Locust by artist Shelley Barnhill The Treebook Project

Locust by artist Shelley Barnhill The Treebook Project

Shelley Barnhill water color

studied art at Southwest Texas State University (now Texas State University).

The locust tree is in my garden on Alvamar Drive where I have a love/hate relationship with it. The thorns have pricked me when I work in the garden. Can you find the drop of blood on one of the thorns? The tree is a female tree and drops many, many beans every fall that have to be raked up. But the tree shades the garden and the house from the sun and I like to watch the tree trunk change gray to green with the weather.

Now living in Shelley BarnhillLawrence KS, she returns to painting after a thirty year pause to join her friend, Maureen Carroll, in this wonderful project of “the tree book.” Shelley chose to paint a close-up view of the sharp thorns of the locust as a contrast and counterpoint to the sensuous, smooth magnolia tree blossoms by Bobbie Powell.