We were too busy doing a variety of fabulous things for me to do as much drawing in St. Louis as I would have liked. In fact, I'm dreaming of a painting trip back for the Botanical Gardens and Tower Grove Park -- two lovely tracts of gardens created by the same benefactor. They both house multiple, charming 1870's era buildings and are beautifully maintained. I was lucky enough to dance my way through the Botanic Gardens after hours with the local contra dance group, and I've been dreaming of waltzing in herb gardens and fountains ever since.
We did get to another Cardinals game at Bush, and I got there early enough to draw the stadium before the game started. I also went to Tower Grove park the next morning and drew a gorgeous sycamore tree there that I had completely fallen in love with the day before. It seemed to call out for pencil instead of pen.
I also did a watercolor of the lily pond at Tower Grove (planted to replicate Victorian photos of the garden).
And we stopped for a little (more) Ted Drewes frozen custard on the way out of town, and I drew the funky old sign that had captivated me the first time we were there. This is a St. Louis institution that is well worth a stop for anyone passing through town.
Martha Kelly is an artist and illustrator who lives and works in Memphis, Tennessee.
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