Saturday, March 26, 2011

Wall Canvases

Here's a great example of what you can do with your images after our photo session. A collection of canvases is a great way to showcase your photos in your home.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Book your spring photo sessions now

Don't forget to call or e-mail me to book your spring photo sessions now. The flowers will be blooming before you know it.

(703) 655-2817

Friday, March 18, 2011

New Marketing Postcards

I'm so excited to get my new marketing postcards in the mail. I just ordered them today from

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Winter Tea Party

Molly, my sister and I fell out,
And what do you think it was all about?
She loved coffee and I loved tea,
And that was the reason we couldn't agree.

- Mother Goose Nursery Rhyme

Emma and Charlie - February 2, 2010 - Van Dyck Park, Fairfax, Virginia

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

DC Walk to Empower

Hi everyone..! I'm doing the Walk to Empower again this year with my friend Maria. This year is on the national mall on Mothers day.

Please visit my web site and make a donation if you can.

Or if you're in the area.. join our team.. and come out and walk with us.!

Maria and I have created a team called the Pink Flamingos... seeing as we are both Florida girls...

Here's our photo montage of our 2007 walk!

Visit my page here to make a donation or join our team!

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Wednesday, December 31, 2008

New Book

My father in law has a new book coming out by the end of the year. Losing Everything is his memoir.

It's available on Amazon for pre-order. Keep your eyes out for it. I've read it already and it's really a captivating story.

Here's the title of the new book:

Losing Everything (Hardcover)by David Lozell Martin (Author)


The New York Times reveiwed the book today.. here's a link to that..

Books of The Times

How Low Can You Go?

Lesson From the Dark Side


Published: December 30, 2008

Monday, December 22, 2008

Cute Card from my Mom

My crafty mom made me the cutest card... that's a picture of my grandmother on the front with my mom in her arms [ aunt on the bike] and me with a wig on in the walker when I was a baby..... too funny !

Monday, November 03, 2008

Barack the Vote !

Sen. Barack Obama saved his biggest Virginia rally for last -- bringing out more than 85,000 people to the Prince William County Fairgrounds on the eve of Election Day.

Woo hoo..and I was there.. man was it crazy packed with people.!!!

It was very exciting to be there on the last night before voting..

Monday, September 15, 2008

A Wicked Good Cake

I made my first fondant covered cake over the weekend.

My friends little girl was having a Broadway themed b-day party .. and they asked me to make the cake...

Not bad for a first attempt...

Saturday, August 09, 2008

Good Reads?

Eureka Street: A Novel of Ireland Like No Other Eureka Street: A Novel of Ireland Like No Other by Robert McLiam-Wilson

For the longest time.. this was my favorite book... it's a quirky story.. but there are so many lines in there that I could just read over and over...

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Food Network !

I had a little adventure yesterday.....

I went to NYC to the Food Network studios in Chelsea to be in the studio audience for the taping of a pilot show.

You know Guy Fieri from his shows on the Food Network ...

They are taping pilots of a new show of his called Off The Hook ... it was really a fun day.

Stay tuned.. if they pick up the show.. I'll let you know when it airs.. and you may be able to see me in the audience ?!

Wednesday, June 04, 2008

Mason Community Members Show Their Stuff at Artomatic

Check out this nice article by the Mason Gazette

June 4, 2008

A number of Mason faculty, staff and students are participating in this year's Artomatic, "a month-long multimedia arts event that draws together visual artists, musicians and performers and brings their work to the community without charge," according to its web site.

This year's program, which opened May 9 and runs until June 15, comprises 1,000 artists occupying 10 floors of the Capital Plaza I building, 1200 First Street, NE, in Washington, D.C. According to the Artomatic web site, the event began in 1999 with about 350 artists.

Physics professors Ernest Barreto and Paul So are back at Artomatic after participating for the first time last year. Barreto is showing four photographs of buildings on the 12th floor, while So is displaying a series of acrylic paintings on the sixth floor.

Karl Zhang, assistant professor of Chinese in the department of Modern and Classical Languages, read aloud a selection of Chinese poems in his native language and English translations at Artomatic on May 29.

The poems were part of a translation project called Time Shadows cosponsored by the Goethe Institute and the Chinatown Chinese Culture Center in Washington, D.C. Time Shadows celebrates German, Chinese and American cultures, each of which has contributed to the rich cultural history in Chinatown. The poems, which were written over a period of 1,200 years, reflect the experiences of Chinese and German immigrants downtown during the 19th and 20th centuries. Since February, sets of poems from these three cultures have appeared in storefront windows and on Chinatown buses.

artomatic space
Amanda Martin's photographs are displayed on the left side of a space she shares at Artomatic with her friend, Tina Duryea.
Photo courtesy of Amanda Martin
Amanda Martin, assistant to Sara Cobb, director of the Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution (ICAR), is a nature and landscape photographer whose photos were used in a brochure about Point of View, the ICAR research and conference center under development.

Martin says, "I have always enjoyed taking pictures. My boss' encouragement and that of my friends and family motivated me to display my work at Artomatic this year." Martin's photographs are displayed on the 11th floor at Artomatic near the West Elm lounge.

Creative Services photographer Evan Cantwell is exhibiting his photographs for the first time at Artomatic. His display is on the fourth floor. Cantwell said he joined this year to "show some work and be part of the experience."

As part of their participation, artists are required to donate some time to helping run the program. Cantwell was assigned to help artists set up their spaces and was impressed to "see it come alive" as the empty floors were partitioned and filled with art.

Jim Greif, a public relations manager in University Relations by day, plays drums with several bands in his free time. He played with a rock group, My Friend Autumn, and an Irish band, O'Tasty, during Artomatic's opening weekend.

Greif has participated in Artomatic several times before with different bands. For his volunteer duty, Greif was assigned to the bar area, and said the experience "was great for networking. It's neat that that many local artists of all kinds get together."

Amanda Novcic, who graduated in May with a BA in Art History and a minor in arts administration, has been working with Artomatic on the programming side, booking the musical acts and organizing a fashion show.

Novcic was familiar with Artomatic from being a volunteer in previous years, but she joined the nonprofit group in February as part of an internship for her arts administration program. She was able to co-manage a smaller event sponsored by Artomatic, a glass exhibit, earlier this year.

Like Greif, she found the networking aspect of Artomatic valuable.

"I expect to use my contacts after the event closes," she says. "I'd like to be an artist representative, and lots of contacts [from Artomatic] are interested in my services."

Artomatic is open Wednesdays and Thursdays from 5 to 10 p.m.; Fridays and Saturdays from noon to 2 a.m.; and Sundays from noon to 10 p.m.

Monday, May 12, 2008

We made the DCist !

Check it out! Tina and I made the "Photo of the Day" in the DCist...OK well WE didn't.. but our spaces and art at Artomatic did.....

Photo of the Day: May 12, 2008

If you sat at home all weekend, you're likely the only one in the Metro region who did. Between Artomatic's opening weekend, National Cathedral's Lighting to Unite event, or six hour roundtrip drives to Nissan Pavilion, you got our Flickr pool jampacked with the weekend's goings-on. We decided not to torture some of you with this great shot of Johnny Greenwood, especially after we saw this lovely photo by Aardvark_For_Freedom of a lady taking her time to check out a couple Artomatic booths. We've been hearing good things about this year's show so far, so be sure to set some time aside for a couple trips to cover the entire exhibition.

Friday, May 02, 2008

Sunday, April 13, 2008


Tina and I went to the Artomatic building Saturday to get our sites picked out. Here's the
building where Artomatic will be held.

Here is Tina and her spot...

and me and my spot.. right next to hers.....
It's pretty cool.. it's going to be a fun time.

Thursday, March 27, 2008

Artomatic 2008

I'm going to have a space to display and sell photos this year at Artomatic 2008.

Artomatic runs from May 9 - June 15. Check it out !

Sunday, March 23, 2008

hOppy Easter

I made a few easter bunnie cupcakes for a party today.. I think they turned out pretty cute.
yum.. bunnies

Friday, March 14, 2008

Happy 1st Birthday

Ah first birthdays.... I made cakes and pies for Pearls 1st birthday... I think she liked it.!

White cake with blueberry filling for the birthday girl and chocolate peanut butter pie for the 'grown ups'.

Monday, March 10, 2008

Gallery Girls Premier

Saturday was the inaugural outing of the "Gallery Girls", the hottest new club in the DC Metro area. OK, so there were only three of us going to a gallery and lunch.... but we hope that it grows into something more.
Saturday we went to the Smithsonian American Art Museum to see the "Color as Field:American Painting, 1950-1975" exhibit. The idea is to see a different exhibit once a month or so.

We saw works by Helen Frankenthaller, Morris Lewis, Rothko, and others. It was a really good show.

I'm looking forward to our adventures next month.

Wednesday, December 05, 2007

First Snow

I was lucky enough to be outside today to catch the first snowfall of the season. The snow fell in those amazing cotton balls from the sky.. it was really something.

Here are a few pictures from today.