The Florida State Park Plein Air Painting Tour – Painting each of Florida's State Parks on location
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 even have their own beach area! The town of Grayton Beach separates the main park from the cabin area. So there is about a 1 mile drive between the two park sections. Grayton Beach is just a tiny little beach town consisting of a street or two. It is struggling to retain it’s old Florida flavor amidst all the growth and development in the area. There are no high rises or large condo complexes here. Of all the places on 30A, Grayton Beach is the closest to authentic Florida!
We arrived at the cabin late in the day so we headed for beach to see the sunset. It did not disappoint with shades of brilliant orange and hot pink. My little painting was a disappointment though… it was really hard to paint the changing colors so quickly!
The next afternoon we explored the main section of the park which features not only the beach, but a large dune lake called Western Lake. We took a hike along a trail on the shore, and then explored the other side of the lake near a bridge that crosses over. It was really hard to decide where to paint!
The dunes and pines were so full of life and were more interesting for me to paint than the beach. So I found a good spot out of the sun under a pavilion and painted this scene of the lake and dunes. The afternoon sun was getting low and cast a red light onto the old dead tree. I thought about leaving it out of the painting, but decided to leave it. Still not sure about it though!
For more information about this park, visit their website