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. Peter Akers, a member of the paint or draw network, has shared his helpful tips on Starting out in pastels, Sandra Foster has some tips on Acrylics and David Wrigley, another member, has shared some thoughts on Watercolours. We will be extending this network of members so please do contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you would like to find out more. 

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). Follow the links at the bottom of the page to view previous galleries. 

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

The theme "Autumn" is now closed. Thank you to all those who submitted photos of their artwork on this theme. 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: "Landscapes"

Deadline for submissions: 10th November 2021

Submit your photos by clicking here

'Two parts' by Yvonne Paddy, Lymington u3a

'Two parts' by Yvonne Paddy, Lymington u3a

The left hand side is a collage of autumn leaves and the right hand side is me running in Autumn in the New Forest, Hampshire. I have used pen and water colour in both parts and textured paper as a base .

'Ancient Oak Trees' by Ormond Noonan, Richmond u3a

'Ancient Oak Trees' by Ormond Noonan, Richmond u3a

From my series, Ancient Oak trees of Richmond Park "AUTUMN" Oil on canvas.

'Stag' by Valerie Salveson, Camberley u3a

'Stag' by Valerie Salveson, Camberley u3a

This painting takes me back to the days when my grandfather used to take us to Richmond Park. I was always rather apprehensive of these beautiful animals. Especially in the Autumn Rut.

'Dunham Massey' by Joan Davis, Hale u3a

'Dunham Massey' by Joan Davis, Hale u3a

This is an oil painting of a walk I do at Dunham Massey, this is a special place for me as it’s a place I visit regularly and has helped keep me sane during these difficult times

'Hatton Lock Flight' by Fran Dutson, Kenilworth u3a

'Hatton Lock Flight' by Fran Dutson, Kenilworth u3a

We live near the Hatton Lock Flight, sometimes referred to as 'the stairway to heaven' and also travelled through its 21 locks quite regularly when we owned a narrowboat. We had various friends to help us over the years, assisted others through the flight as well as managing it as a couple alone. It brings back happy memories of these experiences hence wanting to paint it.

'Poem' by Brigitte Holland, Sandbach u3a

'Poem' by Brigitte Holland, Sandbach u3a

When I think of autumn, this poem, learnt at school years and years ago, always come to my mind!

'Derbyshire valleys' by Pam Cooke, High Lane u3a

'Derbyshire valleys' by Pam Cooke, High Lane u3a

This is a picture captured walking in the Derbyshire valleys - I feel it so invokes the feeling of John Keats ode "To Autumn" season of mists.

'Scotland' by Graham Slater, Thetford u3a

'Scotland' by Graham Slater, Thetford u3a

Beautiful autumn colours in Scotland whilst we were touring around.

'Sheffield Park' by Hannah Muskett, Diss u3a

'Sheffield Park' by Hannah Muskett, Diss u3a

This subject was taken from a photograph of the glorious autumn colour at Sheffield Park, East Sussex. I have made a number of very different paintings from it, and this one was painted by a swimming pool in Dubai in intense heat!

'Autumn leaves' by Mary Astbury-Saracchi, Wilmslow u3a

'Autumn leaves' by Mary Astbury-Saracchi, Wilmslow u3a

I love the Autumn colours.Being an October baby, they were probably the first things I saw from my pram.

'Mixed media landscape' by Laurie Hussain, banbury u3a

'Mixed media landscape' by Laurie Hussain, banbury u3a

Mixed media landscape using collaged gelli printed papers.

'Crisp, crunchy leaves' by Marie Evans, Epsom & Ewell u3a

'Crisp, crunchy leaves' by Marie Evans, Epsom & Ewell u3a

This watercolour painting evokes memories of Autumn walks through local woodland with crisp crunchy leaves underfoot….bliss!

'Autumnal pond reflections' by Wendy Brunt, Warrington u3a

'Autumnal pond reflections' by Wendy Brunt, Warrington u3a

Autumnal pond reflections. Impressionistic interpretation. The warm colours of autumn reflected in one of our local ponds.

'Autumn Woodland' by Ron Smith, Grimsby and Cleethorpes

'Autumn Woodland' by Ron Smith, Grimsby and Cleethorpes

 I've recently tried a few woodland scenes using watercolour. Most have been inspired by photographs but this one is purely from imagination.

'Leaf' by Lesley Williams, Hale u3a

'Leaf' by Lesley Williams, Hale u3a

Autumn has its benefits . . . a leaf picked at random in a park.


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