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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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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

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 #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 #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 #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

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 #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 #91 – Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park

Happy National Lighthouse Day! As we drove over to Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park just across the Biscayne Bay from downtown Miami the morning air was hazy from fires … Continue reading

August 7, 2015 · 2 Comments

Park #76 – Grayton Beach State Park

We used a cabin at Grayton Beach State Park as our home base while visiting the parks in the panhandle area. The cabins are set away from the main park, and … Continue reading

June 22, 2015 · 2 Comments

Park # 57 – Skyway Fishing Pier State Park

The Sunshine Skyway Bridge was hit by a barge in 1980. A section of the bridge collapsed and 35 people were killed. When a new bridge was built, sections at … Continue reading

April 21, 2015 · Leave a comment

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 #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 #48 – Little Manatee River State Park

I spent a quiet afternoon painting at Little Manatee River. First I drove around the park roads scouting for a good painting location. I traveled past the picnic tables all … Continue reading

March 30, 2015 · Leave a comment

Park #47 – Allen David Broussard Catfish Creek Preserve State Park

After visiting Lake Kissimmee State Park I had Catfish Creek State Park on my list. On the map the two parks touch borders, so I figured it was just a … Continue reading

March 27, 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 #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 #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 #27 – Highlands Hammock State Park

Highlands Hammock State Park is one of Florida’s oldest parks, with some of it’s buildings constructed by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) during the great depression. It used to have … Continue reading

January 12, 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 #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 #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 #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

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

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