Upcoming Classes - Drawing in Color

Student with art  (pastel and colored pencil)

I will begin teaching a new session of Drawing in Color at Washtenaw Community College - Community Enrichment, Starting on Tuesday, May 2, 2017 for 8 weeks, 6:15 PM- 8:45 PM
Using professional-grade colored pencils, water-soluble colored pencils, graphite, pastels and other media, we will explore color theory and its application. A combination of demonstration, one-on-one guidance and individual studio time will help improve your technique and stimulate creativity. Beginning students will have structured lessons. Advanced and continuing students will have one-on-one instruction & studio time. An optional class critique will be available. 


Thomas Hart Benton's Home & Studio

I had the opportunity to visit Thomas Hart Benton's home and studio in Kansas City.  His art has always appealed to me. It was interesting to see where and how he created his paintings.  A lot of preparation went into sketches and preparing sculptures to use as references while he painted.  I also learned that he could be a crusty (or grumpy) man.  This was disappointing, but I will separate my love of his art, from my feelings about his personality.


My Artist's Profile

I was going through my files and found this. Ann Kullberg has a great website targeting colored pencil artists.  She publishes books and magazines, and is an author of some fabulous instructional  colored pencil portrait books.  Several years ago she featured me in her magazine. Here is the article...

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Mixed Media - Whimsical Abstract Landscape

This is a mixed media experiment, and still a work in progress.  
I used Caran D'ache NeoColor II(water-soluble wax pastels), colored pencils, and stitching on 11" x 14 " Stonehenge Paper.  I have been working on abstracted landscapes and this piece incorporates various media.  I am enjoying this creative exercise, and will be applying more stitching as time goes on.


AAWA Winter/Spring Juried Show

Two of my pieces were accepted in the upcoming AAWA Juried show held at the Ypsilanti Library.  They will be on exhibit from February 11th through March 29th.

The Juror for this show is Denise Lisiecki, who is the Director of the Art School at the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts. She teaches painting and is represented by galleries in many regions of the US. Her work can be found in over 50 museums and corporate collections. She has received creative artists grants from the Michigan Council for the Arts and the National Endowment of the Arts.

Floral Fireworks © Barbara Goodsitt
Three Sunflowers © Barbara Goodsitt


More Artwork from Drawing In Color at WCC (Washtenaw Community College - Community Enrichment)

Here are more photos of work from the artists who took my class, "Drawing In Color" at WCC. There are many talented artists here.  I hope you enjoy looking at their inspiring work. To find out about my upcoming classes, go to my website.

Travis working on a new portrait 
Another view of Travis' portrait
Cynthia's landscape

Barbara's florals

Nancy's still life

Karen's bird (Indigo Bunting)

Janice's fall leaves

Mira's still life

Carolyn's Australian landscape (Uluru)

Jerry's bird (Indigo Bunting)
Dorothy's landscape of rocks

Barbara's fall leaves



Student artwork

We are well into the fall session of drawing in color. I have 19 people in my class and enjoy working with each student as they explore their interest in drawing.  One of my students, Travis Erby, has been juried into the Colored Pencil Society International Exhibition several times.  He won an award for Exceptional Merit this year at the 24th International Exhibition. His piece, "Blow Heart" is pictured below. I am also posting pictures of other talented students who are working on still life projects.

"Blow Heart"  by Travis Erby
colored pencil on black paper




Plein Air Painting

County Farm Park

Argo Park
I am sharing some pastel work done in a Plein Air Workshop led by artist  Nora Venturelli.  Nora is an accomplished artist and University of Michigan Lecturer.  Nora conducts workshops in the US and Italy.  Her demonstrations and critiques are spot on. She lives and breathes the art spirit.

Working "En plein air " is a French phrase meaning open (in full) air.  I was given a portable french easel a few years ago.  I have had wonderful experiences every time I venture outdoors to paint. It is kind of magical to create art in nature.  You can lose yourself in the beauty of the scenery that surrounds you. My painting is more loose when I work outside.  I have a lot of work ahead of me to improve my technique with pastels, and oil painting in the future.  I continue to love working with colored pencils in the studio, but I look forward to growing as an artist by working en plein air.