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 "Landscapes" 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: "Festive"

Deadline for submissions: 15th December 2021

Submit your photos by clicking here

'Yosemite' by David Taylor, Sevenoaks u3a

'Yosemite' by David Taylor, Sevenoaks u3a

It's painted in pastel. It's a photo I found on the Creative Commons website and it immediately struck me as a very beautiful scene; somewhere I'd like to visit.
'Old Warden' by Robert Cato, Luton u3a

'Old Warden' by Robert Cato, Luton u3a

This pastel painting was inspired by a photograph I took when out walking near Old Warden in Bedfordshire in early Autumn this year
'Goose' by Liz Cunningham, Haddington u3a

'Goose' by Liz Cunningham, Haddington u3a

Single goose coming down to rest and join hundreds of others at edge of Loch Lintrathen, Angus. In pencil and Caran d'Ache watercolour crayons.
'Interpretation' by Fiona Germane, Arun East u3a

'Interpretation' by Fiona Germane, Arun East u3a

I copied this, then added my bits! Idea came from a painting done by my arty friend. She had seen original on her Spanish holiday a while back.
'The Japanese Garden at Tatton' by Joan Davis, Hales u3a

'The Japanese Garden at Tatton' by Joan Davis, Hales u3a

A lovely place to visit, very peaceful
'Yellow' by Valerie Salverson, Camberley u3a

'Yellow' by Valerie Salverson, Camberley u3a

I live on the borders of Berkshire, Hampshire and Surrey. In early summer the landscape is suffused with the yellow of Oil Seed Rape.
'Winter Hill' by James Bamber, Leigh u3a

'Winter Hill' by James Bamber, Leigh u3a

This is a Pastel of a wondeful viewpoint in our area lots of walks and history.
'Down to the Beach' by Shirley Mountain, Chesterfield u3a

'Down to the Beach' by Shirley Mountain, Chesterfield u3a

A digital composition and abstract landscape.
By Susanne Warrillow, Gloucester u3a

By Susanne Warrillow, Gloucester u3a

My first attempt at acrylic paint, so managed to change it as I went along.
'Mist' by Marian Lewis, West Herts u3a

'Mist' by Marian Lewis, West Herts u3a

I was inspired to paint the mist across the lake while walking in America
'Norwegian fjords' by Sandra Foster, Belfast u3a

'Norwegian fjords' by Sandra Foster, Belfast u3a

In recent years I thoroughly enjoyed a cruise in the Norwegian fjords. I have tried to reproduce the wonderful scenery in this picture.
'Farm' by Liisa Brown, Stroud u3a

'Farm' by Liisa Brown, Stroud u3a

This is my multimedia landscape painting of a farm.
'Norfolk by Night' by Felicity Pegg, Palmers Green u3a

'Norfolk by Night' by Felicity Pegg, Palmers Green u3a

'View into the Valley' by Anne Walker, Epping Forest u3a

'View into the Valley' by Anne Walker, Epping Forest u3a

I took a photo of the landscape from the little French town where we had stopped for coffee and sketching. I loved this view into the valley just north of the Pyrenees.
'Stockport' by Hazel Myint, Marple u3a

'Stockport' by Hazel Myint, Marple u3a

My attempt at Stockport landscape.


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