Honorable Mention Award

© Barbara Goodsitt
I want to thank Juror Bruce Winslow (former director of the Alden B. Dow Museum of Science and Art, Midland Center for the Arts)  selected my mixed media piece "Fair and Square" for Honorable Mention in the AAWA Fall Juried Exhibition.


Northville Art House: Small Works Juried All - Media Exhibition

I will be exhibiting several pieces of art in this show. 
Northville Art House is located at 
215 West Cady Street
Northvile Michigan


Michigan Colored Pencil 2017

Love Birds (left)   Three Sunflowers (right)
© Barbara Goodsitt

I have two pieces that were selected for a juried exhibit, Michigan Colored Pencil 2017, at the Padzieski Gallery in the Ford Community and Performing Arts Center in Dearborn, MI. The reception is Thursday, October 19 at 6 PM. The exhibit runs from Oct. 12 - Nov. 9. Both pieces are colored pencil and solvent. Love Birds was done on heavy acid free illustration board. Three Sunflowers was done on Stonehenge drawing paper

 I relish making art with vivid color.  Animals, flowers, landscapes, musical instruments, and food are my favorite subjects.  The process of creating and executing a piece is joyful and meditative.  Collectors who have my work  have  told me that looking at my work makes them happy.  That is a very rewarding thing to hear.


Online Art Show

Please check out this online Colored Pencil Society of America art show.  I am pleased to have 4 pieces included.

A Blog Award

I was recently notified that my blog had been included in the top 25 colored pencil blogs on the planet.  I am very honored to be included with such outstanding artists, and would like to Thank you Anuj Agarwal, founder of Feedspot.



Drawing in Color at Washtenaw Community College Starts September 5

Improve your drawing techniques and stimulate creativity.

Using professonal grade colored pencils, water-soluble color 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 to improve participant technique and stimulate creativity. An optional class critique will be available for learners who wish to participate.

This class runs for 8 weeks on Tuesday evenings from 6:15 - 8:45. 

You can register online at or call 734-677-5060.


Detroit Artists Market

I recently joined the Detroit Artists Market and I have some work in the upcoming 100 Bucks Show, where collectors can pick up nice art at a reasonable price.  This exhibit runs from July 28 through
 August 26th, 4719 Woodward Avenue, Detroit, MI.  Open Tuesdays thru Saturdays 11AM - 6 PM.

People can take their purchases home with them from this show instead of waiting until the end of the show. The work is hopefully start "disappearing" from the opening night on!


Upcoming Classes - Drawing in Color

UPDATE: This class is filled with a waiting list.  Thank you to all of my students!

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. 
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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