by Danny Garrett
This week’s page sees Princess April appears along with her coronet as does the blue butterfly with its iconic image.
‘Happy’ wears its illuminated cloak of red rays. Curiously though, the ‘tower’ is illuminated once more, but this time unfurling a red banner instead of a blue one, under which it appeared on the preceding page. Why is that? I think it is because that this time when the tower is mentioned, it is done in tandem with the concept of being locked in it.
The second paragraph is replete with new illuminations. And powerful ones. Two kings suddenly appear. The first is the uncle of the imprisoned princess, and he is illuminated with a coronet crown – big and golden.
The second is King Thunderdum and he gets the proper British regent version of a crown – the Imperial State Crown. Now, that’s a crown! ‘ Thunderdum’ also gets a powerful illumination, and the two together are more than impressive; not even mentioning the twin bells of ‘marry’ that precedes it.
‘Prince’ Chivalry receives his own crown, somewhere between the diadems of the kings. Very interesting visual semiotics when you think about it. The last illumination in this paragraph presents a little portrait of a ‘Purple Lake. This is just a sweet little image and shows off the richness of watercolor.
Yet another crown for the ‘Princess’ and quite different from the other. The semiotics continue. The last illuminations go together. Again we have the ‘marry’ bells that are, of course, a couple joined by a ribbon. Then there are the hearts of ‘true love’.
Again, a couple, but unjoined by a third element. The very essence of the power of love, true or no.