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

So long to A.S. Herlong

It’s an end of an era in Leesburg. Soon a new buyer will be demolishing the A.S. Herlong building, which has stood along the rail road tracks and across from the … Continue reading

February 8, 2017 · Leave a comment

Canaveral Seashore Plein Air Paint Out

This year I was honored to be invited to participate in the Canaveral Seashore Plein Air Paint Out. The paint-out was to be a whole week (October 1st thru the … Continue reading

October 19, 2016 · 2 Comments

Oh Ozello

One of my favorite places in Florida is the road to Ozello. It’s a long twisty two lane road where the speed limits rarely get up to 30mph. Around each … Continue reading

September 20, 2016 · 2 Comments

Practice Painting

Last weekend I decided to go to a local park and see what wildflowers were blooming in this extra hot summer season. I found quite a few flowers putting on a … Continue reading

August 10, 2016 · 2 Comments

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

Discovering the Forgotten Coast

Last weekend a friend and I went up to Apalachicola. We were there in the middle of two great events and we were lucky enough to see a little bit of … Continue reading

May 28, 2016 · 2 Comments

Way down yonder on the Withlacoochee

Well, that’s not exactly how the song goes, but it does have a good ring to it! This past weekend I discovered a new park near Dade City on the … Continue reading

May 24, 2016 · 1 Comment

Detour to see the show…

Instead of taking the interstate this weekend, take a little detour down some country roads and enjoy beautiful Florida wildflowers this weekend! I took these photographs around the Gainesville area last … Continue reading

April 22, 2016 · Leave a comment

Wind in my Sails

This weekend I decided to paint the view of Lake Eustis from the city boat ramp. I wanted to paint this view before, but the wind was blowing across the … Continue reading

April 18, 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

The Eustis Train Depot

A couple of weeks ago I was driving down a road in Eustis taking a short cut from the Lakeside drive to Bay St.  I’ve never taken this shortcut before, so seeing … Continue reading

April 4, 2016 · Leave a comment

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

Like riding a bike!

I’ve been so busy these past two months preparing for the Florida State Park Plein Air Tour. Framing and readying a display for 140 paintings took some work! Now that … Continue reading

March 14, 2016 · Leave a comment

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 #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 #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

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 #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 #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

Park #97 – Ichetucknee Springs State Park

I was lucky to be at Ichetucknee Springs State Park on a quiet late afternoon. This park is usually jammed with swimmers and tubers and the roads are backed up … Continue reading

September 2, 2015 · 2 Comments

Park #94 – Avalon State Park

Avalon State Park is located just south of Vero Beach. It is a beautiful stretch of beach along A1A, with forested land across the road on the bayside too. There … Continue reading

August 16, 2015 · 2 Comments

Park #89 – Falling Waters State Park

When we got to Falling Waters State Park the wind was really starting to blow and storm clouds were moving in. We quickly went down the trail to the waterfall this park is … Continue reading

July 31, 2015 · Leave a comment

Park #88 – Three Rivers State Park

We drove into to Three Rivers State Park (just west of Tallahassee near the Georgia border) in the middle of a hot steamy typical Florida summer afternoon. As we passed the entrance … Continue reading

July 29, 2015 · Leave a comment

Park #87 – Lake Talquin State Park

If I had to guess, I’d say that Lake Talquin State Park near Tallahassee has the most spiders of any park in Florida! And luckily for all the visitors who … Continue reading

July 24, 2015 · 2 Comments

Park #86 – Letchworth-Love Mounds Archaeological State Park

We drove into Letchworth-Love Mounds Archaeological State Park, and once again were the only people here to enjoy the park. There is something special at being the only humans in … Continue reading

July 21, 2015 · Leave a comment

Park #85 – Constitution Convention Museum State Park

When we arrived early in the morning at the Constitution Convention Museum State Park near Appalachicola, it hadn’t opened yet. Even though we couldn’t tour the museum we were able … Continue reading

July 18, 2015 · 2 Comments

Park #84 – Ponce de Leon Springs State Park

Ponce de Leon Springs State park is between Pensacola and Tallahassee. There is another spring called De Leon Springs State Park, it is closer to Deland and is famous for … Continue reading

July 16, 2015 · 2 Comments

Park #82 – Forest Capital Museum State Park

There is more to this state park than meets the eye. While I was taking photos of the park entrance sign I saw a marker for a former WWII era … Continue reading

July 11, 2015 · Leave a comment

Park #77 – T. H. Stone Memorial St. Joseph Peninsula State Park

It was a beautiful drive along the gulf coast from Port St. Joe to T.H. Stone Memorial St. Joseph Peninsula State Park. Along the way are glimpses of beach and … Continue reading

June 26, 2015 · 2 Comments

Park #72 – Blackwater River State Park

We visited Blackwater River State Park just east of Pensacola after a long day of driving from central Florida. It was mid-afternoon and a few families were enjoying the cool water … Continue reading

June 13, 2015 · 2 Comments

Park #70 – St. Andrews State Park

St. Andrews State Park was a surprise. After driving through the heart of Panama City Beach and it’s hotels and t-shirt shops we really didn’t expect this park to be … Continue reading

June 3, 2015 · 4 Comments

Park #65 – Big Lagoon State Park

Big Lagoon State Park is just west of Pensacola on a large saltwater lagoon. Across the lagoon is Gulf Islands National Seashore. It was a bright sunny day the morning … Continue reading

May 24, 2015 · 2 Comments

Painting #64 – Tarklin Bayou Preserve State Park

We arrived at Tarklin Bayou Preserve State Park on a sunny clear morning. This park is on the west side of Pensacola, but even morning traffic through town wasn’t bad … Continue reading

May 20, 2015 · Leave a comment

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