Danny Garrett Austin, Texas
Another full page plate – this time of a young boy, sick in bed.
Our heroine and her constant companion, the blue butterfly, along with their new found friend, the puppy contemplate the ill child from the perch of a windowsill. The boy is obviously unhappy, as his flowing tears testify. With the puppy in the picture, we once more get a sense of scale relative to April; she is quite tiny.
The composition of this image is quite interesting. It is all laid out in a flat and quite regular fashion. It is completely symmetrical, save for the positioning of the visitors to the sick boy’s window. Other that that all is equal and symmetrical relative to the positioning, if not the values, of the objects within the piece.
The pictures on the wall are that way, as well as the bushes outside the window. Even the little boy seems to be in a balanced reclining position in bed. The visual weight here, however, is the white and squarish layout of the shutters, curtains, bedding and windowsill. Taken together this vast neutral space really dominates the scene. It does so in perfect service to the intended feel of the image.