The text and paintings on The Trowbridge Chronicles are taken from the illustrated journal of Violet Trowbridge, a shrew that once lived in a village deep in the Olympic Rain Forest. Each new post will represent a portion of Mrs. Trowbridge’s journal.

Monday, February 27, 2006

TEA TIME AT THE BROOK

Mrs. Trowbridge was a true renaissance shrew. Not only was she a masterful scribe and artist, but she wrote delightful limericks too. It seems that her talent had no end! Melvin and Louise were two small creatures who lived in Huckleberry Hollow. Mrs. T wrote the poem because it was uncommon for creatures of different kinds to become romantic partners. Apparently the love between Melvin and Louise was the stuff that legends are made of, at least rain forest legends. Melvin is a Pacific tree Frog (Hyla regilla), native to the Olympic rain forest. Louise is a Trowbridge Shrew. The flowers are Magenta Paintbrush, an Olympic endemic, found only in the Olympic wilderness, and nowhere else on earth.

24 comments:

AscenderRisesAbove said...

What wonderful calligraphy and illustration.

Halloweenville said...

i love you illustrations....just amazing.

Doug said...

There once was an artist named Bron
Whose art was so elegantly drawn
He labored all night
by dim candlelight
and finished them just before dawn.

Roz Foster said...

You do such beautiful work. I visited your web site, as well, and find you're as prolific as you are talented!

Twisselman said...

Marvelous! Picnic basket flying over the little ladybug condos. Looks like they'll be enjoying tea time, too. Great artwork... especially like your background textures and muted colors under the calligraphy.

ratlion said...

'shy, cheesy look'...lol...like it!

HARDWAX said...

I love the limerick of Melvin and Louise, an eventful tea, and the gorgeous look of your illustration.

Toni said...

Everyweek I look forward to your posts. I love your magical world and Mrs Throwbridge.
Ahh afternoon tea with a frog and a shrew. Couldn't get any better.

Pink Glamour said...

great work!

cristosova said...

Now I am giving all my hope to a happy ending!

Bron Smith said...

A pinch of Robert Frost and a dash of Shel Silverstein, and what do you get? Socmo's daddy...Doug Jones. Read the poem that he wrote for Mrs. Trowbridge in these comments. Thanks, Doug. I appreciate it and Mrs. T would too.

creative kismet said...

The illustration poem are both so extremely delightful. A toad and a shrew seems like a match made in heaven to me!

CATRAVEN said...

I am in awe of your tremendous talents.The humor, prose, artwork (ie:movement, color, composition, subject and downright beautiful work!)I can't wait to see what comes out of your imagination for next week!

Angela said...

Such a wonderful story. I've never seen such a cute lil'shrew!

Minda said...

This is delightful! I hadn't thought about adding so much in the form of a story to the drawing, but it added so much to the "assignment." :)

Beautiful work!

Ginger*:)* said...

How could she resist? This is yet another one of your incredible, beautiful and delightful offerings. My compliments to Mrs. Trowbridge, I had no idea she could write limericks as well as paint treasured memories.

tiffinix said...

What a fantastic idea! I love it - I am so excited to follow the adventure! Your art is amazing and your decorative writing as well. Completely awesome.

Christine Lim Simpson said...

I love it! So whimsical and fanscinating about Mrs T.

The Tart said...

TRUE love 4 all! I am cheering for these 2... I hope she says, yes.
How utterly romatic... the sweetest proposal, every!

Hopeful kisses,
The Tart

Ps...BTW, I am hopelessy devoted to Robert Frost!
; )

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