I got this picture frame as a present from my family, but I also really like the image even though I don't know what it means. I tried to find its meaning with google translate, and other image based translators but with no luck. Upon further inspection, I found the website which this poster was made and the artist: Hu Chen. But unfortunately the website didn't help at all.

I know that the red mark is a seal, though, but I am still stuck.Can I have some help?

Picture frameand image of Chinese character

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    I don't see the painting on the website. Unless you can provide more information, only the seal (繞屋梅花三十樹) is interpretable, the calligraphy (啻泰) doesn't mean anything immediately apparent.
    – dROOOze
    Oct 11, 2021 at 22:50
  • Thank you so much! Solving the seal looked impossible. I really appreciate your help!
    – Noemi
    Oct 12, 2021 at 8:39

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The big characters look like 啻chì泰tài

啻 chì is a old word not common today I think.

泰 tài safe or peaceful calm also big (泰tài州zhōu is a city in Jiangsu province)

Together I don't know what they might mean.

As a guess, 啻 can mean 'remain, remainder'. (Jíyùn.zhìyùn is an 11th century dictionary)

啻: 余,剩下。《集韻•寘韻》:“啻,餘也。” 啻: remain, left over. <Jíyùn.zhìyùn>: "啻chì,remain"

啻泰:maybe: remain calm

As for the red scribble-de-gook, I will never be able to read that "seal script", but there are people here who can! Amazing!

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    “scribble-de-gook” interesting description 😹 as the old proverb said: “never say never”, you can read it, if you wish 😼 Oct 12, 2021 at 1:58
  • What about the seal?
    – joehua
    Oct 12, 2021 at 3:53
  • Thank you very much for taking your time for researching. Remain calm seams like a good text for a poster. Now I'm sure I'm going to keep the image in the frame.
    – Noemi
    Oct 12, 2021 at 9:02
  • If, and only if my guess is correct, maybe, in modern parlance, the artist is just saying "chill". And yes, the frame is ugly!
    – Pedroski
    Oct 12, 2021 at 23:49
  • Ok, I understand. Well it's a good thing it won't hang on your wall ;)
    – Noemi
    Oct 13, 2021 at 10:03

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