Small is exceedingly beautiful

Pencil drawing – Amy Green

Pencil drawing – Amy Green

Yesterday we went to a private house for a small exhibition of drawings by Amy Green. Amy’s work has moved over the years from large paintings to the small drawings that are now her exclusive output (but who is to say when or if that will change again). The pencil work is exquisite and repays nose-to-paper examination, or even a magnifying glass.

My photographic skills are not up to this task, but here is a flavour of the work.


The way each drawing occupies a page with enough space and looseness, gives them a very calm quality.

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Pencil drawings – Amy Green

Pencil drawings – Amy Green

Amy is my daughter, but I safely say that my appreciation of her work is shared by many others.

There are lots of Amy Greens on the net, her work is at

jet-lagged from Chicago

I am planning a blog reassessment, but first I will put up some posts of various things on my mind.

Chicago has totally charmed me. We stayed on the North Side and all the streets were full of an explosion of spring into summer; narcissi, tulips, maples in leaf, cherry blossom, hostas everywhere. The sidewalks often have cultivated strips beside them, all individually designed by the house owners.

The number of theatres is quite astonishing. We saw three excellent productions in three different theatres (two directed by Elly Green), we listened to a (free) string/clarinet lunchtime concert in the beautiful Culture Centre. We saw a superb exhibition in the Museum of Contemporary Art – Destroy the Picture – the anger and innovation made visible in post WWII ‘paintings’. The Smart Museum of Art had an astonishing collection (and a foyer with people of all ages having a go at producing a Rothko painting).

The highlight was being caught and soaked by the high canon of water from the Buckingham fountain in Grant Park and then drying off within about 15 minutes in the sunlight and warm wind.


Our first and only baseball match (to date) saw The Cubs win. Altogether a visit of enormous entertainment and happiness.