Monday, April 2, 2018

Announcement and a New Challenge 72 - Pear on a Branch

Thank you so much for your continued support and patience, especially during the last few months, when on the surface it seemed as if I have disappeared.

Nothing could be further from the truth. 

Instead I was working harder on our PADT community than ever before, and I decided to invest all the time I could find in something new and exciting for our PADT community.

During the last 8 years, I have been personally posting each painting or drawing you kindly provided and made sure I timely respond to each email or inquiry. And I enjoyed every moment of it.

As our community grew bigger, I started to realize that we had come to the limits of what the blogspot technology allowed. I started feeling that  PADT needs a new home which would allow us to freely grow and be the best our community could possibly be.

Impressed and driven by your incredible encouragement and support, I partnered with a few "smart IT people" and I am so excited to share with you what we came up with.


Announcement !!!

**** A new blog web site for our PADT community and challenges, where each artist would be able to post his own picture as a response to the challenge. And everybody would be able to comment and reply to all posts and challenges, the same way as we did it before. There is so much more we can and would do in our new home, which technically we were not able in the old one. And this is only a start.

**** In addition to that I have started a YouTube channel, in which I would post the new challenge (every six weeks) and also demonstrate how I did it. Hopefully this will help everybody, and be more fun to watch and follow.


Could you PLEASE HELP in making sure we have a smooth and painless transition from our current blog to our new web site?


You will receive a confirmation email right away, and will be asked to click on the link in the email and confirm that you are really the owner of the used email address.

That way your account is becoming active and you can use it right away to post your pictures.

If you have any problem registering please send a message to email address and explain the issue. We will do our best to help.
  •   For the period of three months, for already existing PADT members, I would manually maintain the old blog and make sure both old and new are in sync.
  •  Then starting From November 2018, our new web site will be the only channel to post and communicate among PADT community members.
  • The current blog will not be deleted - all your existing posts and comments on the current blog will continue to be preserved even after we switch over to the new website.
Personally, THANK YOU SO MUCH for your tremendous support during all those years, and thank you  in advance for your help in having a smooth transition to our new PADT home.


 About the challenge

The image for this challenge will also be posted on our blog website.

Everybody is invited to join in as a free PADT member. Everybody is invited to paint or draw the challenge, and post the image of the finished artwork within the next 6 weeks. And everybody is invited to comment on the posts or comments from other PADT members, and simply have fun and enjoy having a nice, uplifting and encouraging conversation.

I would really love to see us artists talking to each other, learning, growing, and having fun together.

And hopefully our new website will grow and be the PADT artists' ambassador, promoter and a great friend.

I also made a short YouTube video supporting this challenge, including a short preview of how I did it. I hope you like it. The link can be found below.

In this composition, since the light source is at the top left, all shadows are positioned on the opposite side from the light source. In this case on the right side from the object. Please observe and pay attention to those shadows, they will be your best friend in creating a convincing image, where objects are related to each other, and together they sing the same voice, and tell the same story.

To participate in this challenge, please join in to blog website and create a new post as a response to the current challenge, the latest by June 13, 2018. After that we will be having a new challenge.

Happy drawing and painting!

Saturday, March 24, 2018

A short update...

Hi friends

I have not had a chance to post a new challenge in the last few months. I really apologize for suddenly having to take this break. I realize that I should have at least posted an update for everyone.

Unfortunately, for the last few months I had to take a sudden break from PADT. I needed to get done some work around the house urgently,  and together with my job, it took away all my time. PADT has brought me in contact with some of the best and nicest people like you and I will definitely continue it with all my heart. It's the one thing closest to my heart. I hope to come back very very soon to start new challenges.
With warm regards

Nancie Johnson

Artist: Nancie Johnson
Size: 8 x 10
Medium & Support: Acrylic on canvas
Artist Blog:
Artist Website:

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Marie-Claude Sauze - The Boldt Castel

The Boldt Castel
Marie-Claude Sauze
Aquarelle, 20 x 30 cm, papier Centenaire

Patricia Wischlen

Artiste: Patricia Wischlen
Titre: Boldt castle
Médium et support: Acrylique sur papier
Taille: 40x 50 cm


Artist : Philippe
Size : 29 x 22 cm
Médium & support: watercolor on Canson 300g paper

Sunday, December 3, 2017

Solange Turcotte - BoldtCastle Entrance Tower

Size: 9" x 12" app.
Medium: Pastel, PanPastel, black ink
Paper: Koh-I-Noor pop Sketch Sketchbook
Subject: BoldtCastle Entrance Tower
Artist: Solange Turcotte

René TOURNEL - "Castel Boltd"


watercolor paper 24x32 

watercolor 20gr

wet method and semi-wet 

Saturday, November 25, 2017

Shirley Bond

Shirley Bond
Boldt Castle in the St Lawrence River
Watercolor 10 x 7

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Valérie M. - "Boldt Castle"

Title: Boldt Castle
Artist: Valérie M. 
Size: 24x32 cm
Medium & Support: Watercolor on Fontenay hot pressed cotton paper
Artist’s Gallery on Flickr :

Látó Éva - "Boldt Castle - Entrance Tower"

Title: Boldt Castle - Entrance Tower
Artist: Látó  Éva
Size: 15x24 cm
Media & Support: Fabriano 200 Watercolor Paper
Creative Website:
Painting technique: watercolor

Monday, November 13, 2017

Penny Stewart

  • Artist: Penny Stewart
  • Size: 12x12 inches
  • Medium & Support: Canvas
  • Artist Blog:
  • Artist Website:
  • Painting Technique : Mixed media acrylic and ink
  • Monday, October 30, 2017

    Challenge 71 - Boldt Castle Entrance Tower on Heart Island in the Saint Lawrence River

    About the photo reference

    At the boundary between Canada and US, along the St Lawrence river there are more than 1000 islands. Some are as small as a few rocks together and some big enough to have an entire castle built on it.

    On the US side, there is an island called Hart Island, where the Boldt castle was built by a husband for his wife who unfortunately did not live long enough to see it. Nowadays it is a tourist attraction,  in the process of being restored and finished.

    The photo above shows one of the entrance towers at the edge of the island. I love the architecture and old aged stone bricks against blue sky and blue running water. I hope you would enjoy painting and drawing it.

    Please send your drawings and paintings before Dec 10, 2017. The next challenge will be posted on Dec 11.

    Have a great day, and happy painting and drawing.

    Wednesday, October 25, 2017

    Marie Annick Séré - "White Butterfly on flowers garlic"

    Marie Annick Séré

     acrylic on paper on canvas 30x30  


    watercolor on humude for the background and for the semi butterfly on watercolor paper 200gr format 24x32

    Tuesday, October 24, 2017

    Viviane MASSÉ

    Watercolor on paper 300 g
    Viviane MASSÉ

    Shirley Bond

    Artist: Shirley Bond, watercolor 6.5" x 9"

    Wednesday, October 18, 2017

    Solange Turcotte

    Solange Turcotte
    10” x 10”
    Canvas Board

    Agnès Bouzerait - "Butterfly on finger"

    Butterfly on finger, by ALB
    Pastel on pastelmat, 18 x 24 cm

    Látó Éva/Hungary - "Interesting butterfly"

    Address: Interesting butterfly
    Artist: Látó Éva/Hungary
    Size: 15x20 cm
    Medium & Support: watercolor / 200 gm Fabriano paper
    Painting Technique: watercolor

    Monday, October 9, 2017

    Angelique de Vries

    Artist: Angelique de Vries
    Size: ca. 21x25 cm
    Medium & Support: Colored Pencils and Fineliner 0,05 in an old Coral Book
    Artist Blog:
    Technique: Enjoying!

    Patricia Wischlen - "Papillon"

    Titre: "Papillon"
    Artiste: Patricia Wischlen
    Taille: 30 x 40 cm
    Médium et support: acrylique sur papier

    Valérie M. - "papillon"

    Title: papillon 
    Artist: Valérie M. 
    Size: 24x32 cm
    Medium & Support: Watercolor on Fontenay hot pressed cotton paper
    Artist’s Gallery on Flickr :

    Friday, September 22, 2017

    Penny Lee StewArt

    Artist: Penny Lee StewArt
    Size: 2.5 x 3.5 inches ACEO size
    Medium & Support: Watercolor Paper 140#
    Artist Blog:
    Artist Website:
    Painting Technique: Illustration watercolor, pen and ink
    Title: Butterfly at Rest

    Sunday, September 10, 2017

    Challenge 70 - Butterfly

    About the composition

    This picture was taken in the Butterfly Conservatory in the Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada.
    There are thousands of breathtaking butterflies all around the conservatory. They move very fast, and it was a real challenge to capture a good, clear and in focus photograph.

    Please use this butterfly and incorporate it into your own composition. Still life, outdoor settings, landscape, anything that speaks to you.

    Please send your drawings and paintings before Oct 22, 2017. The next challenge will be posted on Oct 23.

    Happy painting and drawing!

    Sunday, August 27, 2017

    Látó Éva/Hungary

    Address:Rolling Countryside
    Artist: Látó Éva/Hungary
    Size: 24x32 cm
    Medium & Support: watercolor / 200 gm Fabriano paper
    Painting Technique: watercolor

    Saturday, August 19, 2017

    Shirley Bond

    Shirley Bond
    acrylic on canvas
    9"x 12"

    Debbie Later

    Debbie Later
    Watercolor and watercolor pencil
    140 lb paper
    5"x 6"

    Saturday, July 29, 2017

    Jean-Michel Gruet

    Jean-Michel Gruet
    Aquarelle 24x36 200 gr.

    Penny Lee StewArt

    Title - Serbia Landscape
    Artist - Penny Stewart
    Medium & Support - Acrylic on 140 lb. watercolor paper
    Size - 9 x 12 inches

    Saturday, July 22, 2017

    Campagne Serbe by Valérie M.

    • Title: Campagne Serbe
    • Artist: Valérie M.
    • Size: 30x40cm
    • Medium & Support: Watercolor on mix media paper
    • Artists Gallery on Flickr :

    Wednesday, July 12, 2017

    Challenge 69 - Rolling Countryside

    Thank you very much for your lovely paintings and drawings for our previous challenge.
    Many panting and drawing demonstrate long working hours and true dedication for excellence, so common among all PADT artists.

    I am sure our visitors had a great pleasure enjoying a wonderful display of your original and creative art.

    About the composition

    Our challenge this time is a small village in Serbia, surrounded by vast countryside and huge, mature rolling  hills. I certainly cannot be objective, when I say that this is the most beautiful place in the entire world. I was born there. And I did spend the most entertaining years of my childhood climbing tall trees and driving my grandma crazy hiding among the branches 20 miters above the ground.

    It did have its own advantages. At such height I was able to clearly see my parents coming home much in advance, and promptly get down to the ground before they enter the gate, pretending that I have always been on a solid ground. I was only 5.

    The true reason I chose this picture is that it shows a very nice display of aerial prospective. From the closest fields bathing in golden yellow-green fields to the most far away mountains vanishing into much lighter blue and purple tones. Please try to portray this slow gradation from warm a darker close by areas to the much lighter and bluer far away areas.

    Please send your drawings and paintings before Aug 27, 2017. The next challenge will be posted on Aug 28.

    Happy painting and drawing!

    Tuesday, July 4, 2017

    Angelique de Vries

    Louise Primeau - Miss Daisy

    Artist:  Louise Primeau
    Size: 9 X 12 inches
    Medium and support:  Acrylics (cat) and Intense pencils (background) in Strathmore Mixed Media Visual Journal
    Artist Blog: Louise’s ARTiculations
    Artist Website:
    Painting Technique:  Whimsical realism

    Saturday, July 1, 2017