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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 recognisable people.

The theme "Royal" 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: "Summer"

Deadline for submissions: 20th July 2022

Submit your photos by clicking here

Anne Pearson, Hale & District u3a

Anne Pearson, Hale & District u3a

Inspired by Knutsford Royal May Day celebrations. 

'Strata Florida or Ystrad Fflur' by Jacky Fantom, Marble u3a

'Strata Florida or Ystrad Fflur' by Jacky Fantom, Marble u3a

I painted this after a visit to this magical place. The ruins of a Cistercian Abbey second only in importance to St Davids in the middle ages . All the last Welsh Princes of Wales are buried here. The Buddleia, bottom left is called - buddleia Davidii "Royal red" Painted in oils.

'The Kings of Jazz - Red Hot Music' by Dennis Parkinson, Northallerton u3a

'The Kings of Jazz - Red Hot Music' by Dennis Parkinson, Northallerton u3a

Red marker pen on sketching paper

'The Queen' by Elaine Adams, Northallerton u3a

'The Queen' by Elaine Adams, Northallerton u3a

I thought that this was a very happy pose of the Queen and wanted to use watercolours to bring out her best features and give her a softer look.

'The last Nizam of Hyderabad surrounded by his courtiers' by Laurie Hussain, Banbury u3a

'The last Nizam of Hyderabad surrounded by his courtiers' by Laurie Hussain, Banbury u3a

This would have been about 1930, I think. A drypoint etching with coloured pencil.

'Red, white and blue' by Marian Lewis, West Herts u3a

'Red, white and blue' by Marian Lewis, West Herts u3a

My red white and blue done in acrylics with a piece of kitchen roll swipe.

'Royal...Mail' by Brigitte Holland, Sandbach u3a

'Royal...Mail' by Brigitte Holland, Sandbach u3a

Everyone can recognize the red vans and letter boxes.  I used watercolours for this early evening view.

'Windsor Castle' by Robert Cato, Luton u3a

'Windsor Castle' by Robert Cato, Luton u3a

This is my painting of Windsor Castle from a different angle. 

'The King' by Salim Quraishy, Harrow u3a

'The King' by Salim Quraishy, Harrow u3a

Nobody more Royal than the KING of Rock n Roll. In charcoal and pencil. Will always be the KING. 

'Queen Bee' by Carole Mindham, Hale & District u3a

'Queen Bee' by Carole Mindham, Hale & District u3a

'Crowns' by Liisa Brown, Stroud u3a

'Crowns' by Liisa Brown, Stroud u3a

I used my previous flowery painting as a background, and by using a digital drawing tool changed it to black and white, and then added the Platinum Jubilee colours and texts over it. I thought that the shapes of the flowers look a bit like crowns!

'God Bless the Queen' by Anona Hermes, Doncaster u3a

'God Bless the Queen' by Anona Hermes, Doncaster u3a

The inspiration of this watercolour painting of the Queen, albeit not a great likeness, was to celebrate her extraordinary reign and her Platinum Jubilee year. She has travelled more widely than any other monarch. I admire her sense of duty and her devotion to a life of service over many years of social change. Her patronage to several hundred charities is astonishing. She reminds me of what is important in life and I am proud of all she has achieved over her long reign. 

'Palace Theatre' by Annie Fisher, Pontclun u3a

'Palace Theatre' by Annie Fisher, Pontclun u3a

The Palace Theatre opened in London in 1891 as the Royal English Opera House and was later converted into a very successful theatre. it has an interesting history with a huge variety of productions.

'Royal Corgi' by Susan Shaw, Hawkwell Village u3a

'Royal Corgi' by Susan Shaw, Hawkwell Village u3a

'Her Majesty' by Julie Gilson, Long Eaton & District u3a

'Her Majesty' by Julie Gilson, Long Eaton & District u3a

Watercolour abstract painting using a silhouette of Her Majesty and filling with colourful flowers for the Jubilee celebrations , enjoy. 


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