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The words: Princess April Morning-Glory

Page 58 – and to this day (Artists & Illustrators)

by Danny Garrett
Austin, Texas

At the end all is well. Princess April Morning- Glory grew up overnight and spread the doctrine of doing good deeds throughout the world. What better ending to a fairy tale than this? Continue reading

Page 36: Hearts and Flowers - "The two end hearts are red, with the middle one golden, with a equally golden halo. This illuminates the lonely Princess, who '...was as kind as she was beautiful.'" ~ Danny Garrett, restoration artist

Page 36 – At last they came to rest (Artists and Illustrators)

by Danny Garrett
Austin, Texas

A beautiful illustration commands half of the page. It is an image of a lonely princess in a high tower that our wayfarers and the mended bird have come upon. Continue reading

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. Continue reading

Letitia's dog at the time she drew Princess April Morning-Glory, whose name was also April!

Page 29 – had not gone far when they found (Artists & Illustrators’ perspective)

by Danny Garrett
Austin, Texas

One of my favorite illustrations in the book is this charming little came of a black and white puppy.

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Page 27 – sprinkled with silver stars (Artists & Illustrators perspective)

by Danny Garrett
Austin, Texas

The narrative continues and with it the illuminations. Illumination-wise, this page is filled with stars – in four separate arenas all down the page. Continue reading

The first illumination is just spectacular. It is of a beautiful castle with stars all about and flowers around its base. It signatures “Fairyland” and with it downward spilling stars takes up more that ¼ the height of the page.

Page 23 – Please wake up wise, old owl… (Artists & Illustrators)

by Danny Garrett
Austin, Texas

As the narrative continues we are presented with a beautiful illustration. It is of Princess April with her constant blue companion, the butterfly, in a lovely wooded glen. Continue reading

Page 13 - cup

Page 13 – Fairy children went to school

by Kelley Smoot Garrett, Austin, Texas

This is a good point to talk about some of the “Old School” stylings that Letitia built into the very fabric of “Princess April Morning-Glory” as both a book, and a piece of installation artwork: the hand-lettered calligraphy in which every word of our story is written. Continue reading

Page 12 - Seeing Eye flag

Page 12 – to whisper among themselves

by Kelley Smoot Garrett, Austin, Texas

The character prominently introduced on this page in immediately recognized by all as the villain of our story, the wicked Fairy Misery. The image is immediately familiar, yet somehow different. Who could the portrait of this devilish Fairy Misery have been inspired by? Continue reading

As a teacher though, my favorites are the book and arithmetic slate.

Page 10 – And then Princess April would skip off to Fairy School (A&I perspective)

by Danny Garrett, Austin, Texas

This is a typical ‘body’ page in the narrative. When I was cleaning up the ink bleed-through on Letitia’s pages, these were the easiest of all to fix. Continue reading

The word - laughter - with a court jester laughing as the illumination

Page 8 – he touched the fairy baby with his magic wand

By Kelley Smoot Garrett, Hollywood, California

This second page completes the stage-setting that began with the first page, and Letitia illustrating what will become the main motif for Princess April Morning-Glory’s name. Continue reading

Once Upon a Time

Page 7 – Once Upon A Time…

By Kelley Smoot Garrett, Albuquerque, New Mexico

It’s the classic beginning to all fairy tales.

Using hand-lettering, much as monks would have done prior to Gutenberg’s revolutionary, moveable, typesets, Letitia similarly illustrated Princess April Morning-Glory. The principal technique she employed through-out her work, is that of illumination. It’s an ancient technique in manuscript transcription that Wikipedia describes as: Continue reading