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.

Sunday, March 04, 2007

THE WAR ROOM

Mrs. Trowbridge occasionally created her delicate renderings from a primitive form of colored pencil which she fashioned by combining colorful finely ground stones (which she found in Wild Rose Creek or at the seashore) with a waxy substance from some plant source in the rain forest. I am very familiar with the stones that she collected on her trips to the shore. I filled a bag with these stones of many colors on my last trip to Shi Shi Beach. My Shi Shi jar of stones decorates the sunny window sill in my studio. To bring out the brilliance of the colors of the stones, I filled the jar with water.

I have come to know Mrs. T's work well enough to recognize the different media that she used in her paintings. The rendering on the first journal page was definitely created with her colored pencils. She would sometimes use them when she traveled in the rain forest or into the high meadows because of their convenience.

As Shrew Khan and his regiment cling to life at the Giloh outpost, Keno is received by Emperor Nang in his palatial court. And now, we return to the Chronicles of Khan...


11 comments:

Sherry Rogers said...
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Sherry Rogers said...

The beetles and dip look yummy. Well maybe if you were a shrew they would look yummy.

Tiny little Keno is in trouble once again! How does someone so cute get into so much trouble?

I guess it's to late for him to run.

md said...

opps poor keno but that dip an beetles might be nice. oh and i hope there is a real place called shi shi beach cause otherwise in japanese it means piss beach not a place i think mrs. towbridge would visit. just thought i d let u know. i couldn't find an email i was sure was urs sorry

Alina Chau said...

Love your illustration story pages!! Always so delicated!

aynaku said...

hi, tnx for your comment. Actually I would also like to watch you
at work, maybe grinding finely colorful stones!
:)
I guess that Marco Polo's book is somehow inspiring your enchanting stories and illo as well...Once I tried to make use of it as a guide book and got lost!

Ginger*:)* said...

I certainly hope those sand patties are cooked safely to insure that all pathogens have been killed.

I will keep Keno in my thoughts this week, hopefully this is only a ruse by the emperor, if not, Poor Keno!

I love the colors you have chosen for the emperor...
He looks very regal in his silken robe and velvety hat.

Doug said...

Oh no... a cliff-hanger! Maybe next week's word will be motorcycle... for a fast get away...

Elmyra Duff said...

lovely character!

Michelle Lana said...

Great story and love the character!

studio lolo said...

Is that wasabi dip? Once again, Keno has me on the edge of my seat! Thanks for the great entertainment.

Paige Keiser said...

I do hope you consider getting these published! :0)