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 "Animals" 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: "Holidays"

Deadline for submissions: 28th July

Submit your photos by clicking here

'Gentle Giants' by Sue Gibson, Whitwick & District u3a

'Gentle Giants' by Sue Gibson, Whitwick & District u3a

I was inspired by these gentle giants by a visit to South Africa. 

'Hide and then Pounce' by Liz Octigan, Stone Staffordshire u3a

'Hide and then Pounce' by Liz Octigan, Stone Staffordshire u3a

This cat was painted for a friend. I like the way cats hide and then pounce and hope this picture conveys such an image. It is in acrylic paint on a textured surface.

'Amaze' by Norma Nichol, Bexley u3a

'Amaze' by Norma Nichol, Bexley u3a

Zentangle is a form of “doodling”, creating images using structured patterns called “tangles”. It’s very relaxing ! This pictures uses just one tangle called “Amaze” .

'Daisy' by Elaine Cross, Thatcham, Berkshire u3a

'Daisy' by Elaine Cross, Thatcham, Berkshire u3a

This is a pastel portrait on velour paper of my Parson Russell Terrier called Daisy.

"Who’s that looking at me looking at you?” by Lesley Wiltshire, Gloucester u3a

These cows became very interested in my husband and me during last summer’s “lockdown walks”, which took us past them very often!

'Two little kittens' by Pamela Wakefield, Marple & District u3a

'Two little kittens' by Pamela Wakefield, Marple & District u3a

Oil on canvas, I painted this for a friend of mine.

'Brazil' by Valerie Salverson, Camberley u3a

'Brazil' by Valerie Salverson, Camberley u3a

We were supposed to be in Brazil right now, enjoying the wildlife of the OSA Peninsula. Obviously we had to cancel our trip so painting this beautiful animal reminds me of what we are missing.

'Orangutan' by Lindsey Bond, Cardiff u3a

'Orangutan' by Lindsey Bond, Cardiff u3a

This is a pastel sketch of a baby orangutan.

'Bright eyed and bushy tail' by Mary Moss, Meopham u3a

'Bright eyed and bushy tail' by Mary Moss, Meopham u3a

Bright eyed and bushy tail! Hare today......

'Bull elephant' by Elizabeth Jackson, High Lane u3a

'Bull elephant' by Elizabeth Jackson, High Lane u3a

A lone bull elephant seen on safari in Kenya painted in watercolours. I tried to capture its solitary state.

'Two Elephants' by Liisa Brown, Hartley Wintney u3a

'Two Elephants' by Liisa Brown, Hartley Wintney u3a

I used my earlier drawing of two elephants as a background, and then added the window frame and surrounding flowers by using a digital tool.

'Deer' by Brigitte Holland, Sandbach u3a

'Deer' by Brigitte Holland, Sandbach u3a

I was inspired to paint this by a recent visit to Dunham Massey National Trust property where you can see many young deer happily grazing in the park.

'Zentangle' by Sue Gibson, Whitwick & District u3a

'Zentangle' by Sue Gibson, Whitwick & District u3a

I have always loved black and white line drawing but learnt this form called zentangle on a cruise! I adore seahorses and applied this method of ‘doodling’ to a seahorse!

'Kiera' by Anona Hermes, Doncaster u3a

'Kiera' by Anona Hermes, Doncaster u3a

My painting of Kiera, who belongs to our daughter, was inspired by the loss of her Labrador Charlie, who sadly passed away this year. I wanted to gift a painting of Kiera to our daughter to support her well being.

'Rufus' by Sandra Foster, Belfast u3a

'Rufus' by Sandra Foster, Belfast u3a

Rufus belongs to a friend of mine, and I was asked to paint him. I think he is rather handsome, but I he has a look which is saying 'I want to be alone'.


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