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, June 30, 2012


We live in condominium complexes...ladybugs live in mushroom colonies on nurse logs. This is where the ladybugs  in Huckleberry Hollow prefer to live. Mrs.Trowbridge captured them with her skillful brush and scribing pen as they sang a forest chorus in five-part harmony. When I want to refresh my spirit, I just open Mrs. T's journal and revisit her charming journal pages.

Visit my other blog at and see my new children's book, Monster Safari, in progress. You'll also find my Day in the Life feature, which describes by word and picture my unique working methods.

Friday, June 22, 2012


Mrs. Trowbridge devoted a lot of space in her journal to explaining and sketching everyday life in Huckleberry Hollow. This is one that I selected to show how the creatures in Huckleberry Hollow led such a simple life. Maybe there's a lesson here for the rest of us. 

Check out my other blog: Bron Smith's Flights of Fantasy There you'll see the Little Beasties that I'm drawing  for my new kids book. Enjoy!

Saturday, June 02, 2012


Mrs. Trowbridge is a hopeless romantic...never in a hurry, always savoring the moment. In this week's page Woodrow has made an alder chair just for the two lovebirds...or shrews, I should say. It makes a wonderful addition to their rain forest flower garden, don't you think?