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.