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, April 21, 2012


This page from Mrs. Trowbridge's journal includes a touch of romance. I was a bit surprised when I first read it. Shrews and pink nighties? Somehow I just can't put the two together. But I'm not a shrew, so what do I know?

Mrs. T liked to paint flowers on the vases in her cottage. Painting flowers seemed to send her into great heights of joy. I put this page under my magnifying glass and identified the flower on the night stand pitcher as an orange honeysuckle. That's a monkey flower on the large vase behind the bed. I wish you could better see the small details.

She usually did a tight pencil drawing, then painted a watercolor wash on top of it. But sometimes she would let her pencil drawing stand alone, as you see in the drawing of her bedroom above.

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Cindy D. said...

I'm not sure Mrs. Trowbridge intended for strangers to read this page, so I'm feeling a little guilty. The drawing is really beautiful, particularly the detailed, tidy bedroom.

Creations By Mit said...

Such a quaint & cozy little room!!! My hamster would appreciate that "Nest Sweet Nest" picture...if she could read.... Looking forward, as always, to the next installation of the Trowbridge Chronicles!

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