Page 31 Plate VI Detail - the puppy dog

Page 31 Plate VI – The Lost puppy and the sick boy (Artists and Illustrators perspective)

Danny Garrett  Austin, Texas

Another full page plate – this time of a young boy, sick in bed.

Plate VI Detail - Princess April assesses the situation from the window ledge

Plate VI Detail – Princess April assesses the situation from the window ledge

Plate VI Detail  - the blue butterfly

Plate VI Detail – the blue butterfly

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.

Letitia's portaiture for the sick boy was drawn from her memories of her young cousin Munroe, bedridden with tuberculosis in the mid 1910s.

Plate VI Detail – “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.” ~ Danny Garrett, restoration artist

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.

Page 31 Plate VI Detail - the puppy dog

Plate VI Detail – the puppy dog

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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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