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.

Saturday, July 31, 2010


Among my favorite of Mrs. Trowbridge's paintings were her moonlit night scenes. The lighting effects that she created were so soft and natural, unlike some of today's hyped-up fantasy illustrations that display more artificial lighting effects.

In her notations, Mrs. T mentioned that their favorite table is the one just under the chimney pipe. Any of the tea shop windows provide a commanding view of Wild Rose Creek as it cascades through the village of Huckleberry Hollow.

Friday, July 16, 2010


Many of Mrs. Trowbridge's journal entries and richly detailed paintings were done in the early morning hours, before breakfast, often down by the stream. Then she would follow the pathway that led from her cottage into the village of Huckleberry Hollow. There she would meet with her friends for tea at the tea shop and bakery owned by her husband, Woodrow.

Her elaborately detailed journal entries left us with a rich legacy of life as it was among the little creatures of the rain forest over 200 years ago. When I first viewed the painting above I was reminded of the similarity of the root dwellers to our modern day apartment and condo dwellers.