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Friday, June 6, 2014

A Funny Thing Happened At Grayton Beach

A good friend and I recently spent a lovely day next door in Florida exploring Grayton Beach and DeFuniak Springs.  We took loads of photos, enjoyed a windy beach and had a delicious lunch at Grayt Grounds (Monet Monet). 
Grayt Grounds is a Florida replica of Monet's Giverny home and garden with the added benefit of art, excellent coffee, pastries, sandwiches and a catering service.  There is also a jewelry store on site called Rock Hard Designs.  Very relaxing.

 Welcoming Front of Grayt Grounds

 Bridge and Koi Pond at Grayt Grounds

Wedding Reception setting at Grayt Grounds
So there we were enjoying a fine lunch in this scenic stop when a lady sitting with her husband at a nearby table leaned over and asked if I was an artist.  I said "Yes."  She went on to say that I looked so familiar that she was sure that she had bought art from me.  After several minutes of questions and discussion she decided that she had in fact bought a blue crab painting from me and had sent it to her father in Delaware as a present.  This is entirely possible since I have done hundreds of sales via Ebay and Etsy over the past year.  In any event, I was flattered and slightly bemused at being recognized in public outside of my local area. 
Our next stop was DeFuniak Springs and a drive around perfectly round DeFuniak Lake fronted by gracious homes and churches.  We stopped at Florida's oldest public library still in operation, the DeFuniak-Walton Library (built in 1886-1887), where the librarian wound up a giant music box for us and told us all about the collection of medieval swords that were hanging high on the library walls above the stacks. 

Walton-DeFuniak Library
All in all, it was a perfect day.  Here is a painting of Grayt Grounds I was excited about creating.  There are many more paintings to come from this day trip.

Copyright Mona Vivar, Monet's Grayton, 9 inches by 12 inches, acrylic on canvas
Coming to Ebay Sunday, June 8, 2014 at 6:00 p.m. PST at Mona Vivar Fine Art Paintings 

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