Paulette Insall, Abstract Art for modern contemporary or traditional decor | Portland, OR

Creating a Joyful Atmosphere

Colorful luxurious abstract art inspired by nature that transforms the atmosphere of your home. Imagine coming stepping into a space that fills you with feelings of joy and calm. Using her innate sense of color and design, Paulette Insall creates original paintings that do just that. They have been called jewels full of joy, light, and dancing color by her 100s of clients. Her elegant timeless artworks work perfectly with any decor style, whether your decor is modern and contemporary or a more traditional and romantic style.  Born and raised in Alabama, she now lives and works in Portland, Oregon and ships her art to clients worldwide.

Welcome to my secret studio blog!

Hey there! This is where I'll be sharing with you every Wednesday (well, most Wednesdays) more in depth than on my public blog and social media. This is a secret space I created just for my special collectors and fans that are part of my Insider Circle. You'll get to see more progress pictures of pieces I'm working on than I usually share publicly, a look at what being a "professional artist" really looks like (there is so much more to it than just creating), occasional videos and vlogs, some of the things that inspire my work, and maybe I'll even sing a song or two for you at some point.....who knows! ;) :D

So settle in and let me show you around my studio!

A close up of the palette on my worktable

A close up of the palette on my worktable

I use a large piece of plexiglass I got locally years ago as my palette. Makes it super easy to just peel up the paint after the layers get thick. Then I have a nice clean palette again. I've heard that some painters like to use the large sheets of dried acrylic paint as collage in their paintings....which intrigues me, but I haven't tried it......yet. ;)

What my worktable looks like on any given day

What my worktable looks like on any given day

As hard as I try, I can't keep my worktable nice and organized. When I'm the midst of painting, I'm throwing down paint tubes and rags left and right....even when I start off my day by getting everything organized, it ends up looking like this again in a matter of minutes.

The creative process is messy.

....at least mine is.

This is just a small selection of my paintbrushes.....and these pics are probably not even half of my collection. You see, I have a bit of an addiction to buying paint brushes. I have a hard time leaving an art supply store without one....

Or three!

Below are all the paintings I have around my studio in progress {some of which I haven't even posted anywhere online, so you're getting to see pics of pieces in progress that no else has seen } and I think there may even be a couple of finished ones in there too.....and a couple ones from back in my whimsical figurative portrait days.

To wrap up my first entry in my secret studio journal, I wanted to show you another large painting I worked on last week...I've been shying away from sharing any more progress pics of this one because I wasn't 100% happy with how it was going at one point, but now I'm feeling really good about where it's heading.

Sometimes that happens.....thinking back on it now, I think there was something that I needed to resolve in myself, before I could be alright with what was happening on the canvas and continue to move forward. There is so much emotion embedded in these works that sometimes I think I get a bit overwhelmed with what's coming though.

That's when I have to take a break from a painting and  switch to a different one...

And sometimes just walk away from the studio completely and do something to recharge.

Painting is hard work....physically, mentally, and emotionally. Even though it can be quite challenging, I love what I do and I know it's what I was made for.

Below are some close ups/sweet spots of this new painting to give you a better idea of the complexities and texture of the piece. There are so many layers and each one is informed by the one before it.

Thank you so much for being a part of my Insider Circle! It means more to me than you know. I have so much planned for future entries already {have already started working on next week's....there will even be a short video. eek!} and am so excited to share more with you!

Much love,
Paulette

P.S.
I would absolutely love to hear from you! Please leave me a comment here on the journal entry or just email me directly. I love connecting with you!

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