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u3a - Paint or Draw - Challenges

Theme is: Challenges

'Spot the Bottle' by Lyn Morris, Buxton u3a

'Spot the Bottle' by Lyn Morris, Buxton u3a

The Challenge is - "Spot the Bottle". This is a doodle I just did at the end of our u3a group's "Still Life" theme. I learned that Still Life is about finding interesting ways to place OBJECTS within BACKGROUNDS. The OBJECT here is the Bottle, which I have hidden in the BACKGROUND. I've turned it into a colouring page. Can you Spot the Bottle?

'Fire ravaged' by Nicholas Hanison, Hamsptead u3a

'Fire ravaged' by Nicholas Hanison, Hamsptead u3a

Water colour of girl walking across fire ravaged landscape

'Bird feeder' by Shirley Mountain, Chesterfield u3a

'Bird feeder' by Shirley Mountain, Chesterfield u3a

 A digital sketch from my window of bird feeder visitors.  In spite of constant failure, the pigeon regularly tries to reach the fat or seed feeder.

'Rubik cube' by Brigitte Holland, Sandbach u3a

'Rubik cube' by Brigitte Holland, Sandbach u3a

Drawing and painting this Rubik cube and the 3D puzzle was a challenge by itself!

'Could I walk in this wind' by Dennis Parkinson, Northallerton u3a

'Could I walk in this wind' by Dennis Parkinson, Northallerton u3a

Drawing in pencil and ink

'Covid lockdowns' by Liisa Brown, Stroud u3a

'Covid lockdowns' by Liisa Brown, Stroud u3a

This acrylic painting was done during one of the the 2020/21 covid lockdowns. Hopefully this big, worldwide challenge is mainly behind us!!!

'Embroidered picture' by Jean Eisenhauer, Berwick-upon-Tweed u3a

'Embroidered picture' by Jean Eisenhauer, Berwick-upon-Tweed u3a

This hopefully is an embroidered picture taken from a page in a New Zealand calendar sent to me in 2020 by my penpal. It is my first attempt at embroidering a picture. I copied the outlines and backstitched them in filling in with threads in the same way as I would paint a picture. It is a cuckoo in wild clematis.

'Always Trying to Keep Up' by Carole Goodhall, Steyning u3a

'Always Trying to Keep Up' by Carole Goodhall, Steyning u3a

Memories of a child, always trying to keep up. This is of a family bike ride up the hill. I remember my legs hurting trying to pedal, and being desperate to keep up with them. And mum trying get my younger sister to keep still, to make it easier for her to pedal.

'Using up scraps' by Laurie Hussain, Banbury u3a

'Using up scraps' by Laurie Hussain, Banbury u3a

A collagraph print made from an old piece of mountboard. Cutting into the surface with a scalpel and creating raised areas with bits of masking tape.

'New day, new challenge' by Pat Glover, Syston & District u3a

'New day, new challenge' by Pat Glover, Syston & District u3a

The dawn of a new day can be a big challenge for some that they would like to escape from. The boat depicts that escape.

'Departure' by Katherine Lane-Serff, Marple u3a

'Departure' by Katherine Lane-Serff, Marple u3a

Collage from magazine pictures. I was struck by all the photos of women and children leaving by train from Kiev station, waving goodbye to their fathers, husbands and sons who were staying behind to fight. They will all be encountering challenges I can barely imagine. 

'Climber on Mont BGlanc' by Valerie Salveson, Camberley u3a,

'Climber on Mont BGlanc' by Valerie Salveson, Camberley u3a,

I used cling film and salt to add texture to this watercolour. I took the photograph of this climber on Mont Blanc indeed a challenge for any climber.

'The Madhatter's Tea Party' by Pamela Wakefield, Marple & District u3a

'The Madhatter's Tea Party' by Pamela Wakefield, Marple & District u3a

The challenge is not to pour the tea over the door mouse's head! This painting is my interpretation of "The Madhatter's Tea Party".

'Lower Hardres and the barge Edith May' by Tricia Swift, Thanet u3a

'Lower Hardres and the barge Edith May' by Tricia Swift, Thanet u3a

The painting is of Lower Hardres and the barge Edith May, at 6.00 am when we arrived for a day trip. I loved the light, so atmospheric, though it took a while to get right. Painting is acrylic.

'Diver' by Paul Kearney, Edinburgh u3a

'Diver' by Paul Kearney, Edinburgh u3a

This looks like to much of a challenge for me. Painted in acrylic.