

November 22, 2014 · Leave a comment

Park #8 – Fort Clinch State park

After raining all night, we woke up to more rain. But as we turned into the entrance for Fort Clinch State Park the rain stopped as we asked it to! … Continue reading

November 20, 2014 · Leave a comment

Park #7 – Little Talbot Island State Park

The drive to Little Talbot Island State Park takes you past the industrial port area into a beautiful natural set of barrier islands. The road travels over a bridge and … Continue reading

November 18, 2014 · Leave a comment

Park #6 – Pumpkin HIll Preserve State Park

After painting at Yellow Bluff Fort State Park, we drove up the road a few minutes to Pumpkin Hill Preserve State Park. The day had become overcast with thick clouds … Continue reading

November 17, 2014 · 1 Comment

Mt. Dora Plein Air Paint-out

Friday night is the opening reception for the annual Mt. Dora Center for the Arts, Mt. Dora in the Fall Plein Air Paint out. Below is a photo of my … Continue reading

November 13, 2014 · 2 Comments

Park #5 – Yellow Bluff Fort Historic State Park

This past weekend we drove up to Jacksonville to visit a few parks there. The first one was Yellow Bluff Fort Historic State Park. As we got off the interstate … Continue reading

November 12, 2014 · Leave a comment

Park #4 – Crystal River Preserve State Park

What a great day we had at Crystal River Preserve State Park! The sky was clear and the cool morning gave way to a bright warm afternoon. The “Mullet Hole” … Continue reading

November 10, 2014 · 2 Comments

Park #3 – Crystal River Archaeological State Park

For painting #3 of the Florida State Park Plein Air Tour, we headed over to the gulf coast town of Crystal River and visited Crystal River Archaeological State Park. This … Continue reading

November 7, 2014 · Leave a comment

Park #2 – Dunns Creek State Park

After lunch in Palatka we drove over to Dunns Creek State Park. Dunns Creek is a large park with 6,200 acres of land. There is a hiking trail, but that … Continue reading

November 5, 2014 · Leave a comment

Scenes of Palatka

After painting at Ravine Gardens State Park in the morning, we headed into downtown for lunch. Palatka is an old river town along the St. Johns River. The downtown, like … Continue reading

November 4, 2014 · Leave a comment

Florida State Park #1! Ravine Gardens State Park

After months of planning, the first day of the tour finally began on Saturday. And boy did Mother Nature make it a memorable one! The month of October was very … Continue reading

November 3, 2014 · 2 Comments

Just hours to Show Time!

The Florida State Park Plein Air Tour will begin on Saturday! I have the first state park picked out and all my painting supplies ready to go. Just in time … Continue reading

October 30, 2014 · Leave a comment

Lakeside Trail

Painted this little painting during a quick lunch break. This scene is at a park near home which I’ve painted twice before. I think this one may be the better … Continue reading

October 22, 2014 · Leave a comment

A Day of Dinosaurs!

This weekend I decided I wanted to paint something a bit different. Palm trees are great, but I wanted to practice drawing some architecture. I do love paintings of beautiful … Continue reading

October 20, 2014 · Leave a comment

In the News!

A great new article was just posted on Visit Florida about the Florida State Park Plein Air Tour! You can see the article here: Article

October 9, 2014 · Leave a comment

Christmas in October

I painted today with a friend in Tosohatchee Wildlife Management Area in Christmas, Florida. The day started off grey and dreary, but by the time we set up our easels, … Continue reading

October 4, 2014 · Leave a comment

It’s Live!

THE FLORIDA STATE PARK PLEIN AIR PAINTING TOUR Soon I will embark on an ambitious new project – the Florida State Park Plein Air Painting Tour. The Tour will begin … Continue reading

October 1, 2014 · 2 Comments

Time for a Little Reflection

This little plein air painting is a bit different than my usual. I really liked the reflection of the old pine tree in the water at a nearby lake. The … Continue reading

September 23, 2014 · Leave a comment

Wekiva Springs State Park – Fall Already?

The last weekend of summer, and it was a spectacular Sunday! I decided to paint at Wekiva Springs State Park, but the spring area was crowded with swimmers enjoying the … Continue reading

September 22, 2014 · Leave a comment

Flowers on Fire

Fire. At first it seems to be the most devastating thing that can happen to a forest. But given time, Mother Nature has ways to heal and come back even … Continue reading

September 21, 2014 · Leave a comment

A day in Oz (Ozello that is!)

A trip to Ozello on Florida’s Gulf coast should be on everyone’s list. It is one of my favorite places in Florida. A long winding road through the marsh leads … Continue reading

September 21, 2014 · Leave a comment

The Dora Canal

I painted this weekend along the Dora Canal. It is a scenic little passage between Lake Eustis and Lake Dora in Lake County. This scene is of a little bridge … Continue reading

September 21, 2014 · 2 Comments

Lovin’ it in Leesburg….

Made an early morning trip to Venetian Gardens and took some photos of the Lotus blossoms. They are just about done blooming for the season. Such a pretty display this … Continue reading

August 3, 2014 · Leave a comment

An evening at the park

Decided to go to the park and play with the camera tonight. What a perfect way to end the weekend!

July 27, 2014 · Leave a comment

Palms & Lotus

Braved the heat and painted at Sable Bluff Preserve. A nice hillside view of the lake with lots of palms. Found a spot underneath an old oak and painted the … Continue reading

July 14, 2014 · Leave a comment

Tremble Palms

It is really too hot to paint out for very long, but I really wanted to get outside! So I did this quick oil sketch Sunday morning then packed it up … Continue reading

June 30, 2014 · 2 Comments

“Still Florida” Opening Reception

The excitement builds! I’m painting furiously to finish the last painting for exhibit this Friday! I hope to see you there!   Opening Reception = Friday December 13th, 6 to … Continue reading

December 10, 2013 · Leave a comment

Off the Beathen Path – Florida Arts Tour

Take advantage of the great weather this weekend and tour the back roads of Lake county visiting the Art Studios of local artists. Studios are open both Saturday & Sunday!  … Continue reading

December 4, 2013 · Leave a comment

Sculpted Heron Tiles

  Just completed 6 new Heron Sculpture Tile wall hangings. These were made by hand from a mold of an original sculpture I created. Each is hand pressed from polymer … Continue reading

August 22, 2013 · Leave a comment

Opening Night!

Tonight is the first opening night for the annual Melrose Open Air Arts plein air event. Tonight is for patrons, but there is also a gala opening on Saturday as … Continue reading

March 22, 2013 · Leave a comment

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