Page 33: the words "and laughed"

Page 33 – and licked his face and wagged his tail (Artists & Illustrators Perspective)

by Danny Garrett
Austin, Texas

As our Princess does her good deed for the sick boy, the story – and its illuminations continue.

Page 33: the words "and laughed"

Page 33: the words “and laughed”

The first illumination we encounter is not of a thing, but an action – the act of laughing. This particular image is of an elf, or other such diminutive creature, having a hearty belly laugh. Significantly, in this regard, we see the elfin face light up with laughter – even the eyes – while holding his belly. The next illumination, “happy” images a state of being, and does so with blue rays.

The second paragraph is a bit richer, with three illuminations instead of two. The puppy is revisited, only this time smaller,

Page 33: the word "puppy"

Page 33: the word “puppy”

but with a full image of the puppy. “Princess” is again crowned with a coronet, though “April” is unadorned. However, there is a beautiful illumination of a beautiful bird. Red, with a blue breast, it sits upon a flowering branch.

Page 33: the word "bird"

Page 33: the word “bird”

Though this is a generic bird, and not the one whose wing is ultimately mended, it evokes in me my favorite bird of central Texas – the painted bunting. In that particular bird, the color scheme is reversed, with red breast and blue wings – garnished with yellow epaulets on each. How I wish I could have seen a Letitia illumination of a painted bunting!

The last paragraph contains only one illumination, but it is a powerful one. It is an image of the Fairy School itself. Here we have a four-story cream colored mushroom, topped with a

"Fortunately, she knew just what to do as she had learned to fix broken wings in Fairy School."

“Fortunately, she knew just what to do as she had learned to fix broken wings in Fairy School.”

pink cap. Flowers grow all about and a flag, emblazoned with “Fairy School” tops it. Well, almost. There is the faithful blue butterfly atop the flag pole itself. And also a lovely fairy ‘student’ sitting atop the roof cap.

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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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