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.

Tuesday, October 17, 2006


Some of you may have seen the Trowbridge Chronicles featured on Drawn! last week. I was totally smitten by the response that it received. Mrs. Trowbridge would be delighted to know that she has lots of new fans resulting from the Drawn piece.

Some of Mrs. Trowbridge's journal pages were written to describe specific aspects of small creature culture. These pages were more instructional in nature, and were usually illustrated with her charcoal drawings. Here are two of those pages. The coast mole (Scapanus orarius) is one of two varieties of moles found in the Olympic rainforest. The other is the Townsend mole (Scapanus townsendii). I will share more with you from time to time.

Mrs. Trowbridge's charcoal sketch of the front entrance to the mole dwelling illustrates how carefully moles conceal their dwellings from potential predators. According to Mrs. T, they often choose steep grassy slopes near streams to build the entrance to their dwelling.

Of all the shops in Huckleberry Hollow that I would wish to visit, the ladybug home decor shop would be my first choice. The ladybug tattoo parlor would be a close second.


ValGalArt said...

what a delite Bron! Love these houses and I'm sure that I would love the Ladybug decor shop too!

scribblesk said...

Wow, I learn so much reading your blog - never realized ladybugs lived in those little mushrooms, or moles socialized with shrews! Really,fabulous greatness!

Ginger*:)* said...

It is no surprise that you would receive many wonderful comments on the Trowbridge Brigade. The illustrations and comments in Violet's journal are priceless.

HARDWAX said...

Congrats in being fearured in drawn Mrs.Trowbridge, very much deserved!
Thoroughly enjoyed reading about the mole and mice, educational as well as fun.
The ladybug houses are sturdy and kinda cozy looking, I bet the interiors decor is a treat for the eyes.
Enlightened and entertained always with Mrs.Trowbridge!

Princess Pepper Cloud said...

So cool, I checked out the Drawn article. I hope many more people discover the wonderful world of Mrs. Trowbridge. I love hearing about the critters, especially those frivolous ladybugs!

Bron Smith said...

Wow...your little characters adapt so well to plates. What a wonderful way to present them. You could try mass marketing them to gift shops. Sorry I've been out of the loop for a while. I've been in Oregon on business for almost a month. I tried doing Trowbridge from out of town, but it didn't work very well.