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

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Withlacoochee Wortharevisit!

Just in case you didn’t get the title – Withlacoochee is definitely Worth a Re-visit! We spent a day this past holiday weekend out exploring some more of the Withlacoochee … Continue reading

July 5, 2016 · 2 Comments

You’re invited!

There is still time to visit  Mt. Dora and see all the paintings from my Florida State Park Plein Air Tour… After 14 months of painting the Florida State Parks, all … Continue reading

April 5, 2016 · 2 Comments

Fisheating Creek

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 … Continue reading

March 29, 2016 · 2 Comments

Plein Air Magazine – Outdoor Painter

I am excited to share an article in Plein Air Magazines online version OutdoorPainter.com about my Florida State Park Plein Air Tour! Click the link to see the whole story: link

January 21, 2016 · 2 Comments

Playing Tourist in Key West!

While in the keys for the Florida State Park Plein Air Tour, we couldn’t help ourselves from staying an extra day and touring Key West. We did all the touristy … Continue reading

January 5, 2016 · Leave a comment

Park #140 – Fort Zachary Taylor Historic State Park

Florida’s most southerly State Park is the 140th and last painting of my Florida State Park Plein Air Painting Tour. Fort Zachary Taylor Historic State Park is located on the western side … Continue reading

December 31, 2015 · 2 Comments

Park #139 – Bahia Honda State Park

We left our cottage in Islamorada early, so when we pulled into Bahia Honda State Park the morning light was just perfect! It was a beautiful clear sunny day, but … Continue reading

December 30, 2015 · Leave a comment

Park #138 – Tomoka State Park

It was a perfect morning to visit Tomoka State Park (near Ormond Beach), clear, cool and sunny! Rick and I explored the park before I set off to paint. First we … Continue reading

December 28, 2015 · 2 Comments

Park #137 – Blue Springs State Park

I visited Blue Springs State Park in Orange City on Christmas Eve day. When I arrived early in the morning, there weren’t many people there at all and I had … Continue reading

December 26, 2015 · 2 Comments

Park #136 – Bulow Creek State Park

Bulow Creek State Park is located in a particularly scenic section of Florida just north of Ormond Beach. Just off the famous “Ormond Loop” scenic drive this park is worth … Continue reading

December 24, 2015 · 2 Comments

Park #135 – Long Key State Park

After visiting Curry Hammock State Park, we drove a little north toward Islamorada and visited Long Key State Park. We arrived right at low tide and the grass flats were … Continue reading

December 22, 2015 · 2 Comments

Park #134 – Curry Hammock State Park

On our second day in the keys we traveled from Islamorada south to Curry Hammock State Park. The wind was howling and gusting to 30mph from a “cold” front that … Continue reading

December 20, 2015 · 2 Comments

Park #133 -Windley Key Fossil Reef Geological State Park

This interesting park is just north of Islamorada in the middle keys. It preserves the old limestone fossil quarry that was used to build Flagler’s Overseas Railroad. Once the railroad … Continue reading

December 17, 2015 · 2 Comments

Park #132 -Dagny Johnson Key Largo Hammock Botanical State Park

  Just north of John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park is Dagny Johnson Key Largo Botanical State Park. It seems to be a popular park and we saw a lot of people … Continue reading

December 16, 2015 · Leave a comment

Park #131 – John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park

We decided to take a week during Thanksgiving to visit the State Parks in the Florida Keys and finish out my Florida State Park Plein Air Tour. Just 10 more paintings to … Continue reading

December 14, 2015 · 2 Comments

Park #129 – Fort George Island Cultural State Park

  As you drive just outside of Jacksonville, this park is one of the first in a string of scenic State Parks. The quiet road through the park has some great … Continue reading

December 10, 2015 · 2 Comments

Park #128 – Hillsborough River State Park

Want to see some river rapids in Florida? A good place to see a wild river is at Hillsborough River State Park between Zepherhills and Tampa. The river is known … Continue reading

December 8, 2015 · Leave a comment

Park #127 – Fernandina Plaza Historic State Park

Fernandina Plaza Historic State Park just north of Jacksonville is just a small little square of land on a hill overlooking the Amelia River. There isn’t much here now, but … Continue reading

December 5, 2015 · Leave a comment

Park #126 – Lake Louisa State Park

I just posted park #126 to my blog! Click here to see more…

December 3, 2015 · 2 Comments

Park #125 – Faver-Dykes State Park

The entrance road to Faver-Dykes State Park near St. Augustine is easy to find if you know to exit off I-95 and  look behind the bright orange signs of the pecan … Continue reading

December 1, 2015 · Leave a comment

Park #124 – Stump Pass State Park

When we got to Stump Pass State Park it was still a bit dark and overcast, but that changed quickly! The parking area is pretty small, but we were there … Continue reading

November 19, 2015 · 1 Comment

Side Trip – Boca Grande

If you are traveling to Gasparilla Island State Park, you have no choice but to drive through downtown Boca Grande. Usually we avoid traveling through towns. Who needs to deal … Continue reading

November 13, 2015 · 2 Comments

Park #122 – Gasparilla Island State park

Gasparilla Island State Park is located on the island of Boca Grande. We’ve always heard of the Boca Grande Lighthouse – but the park actually features two lighthouses! As you … Continue reading

November 11, 2015 · 2 Comments

Park #121 – Charlotte Harbor Preserve State Park

Charlotte Harbor Preserve State Park covers many acres and has several entrance points. We chose to visit this park at the Charlotte Harbor Environmental Center. For some reason it was … Continue reading

November 9, 2015 · 2 Comments

Park #120 – Wekiwa Springs State Park

Wekiwa Springs State Park is fairly close to home and I know that to get inside the park on a hot steamy Saturday, it is best to arrive early! Even … Continue reading

November 7, 2015 · Leave a comment

Park #119 – Werner Boyce Salt Springs State Park

Just off the busy 6 lane Highway 19 near New Port Richey is a wonderful natural park. Once you pull off the highway you immediately leave behind the shopping mall … Continue reading

November 5, 2015 · Leave a comment

Park #118 – Weeki Wachee Springs State Park

Weeki Wachee Springs has been a tourist attraction since 1947 when Newton Perry bought the land around the spring and transformed beautiful young ladies into mystical mermaids of the springs. … Continue reading

November 2, 2015 · Leave a comment

Park #117 – Madira Bickel Mound State Archaeological Site

The road leading to Madira Bickel Mound is what makes this park memorable. I’ve driven by this area off of I-275 just south of the Skyway Bridge many times, but … Continue reading

October 29, 2015 · Leave a comment

Park #116 – Lovers Key State Park

It was a typical hot sunny summer day while we were at Lovers Key State Park near Fort Myers. First we explored the bay area where they rent kayaks and … Continue reading

October 28, 2015 · Leave a comment

Park #115 – San Marcos de Apalache Historic State Park

My first trip to San Marcos de Apalache was right at 5 in the afternoon. It was a  glorious clear sunny evening and I was hoping to paint the golden … Continue reading

October 27, 2015 · Leave a comment

Park #114 – Econfina River State Park

When we woke up the morning of our visit to Econfina River State Park (northwest of Perry, FL), we knew we were in for an all day rain soaker. There was … Continue reading

October 23, 2015 · 2 Comments

Park #113 – Ochlockonee River State Park

After spending the morning painting to beat the rain at Bald Point State Park, we traveled to nearby Ochlockonee River State Park where the rain was happy to meet us! … Continue reading

October 19, 2015 · Leave a comment

Park #112 – Bald Point State Park

Bald Point State Park is located on the Forgotten Coast of Florida near Panacea. Out here you get a feel for what old Florida was like before all the beaches … Continue reading

October 16, 2015 · Leave a comment

Park #111 – Orman House Historic State Park

We arrived at the Orman House Historic State Park late and it was closed. The afternoon light was still great and perfect for painting so I walked on the sidewalk … Continue reading

October 16, 2015 · 2 Comments

Park #110 – Edward Ball Wakulla Springs State Park

We arrived at Wakulla Springs mid-day on a Saturday afternoon. The spring area was packed with teenagers swimming and diving off the platform. There was another viewing platform near the boat … Continue reading

October 12, 2015 · Leave a comment

Park #109 – Natural Bridge Battlefield Historic State Park

For a Saturday afternoon, this park was very quiet. When we arrived some boy scouts were working on a landscaping project near the picnic area. There were only a couple … Continue reading

October 9, 2015 · 2 Comments

Park #108 – St. Marks River Preserve State Park

St. Marks River Preserve State Park is one of the newer state parks, so it doesn’t have all the amenities yet. But what it does have is many trails and lots … Continue reading

October 7, 2015 · Leave a comment

Park #107 – Lake Jackson Mounds Archeological State Park

Lake Jackson Mounds Archeological State Park is located in the suburbs of Tallahassee just north of I-10. It’s location in town makes one realize that if some places in Florida were … Continue reading

October 6, 2015 · Leave a comment

Park #106 – San Felasco Hammock Preserve State Park

We arrived at Devil’s Millhopper State Park before it opened, so we drove just a mile or two down the road to San Felasco Hammock Preserve State Park. There were … Continue reading

October 5, 2015 · Leave a comment

Park #105 – Devil’s Millhopper State Park

On this visit to Devil’s Millhopper State Park in Gainesville I was in for a surprise. The recent rains had filled the deep sink with water, and half of the … Continue reading

October 2, 2015 · 2 Comments

Park #104 – Dudley Farm Historic State Park

I spent a tranquil Saturday morning at Dudley Farm Historic State Park near Gainesville. I arrived early and it was just me and the farm animals for the first couple of … Continue reading

September 30, 2015 · 2 Comments

Park #103 – Ybor City Museum State Park

I spent a quiet Sunday morning on the streets of old Ybor City near Tampa. The air was cool and dry (for a change!) and the streets empty of cars … Continue reading

September 25, 2015 · 2 Comments

Park #102 – Gamble Plantation Historic State Park

The full name of this state park is actually the Judah P. Benjamin Confederate Memorial at Gamble Plantation Historic State Park – whew! what a long name! This majestic columned … Continue reading

September 22, 2015 · Leave a comment

Park # 101 Lower Wekiva River Preserve State Park

This post is the 100th painting on the Florida State Park Tour! Only a few months left to complete my goal of painting at each of Florida’s State Parks this … Continue reading

September 16, 2015 · 2 Comments

Park #100 – Hontoon Island State Park

Hontoon Island State Park is along the St. Johns River just south of Deland. The road to the park winds past the old Deland train station and pretty scenery. As you get … Continue reading

September 11, 2015 · Leave a comment

Park #99 – Big Shoals State Park

The first time we went by Big Shoals State Park we couldn’t find it! Siri kept taking us to the other side of the river, and when we finally figured … Continue reading

September 9, 2015 · 2 Comments

Park #98 – River Rise State Park

As you drive by the entrance for River Rise State Park, you’ll notice the gate is closed and locked. To gain access, just go to the ranger station at nearby … Continue reading

September 4, 2015 · 2 Comments

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