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 #69 – Deer Lake State Park

Deer Lake State Park is along Scenic Highway 30A in South Walton County. Amid all the “new urbanism” planned communities along this stretch of two lane road, this State Park preserves one of Florida’s rare beauties – the Coastal Dune Lake.

We pulled into the small parking area late afternoon and walked the boardwalk towards the beach. The beach here is beautiful – but the dunes and the lake were what caught my eye. I decided to set up under the shade of a pavilion on the boardwalk. Ahhh, shade sweet shade! From here there was a nice view overlooking the dunes to the lake and distant pines in the background.

As we walked back towards the parking area, beautiful wild Sweet Bay Magnolia trees were blooming along the boardwalk. The boardwalk is elevated over a wet area, so you are eye level with these miniature magnolia blossoms. As were were leaving we noticed a trail on the opposite side of 30A – a good excuse to come back and explore some more!

For more information about this park, visit their website

Deer Lake Dunes - 8x8

Deer Lake Dunes – 8×8″ plein air oil on linen panel

2 comments on “Park #69 – Deer Lake State Park

  1. marge drew
    June 2, 2015

    Sharnon…this is a lovely painting!  The park lookslike a fun place to paint.

    I  have a suggestion…since the frame that yourusing is designed for square painting ..I  think thatif you rotated the image in the painting one turn tothe right that the side lines would be working betterto  show off the painting.. Than the top and bottom would have same design..and the sides would have adirection with the line design having a short line onthe top and a longer leading eye line below it..     I hope you continue to find shade…always welcomeI love the little  bay magnolias..NEVER knew what they were.     Thanks for a wonderful blog.   Margé

    • FlaScenics
      June 2, 2015

      Thanks Margé!
      I think I know what you mean by the frame – but I can’t figure out how to post a photo in the reply!

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