by Danny Garrett
Here we see the Wizard in his cave. In and of itself this is a classic image of one-point perspective; we see the depth of the image as the cave recedes into the distance.
The cave’s walls are made of an indeterminate substance although the group of stalagmites behind the books on his desk suggest that the substance just may be limestone. Here the Wizard is seated at his desk contemplating something in one of his many tomes.
Lost in thought, he seems somewhat pensive. A couple of candles are about – a huge one sitting in a floor stand and a smaller one in a holder on his desk.
There is also a quill and ink pot on the desk and books abound, both on the desk and in a shelf carved into the cave’s surface.
This is a particularly interesting image as Letitia reveals her mastery at portraiture. His clothes are particularly detailed and really carry the ‘visual weight’ of the piece. The eyes are drawn straight to them and that is quite helpful compositionally, as I’m sure is what the artist had in mind. The deep blues and stars are rich, and the deeper red tunic underneath, upon which rests a medallion on a gold chain, draw the eye in even further. The detailed collar, trimmed in lace, crowns the piece.