u3a - Paint or Draw

Send in pictures of your original artwork on a monthly theme to feature in our online gallery. No prizes, just prestige!

  • Are you a dab hand with a paintbrush or pencil?
  • Do you want to develop your skills or are you simply interested in the world around you and how to capture it in a piece of artwork? 

We are running a monthly challenge to encourage people to paint or draw a piece of artwork, then take a photo of their work and submit their pictures via our online form. We are going to be posting a different theme each month and inviting U3A members to submit photos of their creations on that topic.

This is not a competition and it is not about your artistic ability  – what we want from you are interesting pictures, possibly different perspectives on everyday scenes or objects, anything which has inspired you to paint or draw. 

At the end of every month, we will choose and publish up to 15 photos of artwork on an online gallery for each theme to share the pictures with all of our members. Just upload your photo using the form below (you will receive an acknowledgement once submitted).

Please only submit one photo per person. Your photo of your artwork should also not include any people.

The theme "Trees" is now closed. Thank you to all those who submitted photos of their artwork on the theme of plants. This is just a selection of the fantastic pictures that were sent in. It was very difficult to choose as they were all brilliant and much appreciated.

The theme for this month is: "The Sea"

Deadline for submissions: 24th March

Submit your photos by clicking here

'Reflections' by Elizabeth Jackson of High Lane u3a

'Reflections' by Elizabeth Jackson of High Lane u3a

Loving the autumnal shades and the darkness as they are reflected in the water.

'Ancient Yew' by David Wrigley of Fleet u3a

'Ancient Yew' by David Wrigley of Fleet u3a

This ancient yew tree stands in the ruined cloisters of Muckross Abbey, County Kerry. When I saw it, it felt as though I had wandered into the pages of a story by Tolkien or CS Lewis. I admired the texture of the bark and the way it had survived for at least 500 years.

'Better times ahead' by Salim Quraishy of Harrow u3a

'Better times ahead' by Salim Quraishy of Harrow u3a

Sitting indoors with the lockdown, thinking of better times to come.

'Bluebell undergrowth' by Jillian Daniell of Marple & District u3a

'Bluebell undergrowth' by Jillian Daniell of Marple & District u3a

On one of my exercise walks last spring, I felt the local woods carpeted with bluebells looked so beautiful and uplifting, that I just had to take a photograph. I have tried to capture the atmosphere of that day in the woods by painting freely using watercolour and ink. Mixed media

'Passage' by Yvonne Paddy of Lymington u3a

'Passage' by Yvonne Paddy of Lymington u3a

This is my take on trees, I did this when I was on a boat trip on the Canal de MIDI. The shapes that the trees made against the sky really worked using pen and ink.

'Komorebi' by Chris Canham of Trust u3a

'Komorebi' by Chris Canham of Trust u3a

This was done from a picture taken in my local park. There was sunlight coming through the trees that cast a lovely light.

'Bridgewater Canal at Dusk' by Neil Collins of Hale & District u3a

'Bridgewater Canal at Dusk' by Neil Collins of Hale & District u3a

A friend took this photo on the Bridgewater Canal. I liked the photo so much I decided to paint a little section of it.

'Woodland scene' by Pam Wakefield of Marple & District u3a

'Woodland scene' by Pam Wakefield of Marple & District u3a

I was inspired to paint this woodland scene when I noticed the light shining through the trees in the small park near my home. It was in early autumn last year when the leaves were just changing colour.

'Tangled up' by Lesley Williams of Hale & District u3a

'Tangled up' by Lesley Williams of Hale & District u3a

I often walk down a local lane and sometimes wander off into an adjacent field. This tree took my eye with its tangle of grasses beneath.

'Evening Glow in the woods' by Natasha Etchells of Porthmadog u3a

'Evening Glow in the woods' by Natasha Etchells of Porthmadog u3a

I liked the evening sun in the woods, the light, the atmosphere. The photograph was taken during one of our walks.
I like using pastels because they are very versatile, flexible and vibrant. 

'Woodland Madder' by Lesley	Moss of Ashford, Wye & District u3a

'Woodland Madder' by Lesley Moss of Ashford, Wye & District u3a

Looking out of the window on a misty morning.

'Tree Shadows' by Liisa	Brown of Hartley, Wintney & District u3a

'Tree Shadows' by Liisa Brown of Hartley, Wintney & District u3a

I used my original acrylic painting of an old, red barn, as a background and drew the tree and some shadows over it by using a digital drawing tool.

'Deep Winter' by Jacqueline Dughan of Burton-on-Trent u3a

'Deep Winter' by Jacqueline Dughan of Burton-on-Trent u3a

The peace and stillness of this countryside scene in winter attracted me to produce this artwork, whilst sitting in my warm and cosy craft room during this terrible time trying to keep safe.

'Submerged' by Lindsey Bond of Cardiff u3a

'Submerged' by Lindsey Bond of Cardiff u3a

This is a charcoal sketch of a local scene. Sometimes after heavy rainfall, the water level rises above the banks of the lake, and trees growing near the edge look as if they are growing out of the water.

'Autumn Trees' by Sandra Foster of Belfast u3a

'Autumn Trees' by Sandra Foster of Belfast u3a

I love Autumn because of the wonderful colours that nature provides. Who doesn't enjoy walking through all those fallen leaves. I felt that this image represented the last hurrah before winter and the darker days arrived.


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