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 "Spring" 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: "Royal"

Deadline for submissions: 2nd June 2022

Submit your photos by clicking here

'Yellow Fields' by Paul Luton, Hale & District u3a

'Yellow Fields' by Paul Luton, Hale & District u3a

This painting was done on an IPad using the Procreate app. I have been painting on an Pad for sometime but have only recently started to use the more advanced Procreate. I’m learning by following tutorials on YouTube. 

'Spring has Sprung' by Fiona Germaine, Arun East u3a.

'Spring has Sprung' by Fiona Germaine, Arun East u3a.

My acrylic stencil on canvas inspired me to have my first ice-cream over the sunny Easter bank holiday. More to follow hopefully.

'Cockerel' by Liisa Brown, Stroud u3a

'Cockerel' by Liisa Brown, Stroud u3a

My colourful, (gay) cockerel is stepping out into the flowery, spring fields, after long harsh winter. Watercolour and pens.

'Welsh Poppies' by Kathy Main, Llandudno u3a

'Welsh Poppies' by Kathy Main, Llandudno u3a

Welsh poppies in my garden drawn in Biro with watercolour.

'Rain in Spring' by Salim Quraishy

'Rain in Spring' by Salim Quraishy

It always rains in spring. Classic spring shower.

‘Bee happy’ by Lindsey Bond, Cardiff u3a

‘Bee happy’ by Lindsey Bond, Cardiff u3a

Always glad to see bees returning to the garden in Spring

'Flowers & Leaves' by Pam Morris, Tavy District u3a

'Flowers & Leaves' by Pam Morris, Tavy District u3a

I made blocks of flowers and leaves. I used fabric paint to blockprint with them keeping to spring colours of yellows, purples and greens and then appliqued them to create a small wallhanging.

'Primroses and Cowslips' by Brigitte Holland, Sandbach u3a

'Primroses and Cowslips' by Brigitte Holland, Sandbach u3a

For me, seeing primroses and cowslips growing along country lanes is a sign that spring is here!

'Peploe’s Tulips' by Liz Octigan, Stone u3a

'Peploe’s Tulips' by Liz Octigan, Stone u3a

I have adapted a painting of Peploe, a Scottish colourist. I like the vibrancy of his work and the relaxed fluid style of the tulips. The tulips are about to burst open in my garden saying spring has arrived.

'Flower vase' by Neelam Shah, u3a member

'Flower vase' by Neelam Shah, u3a member

Flower vase- fine art pencil drawing, shaded flowers to represent Spring, nature.

'Helibores' by Deborah Peaty, Palmers Green & Southgate u3a

'Helibores' by Deborah Peaty, Palmers Green & Southgate u3a

I love to see the Helibores bloom in my garden at the end of winter carrying on well into Spring. Seeing how the sun shone onto and seemingly through the petals inspired me to capture this flower. I used watercolours on A4 watercolour paper.

'Baby Owl' by Jill Foley, Chester u3a

'Baby Owl' by Jill Foley, Chester u3a

A pencil drawing. - Lots of babies arrive in Spring, so here's a baby owl with its Mum.

'Bird's Nest' by Julie Gilson, Long Eaton & District u3a

'Bird's Nest' by Julie Gilson, Long Eaton & District u3a

Everyone in our group painted one and they were all fab. 

'Spring lambs' by Anne Harrison, Tadley & District u3a

'Spring lambs' by Anne Harrison, Tadley & District u3a

 A line and wash painting of lambs enjoying a rest in the grass.

'Peacock butterfly' by Margaret Scott, Omagh u3a

'Peacock butterfly' by Margaret Scott, Omagh u3a

I love to watch the  ever faithful development of spring from the first Snowdrop onwards. I was delighted to spot my first glimpse of the showy Peacock butterfly so beautifully coloured and patterned, yet so clever in  design as to protect it from preditors. What a beauty queen.

 


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