Plate II: Page 6 – Frontispiece: The Finding of the Baby Princess (Artists’ and Illustrators’)

By Danny Garrett, Albuquerque, New Mexico

Bordered by the fine red line that frames not only the plates, but the narrative pages themselves, the first plate reveals itself. Here we see the Fairy Queen discovering the baby Princess April within a vibrant pink tulip. The dandelion, butterfly and ant immediately provide scale for the scene, with another tulip and various plants rounding out the scene. Everything is alive here.

Compositionally, the watercolor painting puts the two characters front and center for the first establishing scene. The Fairy Queen is radiant in her elaborate and flowing gown, her wings billowing just as the fabric in her dress billows. Gold sparkles in both the wings and the Queen’s gown. There are, as well, fine filigree ornamentation in the fabric and fine dragonfly veining in both the gown and wings.

Overall, this image sets up the narrative, which is to follow. It’s a magical vision of discovery in a miniature realm.

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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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