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.

Friday, February 22, 2008


I have received multiple offers from numerous individuals who invest in rare commodities to purchase the original Trowbridge Chronicles journal that I found in the Quinault Rain Forest several years ago. I declined them all. I fully intend to keep Mrs. Trowbridge's journal in my possession, and to share it with you, the readers of her journal.

This is another one of her tropical flower paintings. She spent many hours at the library in Huckleberry Hollow studying the flora, fauna and lore of her South Seas ancestors. This painting is a Bird of Paradise (Heliconia psittacorum). I am continually amazed by the mastery of the watercolor medium that Mrs. T displayed in her floral paintings.

Friday, February 08, 2008


As some of you know, Mrs. Trowbridge's mother taught her watercolor and scribing. I have sometimes wondered what her mother's paintings looked like. There is no record of any of her mother's work in her journal. It is sometimes difficult to choose which of Mrs. T's tropical flower paintings to choose from, for they are all so lovely, but this week I chose another hibiscus that she painted in honor of her South Seas ancestors.