The first illumination is just spectacular. It is of a beautiful castle with stars all about and flowers around its base. It signatures “Fairyland” and with it downward spilling stars takes up more that ¼ the height of the page.

Page 23 – Please wake up wise, old owl… (Artists & Illustrators)

by Danny Garrett
Austin, Texas

As the narrative continues we are presented with a beautiful illustration. It is of Princess April with her constant blue companion, the butterfly, in a lovely wooded glen.

The Owl, the Princess and the Blue Butterfly confer on the best route back to the Enchanted Forest

The Owl, the Princess and the Blue Butterfly confer on the best route back to the Enchanted Forest

She stands in a bit of a clearing with a towering tree supported by sturdy roots. In the branches of the tree stands the owl that she is addressing. The owl is turned toward the viewer and he must have heard the princesses plea as he opens ‘one sleepy eye’. The overall scene certainly gives you a sense of scale. Generally owls are quite diminutive birds, but in this scene it is Princess April who is the diminutive one – she is even smaller than the butterfly. This image is a beautiful example of Letitia’s gifted hand at water-coloring. The earth tones are just inviting and present a lovely bucolic scene.

The first illumination is just spectacular. It is of a beautiful castle with stars all about and flowers around its base. It signatures “Fairyland” and with it downward spilling stars takes up more that ¼ the height of the page.

The first illumination is just spectacular. It is of a beautiful castle with stars all about and flowers around its base. It signatures “Fairyland” and with it downward spilling stars takes up more that ¼ the height of the page.

As is typical of a page containing a major illustration, the illuminations are a bit sparse. Space alone usually dictates this approach – with such a large illustration there simply is little room left for both the calligraphy and illuminations. The first illumination is just spectacular. It is of a beautiful castle with stars all about and flowers around its base. It signatures “Fairyland” and with it downward spilling stars takes up more that ¼ the height of the page. The only other illumination on the page is our now very familiar coronet over “Princess”.

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About Danny Garrett

Danny Garrett, Digital Restoration Artist for "Princess April Morning-Glory" Danny Garrett is best known for his contributions to music ephemera of Austin, Texas, especially in its heady early days in the 1970s. His pen & ink poster portraiture advertising the latest shows were a must-have addition to any blues-lover who saw such greats as Muddy Waters, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Buddy Guy, and so many more at the legendary Antones nightclub.As computers came of age, Danny adapted and began working for digital game companies, later transitioning to teaching both traditional and digital art. While holding a tenured position at Auckland University of Technology in the Graphic Arts Dept., Danny developed digital techniques to restore Letitia’s artwork to its full glory, and render the previously unprintable pages, printable. Second only to Letitia, we would not finally be reading copies of Princess April Morning-Glory had Danny not graciously volunteered to take this project on.

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