A Digital Canvas

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While I’m no expert in Chinese art, I do love huge traditional paintings like this one that I saw at Diaoyutai State Guesthouse (釣魚台國賓館) in Beijing.

Look from a distance and you see a spectacular macro-scene (sorry about the picture) showing a perfect harmony between humanity and nature.

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Peer closer and closer and you see a myriad of micro-scenes unfolding – in this case of high-born ladies and their servants and ladies-in-waiting at leisure. The attention to detail is incredible, right down to the clothes the ladies are wearing and the expressions on their faces.

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The painting of course is static and thus captures a single moment in time. But what if it were to be digitized and its micro-scenes transformed into dynamic micro-stories or even mini-epics?

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Perhaps we would get to know what these two ladies are talking about as they amble along the terrace.

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Or perhaps we would learn why this lady is standing all alone at the pavilion entrance. Is she waiting for a friend or perhaps even a lover?

On a digital canvas, the possibilities are endless. The only limit is our imaginations.

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