|artist unknown "New Year's Calligraphy" ca. 1880 private collection|
We can see this lady is painting an image of Mount Fuji. This may be related to the belief in Hatsuyume, the first dream of the New Year. It is believed that the best first dream of the New Year one can have is to dream of first, Mount Fuji, second, a hawk, and third, an eggplant. If you dream of one of these auspices you are assured that the year to come will be happy and prosperous for you.
Dear Women in the Act of Painting readers, even if you have not yet had a dream of Mount Fuji, a hawk, or an eggplant, I wish you a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year!