Florida Scenics Blog- The art of Sharon Osterholt

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

Park # 55 – Honeymoon Island State Park

We arrived at Honeymoon Island State Park near Dunedin fairly early on a Saturday morning, but lots of other people were already lining the causeway. The causeway is a two … Continue reading

April 14, 2015 · Leave a comment

Park # 54 – Caladesi Island State Park

Caladesi Island State Park is a barrier island off the gulf coast near Clearwater. There are no roads to the park, so to get there you can use your own … Continue reading

April 13, 2015 · Leave a comment

Park # 53 – Collier-Seminole State Park

Collier-Seminole State Park is located on the Tamiami Trail between Naples and Everglades City. On the edge of the everglades, this park is lush with oaks, royal palm trees and mangroves. … Continue reading

April 10, 2015 · Leave a comment

Park #52 – Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park

On the way to this park down highway 29, there were high chain link fences and signs that read “Panther Crossing.” I drove carefully hoping to spot a seldom seen … Continue reading

April 8, 2015 · Leave a comment

Park #51 Delnor-Wiggins Pass State Park

We arrived at Delnor-Wiggins Pass State Park on another sunny warm Florida day. The park is pretty with Australian pines along the beach side, and mangroves along the bay side. We … Continue reading

April 6, 2015 · 2 Comments

Park # 50 Manatee Springs State Park

Wow – up to 50 paintings of Florida’s State Parks! Now just under 100 more to do before the end of the year. This was my first visit to Manatee … Continue reading

April 2, 2015 · 3 Comments

Park #49 – Fanning Springs State Park

Our trip to Fanning Springs started off as a cool foggy morning. We walked around the spring to see that it was flooded from recent rains. The water was still … Continue reading

April 1, 2015 · Leave a comment

Park #41 – Bulow Plantation Ruins Historic State Park

I love palm trees in paintings, so when I saw these tall old Sable Palms along Bulow Creek, choosing a spot to paint was easy! The park wasn’t very busy, … Continue reading

March 5, 2015 · 2 Comments

Park #40 – Fort Cooper State Park

When we arrived at Fort Cooper State Park, just outside of Inverness, it was sunny. But soon the skies turned cloudy and threatened rain. I selected a smaller canvas size … Continue reading

March 2, 2015 · 2 Comments

Park #38 – Paynes Creek Historic State Park

Paynes Creek Historic State Park is a nice place to explore and spend a day. Paynes Creek flows into the Peace River here, and there is a suspension bridge over … Continue reading

February 23, 2015 · 2 Comments

Park #37 – Fort Pierce Inlet State Park

What nice weather we had for visiting Fort Pierce Inlet State Park. This winter season has been unusually cold and cloudy, but this day was warm, bright and sunny. We … Continue reading

February 16, 2015 · 2 Comments

Park #36 – Lake Manatee State Park

We arrived at Lake Manatee State Park on a beautiful morning with a crisp cloudless sky. I explored the park and was surprised to find some Sky-blue Lupines blooming along the … Continue reading

February 10, 2015 · 1 Comment

Park #35 – Alafia River State Park

The weather man on TV said this day would be a partly sunny day – but they were just totally wrong! As we were driving to the park it was … Continue reading

February 7, 2015 · 2 Comments

Park #34 – Myakka River State Park

Myakka River State Park is one of Florida’s most popular parks, and for good reason. This park is one of the largest and oldest state parks. Located just east of … Continue reading

February 5, 2015 · 2 Comments

Park #33 – Dade Battlefield Historic State Park

I painted at Dade Battlefield Historic State Park early on a Sunday morning. First I toured the park. A self guided walking tour winds under the oaks and pines with … Continue reading

January 30, 2015 · 2 Comments

Park #31 – Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park

Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park has to be one of my favorite parks so far! From the parking area visitors take a boat ride to the main entrance. The … Continue reading

January 21, 2015 · Leave a comment

Park #29 – Lake June-in-Winter Scrub State Park

After spending the morning at Highlands Hammock State Park, we drove down the road a few miles to Lake June-in-Winter Scrub State Park. The sun was getting low in the sky, … Continue reading

January 16, 2015 · Leave a comment

Park #28 – Savannas Preserve State Park

I arrived at the Savannas Preserve State Park on a very windy afternoon. The wind was whipping from the east at about a steady 25mph! After touring the park, I … Continue reading

January 14, 2015 · 3 Comments

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 #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 #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 #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 #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 #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

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

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