So it is time for another Gekko painting. This one is a very simple image, a hoe. With the butterfly above and the ripe ears of grain around the handle it is a delightful symbol of the richness of summer. The color palette is quite limited and the influences of the sumi-e tradition of ink painting and the Maruyama-Shijo school are quite evident. The seal shown below reads Miei, a slightly puzzling one as this term can be interpreted as "portrait of a noble being" and was the term used when describing traditional portraits of the deceased.