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DANIEL MITSUI ~ ARTIST


DEAR FRIENDS, PATRONS & BENEFACTORS:

If you know me at all, you know that I do not like to use computers. I am willing to do so (obviously) but I find it very agitating. I also have the sort of obsessive personality that makes me susceptible to falling into the habit of using computers compulsively. I have been aware of this for most of my life, and try my best to use them in as limited and disciplined a way as possible.

From the time that I made my first sale of artwork over the Internet (in 2003, I think), I have operated in the same basic manner. I have an html web site that I write and code myself, and I have an e-mail address. Sometimes, I maintain a web log (whose content I usually prepare offline and post long in advance). I would have been content to keep it this way forever had it remained effective.

However, in 2016 I started to notice a decline in online sales, and suspected that the reason was basically technological. Fewer and fewer people were finding my artwork. So I am making some necessary changes. First, I have created accounts for my business on Facebook, Google+ and Pinterest. So many people depend on these to find things online that I cannot afford to remain absent from them. With a little help from a social media management platform (and a lot of help from my wife), I think that I will be able to use these without too much difficulty.

   


Second, I am planning to have my www.danielmitsui.com web site revised professionally. My biggest concern here is to make it easier to search and to navigate; as one patron pointed out to me recently, I have drawn so many pictures that it is hard to find anything specific.

I now have several big projects aside from my usual commissioned drawings: Millefleur Press, lectures, coloring books. Soon I plan to start selling patterned fabrics and jigsaw puzzles. I want to be sure that all of these are coherently presented online. I am preparing also for the translation of the web site and my lectures into Spanish, French and Portuguese. A few translators are working on this already (in exchange for artwork), and I am still seeking others.

Third, I am working on a better way to present and to solicit patronage for the Summula Pictoria, an ambitious project of Biblical illustration. Now that I have social media accounts to share my other work, I shall devote my web log exclusively to original writing that records my research and progress on the Summula Pictoria.

I am acutely aware that I am hastening to catch up to yesterday’s technology, which may already be losing relevance. I am also aware that the trend in using the Internet is toward mobile devices with small screens and toward more rapid engagement with content. That is really very bad for displaying intricately detailed artwork that is supposed to be looked at for a very long time. I deliberately make my drawings so that they cannot be reduced altogether to electronic images. And I like any way of reproducing them that encourages people to spend a long time looking closely (thus, coloring books and jigsaw puzzles).

I have no brilliant solution for these problems. I would welcome advice.



              Yours faithfully,

              Daniel Mitsui
              October 2017





OCTOBER AUCTION

I am offering for auction this month two hand-colored letterpress prints and two original drawings. I will sell these to whomever makes the highest bid on them by October 30th. The minimum bid is half the ordinary price. To place a bid, e-mail danielmitsuiartist@gmail.com.

unicorn_hunt   unicorn_hunt

Unicorn Hunt as an Allegory of the Incarnation
6 3/4" × 9 3/4"
Letterpresss print
Hand-colored in ink with gold & palladium leaf
Full description here
Ordinary price: $453
Starting auction price: $227


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Mark 10:1-12 & 1 Corinthians 11:23-29
12" × 8 1/2"
Letterpresss print
Hand-colored in ink with gold & palladium leaf
Full description here
Ordinary price: $529
Starting auction price: $265

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butterfly

Butterfly
11" × 8 1/2"
Original drawing: black ink on paper
Ordinary price: $1360
Starting auction price: $680


butterfly

Butterfly
5 1/2" × 4 1/8"
Original drawing: black ink on paper
Ordinary price: $370
Starting auction price: $185





NEW DRAWING: MARTYRDOM of ST. THOMAS MORE

thomas_more


St. Thomas More was an intellectual and statesman who served as Lord Chancellor of England under Henry VIII. He was beheaded in 1535 for refusing to take an oath of supremacy that declared the King to be the head of the English Church, without qualification. Here, I wanted to draw a parallel between St. Thomas More and two other martyrs: St. Thomas of Canterbury and St. John the Baptist. The drawing includes two inscriptions transliterated into the fictional Utopian alphabet.

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NEW DRAWING: ST. IGNATIUS of ANTIOCH

ignatius_antioch


St. Ignatius was a disciple of St. John the Apostle, a bishop of Antioch and a martyr under Trajan. While being tortured, he repeatedly called upon Jesus Christ, telling his tormentors that he could not stop invoking a name that was written upon his heart.

He was then thrown to savage beasts in the Roman arena; the emperor’s purpose was to see the saint devoured so that no relics of his body might remain. However, the two lions that leapt upon the saint would not bite or tear his flesh; he died rather by being smothered by their bodies. When his heart was later removed from his dead body, the name of Jesus Christ was indeed found written on it in gold letters.

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NEW DRAWING: DAVID, KING and PROPHET

david


I drew David, King and Prophet, playing his harp with a horn by his side. In an almond-shaped decorative frame are four hexagonal emblems that personify the classical elements. Between them are four green men representing the bodily humors. Here David is a symbol of music, itself a symbol of the harmony of the created world.

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NEW DRAWING: ST. FRANCIS of ASSISI

francis_assisi


This illustrates an incident early in the life of St. Francis of Assisi, described by Thomas of Celano:
When he had been led before the bishop, Francis neither delayed nor explained himself, but simply stripped off his clothes and threw them aside, giving them back to his father. He did not even keep his trousers, but stood there in front of everyone completely naked. The bishop, sensing his intention and admiring his constancy, rose and wrapped his arms around Francis, covering him with his own robe. He saw clearly that Francis was divinely inspired and that his action contained a mystery. Thus he became Francis’s helper, cherishing and comforting him.
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MORE ORIGINAL DRAWINGS for SALE

cor_iesu tien_chu paul peter
crucifixion window iesus anxiatus_est six_saints
jonah pater_ave_quicumque ecce_agnus tetramorphs_hoc_est_fathers_prophets
alma_redemptoris_mater resurrection_ascension andrew prefigurements
victor_exemplar tetragrammaton butterfly1 critters
olives maze





LETTERPRESS BROADSIDES from MILLEFLEUR PRESS

OUR LADY of WALSINGHAM RESURRECTION LAST JUDGMENT ECCE QUAM BONUM
ST. NICHOLAS ST. CECILIA THOMAS & ANSELM ST. BRENDAN
SHEPHERDS MASS for the DEAD SWEETPEA ST. JOSEPH
ST. ALBERT PATER NOSTER AND RISING CRUCIFIXION
UNICORN HUNT ST. CHRISTOPHER SACRED HEART





GICLÉE PRINTS

TREE of JESSE ST. GREGORY BENEDIXIT, FREGIT DEDITQUE ST. ADELAIDE
TRUE CROSS ST. AMBROSE ST. DAMIEN of MOLOKAI ST. BEDE
ST. HUGH SARAH ST. ELIZABETH TU ES SACERDOS
ST. GOBNAIT VENERATION DEACON CHRISTOPHER
SACRED HEART INFANT KING INK GARDEN WEDDING at CANA
DAVID GUNSTON CHI-RHO ICXC NIKA PERPETUAL HELP
HIGH PRIEST LAST SUPPER PRESENTATION PENTECOST
CRUCIFIXION BUTTERFLY WELFARE of CREATED THINGS TONSURE of ST. PETER
MAGI TRINITY BATTLE NATIVITY
ST. ELIZABETH CHRIST in MAJESTY ST. RAPHAEL ST. JOAN
IN THE BEGINNING CHRISTO GLORIA ST. COLUMBA SCARAB
ST. DROGO ST. CAJETAN ST. JULIANA VIRGIN & CHILD
ST. FIACRE ST. JULIAN VINE LEAVES UNICORN HUNT
TE IGITUR AVE MARIS STELLA PIUS XII BAPTISM
MEMENTO MORI OAKES of IUSTICE TREE FROG BUTTERFLY
VIRGIN & CHILD ST. PATRICK ANNUNCIATION NON NOBIS
PLUM BLOSSOMS ST. ALOYSIUS ST. LUCY ST. MICHAEL
DEUS LUX EST ST. ROBERT INFELIX EGO ZOE
ST. SILVESTER LEX HUMANA ST. PHILIP NERI AMA PARENS ANNA





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