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

Park #58 – Mike Roess Gold Head Branch State Park

We arrived at Mike Roess Gold Head Branch State Park mid-afternoon as the clouds were building. We stopped at the overlook down a deep ravine formed by Gold Head Branch. … Continue reading

April 24, 2015 · Leave a comment

Park #56 – Terra Ceia Preserve State Park

Terra Ceia Preserve State Park is located near the south end of the I-275 Skyway bridge. I’ve driven this section of interstate south of St. Petersburg many times and never stopped. … Continue reading

April 17, 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 # 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 #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 #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 #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 #32 – Lake Griffin State Park

Lake Griffin State Park seems to be one of the smaller parks because most of the land is too swampy to hike. We pulled in on a sunny cool morning … Continue reading

January 27, 2015 · Leave a comment

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 #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 #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 #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 #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 #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 #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

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

I’ve been workin’ on the weekend…

Hung out in the studio this weekend and got 2 paintings  – dare i say it?- …completed.  Wow! The first one is titled “Jr.”  He’s a cute little steer in … Continue reading

July 18, 2010 · Leave a comment

Fourth of July

Today was a cool day for July! The clouds laid low all day, but the rain stayed away. The hummingbirds were loving the cooler weather and were buzzing all around … Continue reading

July 4, 2010 · 4 Comments

Keith’s Corn

I did this plein air painting at a friends farm last May. The corn didn’t do so well due to all the rain – you can see the mud in … Continue reading

May 5, 2010 · 2 Comments

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