Letitia's dog at the time she drew Princess April Morning-Glory, whose name was also April!

Page 29 – had not gone far when they found (Artists & Illustrators’ perspective)

by Danny Garrett
Austin, Texas

One of my favorite illustrations in the book is this charming little came of a black and white puppy.

Letitia's dog at the time she drew Princess April Morning-Glory, whose name was also April!

Letitia’s dog at the time she drew Princess April Morning-Glory, whose name was also April!

I think this image is just charming and really sets a mood for doing 3 good deeds. I am also quite impressed with the way that Letitia framed the small portrait – in a semi-circle with a horizontal base and bordered in gold. It really sets it off. And the countenance on the puppy’s face really drives home its anguish. Beautiful little vignette.

The illuminations are quite eclectic on this page. And homey. ‘Princess’ gets its usual coronet, but ‘April’ is graced with a small flock of birds. But the real illuminations are the trinity of “home, sweet home” images – the house, the picket fence and the window.

Page 29 - "until they came to a white house with a yard"

The crowning touch for this illumination is the gate portal covered in roses. Right beneath it is a further illumination of a picket fence covered in what looks like morning glories and periwinkle, with a rose bush at its left end. Just beautiful, in and of itself.

The house itself is a charming pink cottage with trees as fluffy as clods surrounding it. The crowning touch for this illumination is the gate portal covered in roses. Right beneath it is a further illumination of a picket fence covered in what looks like morning glories and periwinkle, with a rose bush at its left end. Just beautiful, in and of itself. The window rounds out the three. Flanked by potted plants on the windowsill, the scarlet bow that contains the curtains looks for all the world like a resting butterfly.

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Danny Garrett

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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