Washington D.C. Experiences

We were recently in Washington D.C. and Virginia.  The weather was hot and humid, but it was still enjoyable. Washington D.C. is full of fabulous museums, history, monuments and wonderful restaurants.  If you go, I recommend these restaurants: Zytinya (Greek & Mediterranean) and The Sei Restaurant (Modern Asian Cuisine). All of their dishes are amazing and they have vegan options.  I also recommend visiting the United States Holocaust Museum . It is a reminder that we must always be vigilant in fighting anti-semitism and protecting minorities from discrimination and genocide.

My husband and I actually ran into Khizr and Ghazala Khan on a street corner while visiting Washington D.C.They are the Muslim Gold Star parents who spoke at the Democratic Convention. I recognized them and they were so gracious and warm. We thanked them for their sacrifice and for speaking out. They spent a few minutes talking to us about the election. Mr. Khan patted my husband on the shoulder when we said goodbye, and we wished them well.I will never forget this encounter.

Here are photos of some wonderful paintings in the collection at the National Gallery of Art, as well as other sights in D.C.



Van Gough Self Portrait

 (the only DaVinci painting in North America)

World War 2 Memorial

US. Holocaust Museum
Shoes belonging to Jews who were exterminated in concentration camps 

Library of Congress
Library of Congress

Lincoln Memorial (My favorite President)
U.S. Capitol

Rainbow in Virginia


Summer Exhibit

I am exhibiting my art at Sweetwaters on Liberty (604 East Liberty) with fellow AAWA member Jaye Harrer.  Our exhibit will be up through Ann Arbor Art Fair Week at the end of July and the month of August. Please stop in!

© Barbara Goodsitt

© Barbara Goodsitt

© Barbara Goodsitt


Drawing in Color: Landscapes and Metal

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My most recent classes of "Drawing in Color" covered rendering copper and drawing landscapes. Two very different approaches to drawing.  The copper pitcher is tightly rendered using a sequence of layering colors from dark to light, then burnishing.  The landscape is very loose. I used the side of my pencil to create the foliage on the tree. To create the sky, I shaved some true blue prismacolor and pressed the powder into the paper. I used an embossing stylus to create texture and lines for the grasses.  


Sunflowers in progress

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I am putting the finishing touches on my sunflowers. I will be working on the background and the vase a bit more. The unfinished look of the third flower appeals to me, and I think I will preserve it as is.



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Here is a new piece that is on my drawing board. I demonstrated drawing flowers for my class. Techniques discussed included using complementary colors in an underpainting, and blending with solvents.


2016 AAWA Board Art Show

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Looking forward to another art show at the Michigan Union this Spring!


Drawing in Color

Sharon at WCC with her art

We are nearing the end of our winter session of my class,"Drawing in Color" at Washtenaw Community College. This class is  a diverse group. Each person brings unique perspective, creativity and talent to their work.  Here is Sharon, who is enthusiastically exploring art. She produced this excellent whimsical portrait of her cat from a lesson on drawing fur and animals.  I had to capture a picture of Sharon and her artwork.


AAWA Spring Juried Show

My mixed media piece, String Theory, was juried into the Ann Arbor Women Artists Spring  Show.  This show has a large variety of work and will be on display through April 29th. Our Juror is Nora Venturelli who is a lecturer at the University of Michigan School of Art.

String Theory
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