Onono no Michikaze (小野 道風) 894 – 966 Three Brush Traces and Harunobu, Basho and Frog!
Egoyomi by Harunobu based on a mitate showing 10th century calligraphy expert Ono no Michikaze (小野道風) as a frog missing its aim several times before finally succeeding.
Ono Tofu was one of three famous caligulapher in the latter Heian period. When he tried to perfect his way of calligraphy and still couldn't find his style, and he suffered, he found a frog, trying to jump and failed many times. Then Tofu realized the importance of try and fail.
The woman in this painting was Tofu, in a figure of woman.
My friend PAYHO's interpretation
Lady admiring and encouraging that " struggling scholar wannabe " Ohhhh DARLING Don't Give Up, You Have The Talents and Literary Gifts ...... Keep Trying .... Is Perfectly Alright The Will To ATTEMPT --- again and again, in commendable I BELIEVE THAT YOU WILL BE SUCCESSFUL With Honest Faith and Encouragement ( # The Motivator and That Previous Frog In The Muddy Pond )
My friend Ryozo's explanation
Tofu (Michikaze) Ono est connu en tant que le fondateur de la calligraphie de style japonais.
Murasaki Sikibu, femme auteur, née après la mort ce calligraphe, l’a apprécié déjà.
Quand Tohu a pensé à abandonner la calligraphie, il a vu un grenouille chercher à attraper un saule pleureur.