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, July 08, 2007

ALOFT!

Since the last episode when the war balloons were introduced, many have inquired about the inventor of the shrew hot air balloon. He was briefly mentioned in a recent episode, but few details were given. Mrs. Trowbridge mentioned him frequently in her historical writings but unfortunately she never sketched him. His name was Ajith Gee. Mrs. T described him as a peculiar looking erudite individual with a squatty body and an especially long snout---"geeky" might best describe him in the modern vernacular.

The shrew hot air balloon was but one of his many inventions. He was a prolific innovator, notable in the ancient shrew world for creating numerous devices that became a part of the shrew culture during the Nang Dynasty, and up into the time of Mrs. T's writings. Perhaps in another episode we will discuss some of Gee's other noteworthy inventions.

So now our story takes to the sky...but where and how will it land? We shall see...


14 comments:

Ginger*:)* said...

If the balloon illustration wasn't sublime enough with all the details, the description of a sea of crimson jellyfish in an emerald sea creates a mood that is so tranquil...and then the threat of FIRE!!!! Oh my!

Doug said...

FIRE!? Gee... I hope they are wearing their asbestos underwear...

enigma said...

this illo is great!! the red of the ballons combined very nice with the BG and the worn-out paper. love it!!

Tina Vaziri said...

Love your little characters, it is all very well painted!

Michelle Lana said...

HI Bron...this is by far my favorite post of yours...love the colors on this one...very very nice!

kdhamel said...

I love it -"combat balloons"! Great illo - very cute characters as usual!

md said...

uhmm gas, sparks, hope they have chutes to go maybe they're paratroops also not just sky jockeys. guess we'll see next week.

ValGalArt said...

oh no! I'm scared and worried! How beautiful this sea of balloons Bron! I love this!!!

Janice said...

great colours.... even though I tend to be afraid of balloons...these are lovely to see.

imwithsully said...

This is my favorite too. I can't get enough of the colors!

scribblesk said...

Beautiful and gorgeous!

Twisselman said...

Always such beautiful detail (in both your illustration and writing)... right down to the knots in the ropes here. Very cool.

Christine Lim Simpson said...

I am back for a little inspiration. You haven't disappoint me. :)

studio lolo said...

What, fire??? No!! But the torch bearer has a big flame on his stick, so perhaps they can control that wayward spark.
Wonderful details here Bron. You never disappoint and always entertain!