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.

Monday, July 27, 2009


Mrs. Trowbridge spent much of her idle time crafting clever stories and limericks for her children and grandchildren. Little did she know that her stories would be read not just in the rain forest, but around the world. Click on "blog archive" on the left to see previous episodes.

This past weekend we returned to Huckleberry Hollow country once again. We stayed on the shores of Lake Quinault in the Quinault Rain Forest, near where Mrs. T once lived. One of my favorite places on the planet is the Lake Quinault Lodge on Lake Quinault. I spent part of my weekend writing and drawing in the lovely main room with it's big fireplace (see lodge web site). Before motels, there were lodges, and Lake Quinault Lodge is one of the grandest of them all.

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Friday, July 10, 2009


This week Mrs. Trowbridge's little shrew character finds himself in the subalpine meadows above Huckleberry Hollow in pursuit of the elusive rolling egg. The first two pages of the story can be found in the archive to your left.

Next week our son, Brad, and I will be returning to Mrs. Trowbridge's rain forest. This year we may explore the Skokomish River, hiking as far up the river as time will allow. When we return I'll report the results of our explorations on Twitter:

The rhododendrons in the background of my Twitter page are a close up detail from my latest watercolor. It took 94 hours over the span of a year to complete the painting on a full sheet of watercolor paper. If you would like information on my next Painting in Paradise watercolor workshop, check out my Painting in Paradise site: