"Amaryllis" by Janice Horne.

"Amaryllis" by Janice Horne.

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BANDON - Chinese brush paintings by local artist Janice Horne will be on display through Nov. 30 at the Bandon Library Art Gallery.

The subtle colors, delicate lines and spare composition of Chinese brush painting are very different from art made in the West. While traveling in China 30 years ago, Horne studied and practiced this ancient art, a discipline passed down through the generations by masters to new students.

Using their chi (one's own, intrinsic energy or life force) to guide them, students work to replicate the brush, composition and color techniques of the masters, until they are ready to create their own works, at which point they use these difficult and precise methods in original compositions.

Artistic satisfaction is derived from both the successful grasping and executing of the masters' work and from the ability to find one's own personal expression via the medium.

In this show, Horne displays both paintings that represent the work of the masters of the Lingman School of Art (of the Guangdong region), as well as her own, original paintings.

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