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.

Thursday, July 13, 2006

MOUNTAIN SKYLINE

Mrs. Trowbridge always looks forward to summer holidays in the high meadows with her family and friends. This year things were different. Mrs. T wasn't happy about Woodrow's new rock climbing pursuits, but she followed him with her sketch pad nevertheless. The majestic Olympic skyline looms in the distance.

Woodrow was having the time of his life swinging from boulders. Here Mrs. T captures him practicing his rappelling techniques. Some of the best times for residents of Huckleberry Hollow are their summer treks to the high meadows.

35 comments:

carla said...

Hurray! Another installment! Mrs. T should be happy that Woodrow hasn't decided to get a motorcycle. I love how peacful he looks atop the boulder...what a great view he has:>

Franfou said...

your teddy is just fantastic. Im close to start doing watercolor, I think you work very good your waterpaint !

JO said...

Lovely view of the Olympic skyline. Charming as always.

claudine hellmuth said...

you have wonderful work!!

Sweet Pea said...

Aww! So sweet and such lovely stories :)

Natura said...

Ohhh, this is so beuatiful!

Digital Scott's illustrationblog said...

Everything has such a nice feel to it! You don't just illustrate, you create neat little worlds to enter in to!

Geninne said...

Yay!!!! My Trowbridge Chronicles fix is here!!...
My oh my, Woodrow sure looks handsome in his new mountaineer's outfit! Isn't he the cutest thing????
Oh Bron, your illos are pure loveliness.
Thank you for sharing them with us. They sure brighten anyone's day :-)

michael dailey said...

wonderful stuff like his rappelling off the mountain then sittin on top after a hard trek up it great view.

Edric Hsu said...

I simply cannot take my eyes off your wonderful illustrations and your beautiful journal style! Can't wait to explore more on your site! :D

Loni said...

These are fantastic! Your art on this blog and your website are very inspiring. Thank you for coming to my blog and leaving such a nice comment.

cristosova said...

Immediately the top drawing of Woodrow gets me a yearning to sit on top of the world and just look into the wide, wide sky.

Its interesting to see the pencil sketch, fits the rough surface of the rock!

Steve said...

Oh wow, what beautiful work. I wish I was able to create something as wonderful as this. Looking at these two pieces makes me want to know more about the character.
I love it.

constance said...

I love this! I love the antique look of your pieces, your handwriting, lines....basically everything!

flossy-p said...

Weeeeeee, your work is always so beautiful. I just love the vintage feel to them, and of course Woodrow's cute little stick-like legs.

denise said...

oh, how lovely. You have a beautiful style.

Sherry Rogers said...

So Glad You're Back! Missed the series. . .you know this really should be synidicated! Have you e-mailed any editors the link?

Gabrielle said...

Oh no! Woodrow looks so small and vulnerable up there. I'd be having kittens if I were in Mrs T's shoes too.

CATRAVEN said...

I am so truly amazed by the sweetness and beauty of this illustration! What a lovely world this is that you have created and I look forward every week to the stories! It is a wish come true, a great favorite book that never ends!

Mattias said...

Very sweet

Lu*** said...

Wonderful and nice drawing!
Un saludo

Bron Smith said...

You've really found your niche. You think and draw and draw and think very well. A very ambitious illustration.

ValGalArt said...

Mrs. T's love for her beloved is so touching and sweet and I'm so tickled to be let into this intimate and tender moment!!!

Ginger*:)* said...

You just have to believe that Woodrow knows exactly what he is doing! I would be cautious, however since his feet are rather long. He must be careful not to get one caught in his rapelling ropes or worse yet...between two rocks. The high meadows he is climbing are enchanting. Your preliminary sketches are just as inviting as your watercolors!

Jana Bouc said...

You are a genius and I'm so delighted to have found you (well actually you found me and left crumbs so I could find you). You have created an entire beautiful little world and peopled it with charming characters. I'm looking forward to coming back again and seeing and reading all the stories. I've added you to the links on my page so I can get there easily. May I ask if you do all your work digitally? It looks so hand drawn but I'm guessing it's digital and would be very interested to know.

aynaku said...

your graphic style is really unique...I enjoy the humour behind the story...(the b/w drawing reminds me chinese ink paintings,that i love!)

Toni said...

Another wonderful installment of Mrs T. Woodrow looks grand sitting upon the bolder witht eh skyline in the background.

I'm late checking in but so glad i did.

Princess Pepper Cloud said...

Such detail, I love both of the illustrations. Woodrow looks so confident, not a care in the world. ... and yes, his new mountain climbing outfit is very outdoorsy, especially the bandana!

ilustricia said...

Lovely! Fantastic style and characters... Me gusta mucho :)

Alina Chau said...

beautiful lovely illustrations!! Charming character!

Pickledog said...

The high meadows do look like a lovely place to vacation, and does Woodrow look like a proper climber in his outfit. I hope his hobby hasn't caused Mrs. T too much worry Woodrow seems to be quite a strong mountaineer.

Very lovely illos.

AscenderRisesAbove said...

oh - a very sweet photo!

Wee Cottage said...

Yeah, I love it when you update the story...lovely illustrations as always.

Christine Lim Simpson said...

That's what my husband would call "life"! Glad to see you Bron! And Mrs T! Good day.

tiffinix said...

Both of these are adorable!! I love the colors and the huge cloud! Wonderful Bron - so nice to see you on the illios!!