u3a - Paint or Draw - Plants

Theme is : Plants

'Goddess of Autumn' by Kath Capeof Whitley Bay u3a

'Goddess of Autumn' by Kath Capeof Whitley Bay u3a

Autumn, when the leaves on the trees are such a magnificent range of colour and shade. Someone said it looked like the Goddess of Autumn and suggested I gave it a face, but I will leave that to the imagination. Painted in watercolour.

'Fuschia' by Mina Lathia of Aylesbury Vale u3a

'Fuschia' by Mina Lathia of Aylesbury Vale u3a

I had lovely fuschia growing in my garden and wanted to capture them on paper.

'Orchids' by Sheila Allen of Uttoxeter u3a

'Orchids' by Sheila Allen of Uttoxeter u3a

Orchids are my favourite indoor plant. It is painted in watercolour on white paper, using neutral tint mixed with Gum Arabic to give a solid background colour to make the plant stand out.

'Potted plant' by Paul Kearney of Edinburgh u3a

'Potted plant' by Paul Kearney of Edinburgh u3a

Plant in a ceramic pot with white flower inspired by U3A challenge.

'Embers of Autumn' by Peter Kennedy of St Helens u3a

'Embers of Autumn' by Peter Kennedy of St Helens u3a

This is a painting of a Rose Bay Willow Herb which I saw on a recent woodland walk. I was struck by the vibrancy of the colours.

'Calm and reflection' by Nicholas Hanison of Hampstead Garden Suburb u3a

'Calm and reflection' by Nicholas Hanison of Hampstead Garden Suburb u3a

I am an amateur artist in every sense of the word, and it would be true to say that I rarely even doodled before I joined my art class when I retired a year or so ago. In my search for new horizons, I was surprised and delighted to discover my own creativity and so become engaged in the amazing world of painting. I have chosen my submission because my relationship with trees and plants is one of calmness and reflection.

'Bluebells' by Anne Goodyer of Malmesbury & District u3a

'Bluebells' by Anne Goodyer of Malmesbury & District u3a

Early in the first lockdown, our local bluebells put on the best display for years. It was a cheering sight in difficult days that I wanted to capture in my painting.

'Magnolia tree' by Sandra Maudlin of Bulkington Nuneaton Bedworth u3a

'Magnolia tree' by Sandra Maudlin of Bulkington Nuneaton Bedworth u3a

My painting is of my magnolia tree which sits just outside my back door. In Spring it's a cloud of pinky-white flowers,

'Star Elite' by Marie Evans of Epsom & Ewell u3a

'Star Elite' by Marie Evans of Epsom & Ewell u3a

This cactus dahlia was the star attraction in my garden this summer.
I was inspired to paint this flower in watercolour because of the vibrant yellow and pink colours.

The slender petals give it a star-like appearance, hence its name ‘Star Elite’.

'Clematis' by Jacqueline Dughan of Burton-on-Trent u3a

'Clematis' by Jacqueline Dughan of Burton-on-Trent u3a

I created this picture whilst sitting under the pergola in my garden during the warm sunny days of lockdown

'Geranium' Maggie Jackson of Chiswell Green u3a

'Geranium' Maggie Jackson of Chiswell Green u3a

Because of my love of flowers, I like doing botanical art using mainly pencils and watercolours, here is my most recent piece.

'Posy' by Salim Quraishy of Harrow u3a

'Posy' by Salim Quraishy of Harrow u3a

Lockdown restrictions, staying indoors with dreadful weather, need to get motivated.

'Poppies' by Brigitte Holland of Sandbach u3a

'Poppies' by Brigitte Holland of Sandbach u3a

I painted some poppies as it is November and I have got some wild poppies coming up in my garden. I have added a background of leaves for autumn colour.

'Geraniums' by Jonathan Parryof Ilkley & District u3a

'Geraniums' by Jonathan Parryof Ilkley & District u3a

I Drew these Geraniums from a plant in my back garden during lock down using pastels and ink.

'Autumn leaves' by Susanne Gibson of Whitwick & District u3a

'Autumn leaves' by Susanne Gibson of Whitwick & District u3a

Autumn leaves I had been picking up leaves and a few of them just fell into place and inspired me