New Digs

It’s hard to believe three weeks have gone by and that we are now ‘Texans’! We have worked like crazy packing, driving, unpacking and getting our new life in order. We do still have a ways to go but things are coming along. My studio is last on my list of ‘To Do’ things, partly because my families needs come first. Hubby has to be able to go to work and my 5th grader started school this week, so the house has to be up and running.

I also have been holding off so I can enjoy the experience a bit. It’s not often that you get to completely reorganize your creative space starting with a blank slate. I want to take my time a bit and add some areas that will help me be more efficient with my time. So my studio has looked just like this until a couple of days ago.

The first thing I concentrated on was just getting the furniture where I wanted it. I love this little office nook for my desk!

I like having my work table in the middle of the room with the window on either side.

This is where I’ll have my reading area with my comfy over-sized ottoman to relax on. To the left of this I will have a permanent video taping area. I’m going to put up my Ott lites, tripod, camera,  and a long table reserved for shooting video. One thing that wastes time is having to clear off my work space when I want to shoot a video. I usually have many projects going on at once, so having different work stations will help a lot.

I put my taboret and an easel against this wall so I have a second painting area and my PanPastels are here too. What you can’t see in these photos is the large walk in closet. That will hold packing/shipping supplies and product. I’m trying to remember to take pictures of the progress so I can share the fun with you. More next week!

21 responses

  1. Pam, I hope you enjoy your new studio. Having two windows is great. I have to warn you, tho, that sitting with your back to the door can be a problem. That’s the way my worktable is, in front of the window. I don’t hear my husband coming up behind me when I’m working intently and sometimes I get a jolt when he speaks. Jump starts my heart I can tell ya.
    Oh, and as an ex Texan, I need to tell you that the plural of y’all is all y’all!

  2. Hey Pam,

    Welcome to Dallas (Home of the World Champion Dallas Mavericks). My family and I have lived here all our lives and as the previous people have written, if you can stand the heat, it’s a great place to live.

    I was at Borders Book Store when I happened upon your book “Art at the Speed of Light.” It is a fantastic find! The amount of material is astounding and I can’t wait to employ some of your techniques in my own journal. Thanks for sharing your insights and I wish you continued success on your artwork and writing.

  3. So glad to see you settling into your new home, Pam. I’m switching rooms and making the big bedroom my new studio and am so excited to be reorganizing and purging. It’s so inspiring to get started in a clean, new space.
    Enjoy the process!

  4. Pam – congrats on the move – what fun to have a new space to set up! I’ll have some changes soon, and hope to channel my inner Pam Carriker as I reduce my space for a time at least. I’m off to Cleveland for the next year or so for my job. Once I get there I hope to set up some small scale art place in whatever housing I end up in – so I’ll continue to look to you for inspiration! Have fun setting up – and thanks for sharing your process!!!

  5. Hi Pam, how exciting it must be to have a whole room to create. I only have a space and am truly content with it, however, given the opportunity I would enjoy every minute of making a room my own. Hope yours turns out like everything you envision it to be. Iris Perez

  6. I know moving is a ton of work…but, there is also something so refreshing in the “newness” of everything. I hope Texas is fabulous for you. 🙂

  7. Dear Pam,
    I’m so glad things are coming together for you. I love the amount of room you have to spread out. I only have the one work surface, so I envy you!
    But you are making me consider emptying the room and started over… I feel like I’m in a rut and could use a jump start….

    Welcome to Texas… At least your a little closer now ( I’m in north FL) and maybe I’ll be able to take a workshop someday if you decide to offer any from there : )

    Thanks for sharing and the constant inspiration! xo ajae

  8. Hi Pam, it is so refreshing to see what and how others set up their work spaces. I think I will empty and start again with my space too when I get back from my travelling.
    All the best for your Texas move

  9. Thanks for sharing your photos…
    it sounds like a good move for you.

    I think photos are fun in the future to remember the move more clearly.

    ☮ ♥ Siggi in Downeast Maine

  10. Isn’t it wonderful starting with a blank room! I recently had that experience but in a smaller room but it is still a very good creative space for me. Enjoy it and hope you like your new state….

  11. How fun to get to start all fresh and new! It is great that you know what will make you more efficient and have the space to manage the “stations”. Good luck and I am anxious to see the next installment.

  12. If that were my room, my work table wouldn’t be flat against a wall so that my back is to the door. I can’t stand that. I’d pull the table out further, and put the chair against the wall so I could see the whole room without having to turn around. Other than that, I love your new digs. Enjoy.

  13. welcome to Texas and I hope it is in the North Dallas Area, i am so happy you are here, would love to finally take art journal lessons from you. Am pleased you are here.
    Jackie Nichols

  14. How fun to create your space again at your own pace. You are really inspiring me to pare down! Best to you in your new environment. Linda K.

  15. Good luck with the new spaces! Lots of good options. Love the desk nook….BTW….My desk is almost exactly like yours, however after it survived Hurricane Andrew in Miami, I had it restored and painted a shade of magenta/purple! It’s fabulous. I needed some light and happiness in my life in those dark days post hurricane. 🙂 Give me an e-mail so I can send you of photo. You’ll smile at the transformation.
    Linda in Miami

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