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 #92 – The Barnacle Historic State Park

Before we visited Key Biscayne &  Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park, we stopped first at The Barnacle Historic State Park. This park features a historic old home and boathouse of one south Florida’s earliest pioneers Ralph Middleton Munroe. 

We arrived early, but the park wasn’t open yet. This gave us time to get some coffee and wander along the streets of old Coconut Grove – which is just outside the park’s entrance. Soon the gates opened and we walked down the long forested drive to the old home. The house is situated on a hill overlooking Biscayne Bay. I would have liked to have painted the boathouse with the bay and sailboats as a backdrop – but the sun was too bright in that direction.

I settled on a spot in the shade of the boathouse towards the view of the Barnacle with one of the iconic coconut palms in the foreground. After painting I peeked in some of the windows of the home and it is decorated just like it was in the old days. Overall a good glimpse at what life in south Florida was like back in the old days. For the wealthier anyways!

For more information about this park, visit their website

The Barnacle - 8x10

The Barnacle – 8×10″ oil on linen panel

2 comments on “Park #92 – The Barnacle Historic State Park

  1. marge drew
    August 12, 2015

    Your painting is BEAUTIFUL Sharon.  What a very interesting place.I truly envy you being able to go to these parks. Some look like placeswhere an artist could paint for weeks!  I am sorry that its been as hot as an oven for you.. and beyond humid  Margé

    • FlaScenics
      August 13, 2015

      Thank you Marge! This park was right in the middle of town, would surely be torn down and replaced with condos if a developer had his way! The heat has been rough this summer, can’t wait for fall!

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