Art Every Day Challenge: “Night”

owl demo in progress

At the end of January I taught an Art lesson to our homeschool group co-op and did a quick demo on using oil pastels and watercolor.  I did a quick sketch of an owl and showed how to use a variety of colors, use watercolour over oil pastel and watercolour by itself.

When Leah Piken Kolidas announced that the theme for her Creative Every Day Challenge for the month of February, I decided to finish my owl painting. I went back in with more oil pastels over the rest of the trees and owl, then used a watercolor wash for the background, and then went back over some areas with colored pencil. This has sparked an interest for me to use owls as the subject matter for more artwork, although I am still working with my theme of shoes too.

"Night Flight", oil pastel and watercolour on paper

I usually work on several pieces of artwork at the same time so if I have to wait for paint to dry I can continue working on something else.  Also, sometimes I you just need to put my artwork down for a little while and give my subconscious time to work out any challenges.  Having something else to work on while I wait helps me to be more productive.




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Wendy Malowany

Wendy Malowany earned her B.F.A., majoring in Painting, and her M.S. in Art Education. She has been drawing and creating since her childhood in the U.S. and Scotland, creating art at a professional level for over 25 years, and teaching art to children and adults for over 20 years. Painting has been her preferred medium since the beginning of her artistic career, particularly oils, but she does sometimes work in other media. Her artwork is inspired by the objects and scenes she encounters daily, in an expressive realistic style. Architecture, animals, landscapes, and nature in general, are the predominant themes of her artwork. She immigrated to Canada after marrying her Canadian husband in 2010, and works in her studio on their 8 acre hobby farm in Wainfleet, Ontario. Wendy sells her work locally, online, and her work is in collections internationally.


  1. Your owl is fabulous! The watercolor adds so much to it!! Wow!

  2. I love owls! This is great–he looks like he’s flying right off the page–very fierce!

  3. Oh I just love the colours in this Owl painting. Love owls and birds of all sorts in art. Just visiting from over at Leah’s CED challenge!

    • Thanks, Carrie! Just took a quick look at your blog too. Your cat Domino is adorable – he’d make a good subject for artwork. Also like your vegetarian recipes and the valentines you made with your kids! Look forward to seeing more of your posts and comments here.

  4. Love the magical looking energy to your owl ~ thanks, namaste, Carol (Magical Monday Meme)

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