Saturday, 31 March 2012

Flixster Movie test blog

I am updating my page and found a way to share it here on my blog, so thought hey, might as well give it a try and see if it works :)

Monday, 26 March 2012


Been having allot of fun watching the crocus' and daffodils growing.  Will have photos to post once I get them all organized.

Got a question for my friends...why is it that animals have a sixth sense when it comes to being in the wrong place at the right time?

For example, you will never see a cat laying on a newspaper or piece of paper until someone wants to read said paper!  Same with my dog and the flowers, he never seems to be smelling/eating/trampling the flowers until I have a camera in hand, then he can't get enough of them.  Silly animals :P

Such a wonderful time of the year!  Also the time of the year for Dude's haircut, started this week and hope to finish in the next couple days.  Feet and face are done, now for the hard areas.  Again photos and  hopefully videos to come soon.

Have a wonderful day and keep in touch,


Thursday, 22 March 2012

Please vote for Dude and Maggie

Dude and Maggie have recently entered another DogBook photo contest and have a chance to win Nylabone Toys, wicked mate!!!

It really only takes a moment.

Please follow this link and give Dude a thumbs up to vote for him:

And Maggie deserves votes as well, she is a real sweet heart:



Vancouver is so pretty this time of year, the cherry blossoms are starting and it is so exciting. Am looking forward to taking more flower photos, I took a couple the last few days so will post them on my website soon, mostly crocus's, and daffodils so far.

Just wanted to say thanks to my friend Rain for fixing one of my fav photos of our poodle, Dude. He is such a crazy show off, loves to chase the ball at the park. If you see him there it is very likely he will have an orange ball in his mouth. If it is not in his mouth, then he is chasing it or throwing up in the air himself, having a great time. Just have to make a video of him one day soon, so happy that spring is now here!! Spring also means I can start Dudes haircut soon, once that is done he will look 10 lbs lighter and feel better as well.  Stay tuned for WIP photos.

In the meantime, enjoy this "Super" photo of Dude:


Monday, 12 March 2012

Strawberry Hill Surrey Public Library show:

Here is a photo of the display in case you cannot get by or life out of town :)

Saturday, 10 March 2012

Marney Smithies - Art Studio: not Art related: it's about Exercise

Marney Smithies - Art Studio: not Art related: it's about Exercise: I would love to find one of these that I can try out, have seen them being used by the participants on "The Bi...

not Art related: it's about Exercise

I would love to find one of these that I can try out, have seen them being used by the participants on "The Biggest Loser" and looked they work very well.  As a T5 complete paraplegic I have a hard time getting a good cardiovascular  work out in at the gym, I can use pulleys, thera-bands, free weights and a few weight machines, and just wheeling around the neighborhood doesn't get my heart pumping very hard.  I hear there is a Krank Cylce at the BCIT campus in Burnaby so I need to find out if non-students are allowed to use it.
If anyone knows if there is a local gym that has one I would really appreciate it if you told me, before I found out about BCIT, I thought there were only 4 in the province, Kamloops. Vernon and 2 in Victoria (those places are listed on their Website)

Cheers, Marney

Friday, 9 March 2012

Artist Statement

Anytime you put paint to paper, it’s an experiment.  Watercolor painting in particular keeps me on my toes.  I enjoy sharing my passion and hopefully inspiring other people to come out and try painting.  Once a week there is a “drop in” painting session at the Firehall, for a small fee you can bring whatever project you are working on, your supplies and paint.  Having that time to paint with others, gets me motivated to always start new projects and try new techniques.  Other artists help to critique and are more than willing to lend a hand if you ask.  Some people have the space to paint in their house, others might not have the space, time or find it hard to get motivated painting on their own, this is a great opportunity to get help, meet new like-minded people and socialize as well.  Don`t be shy there are people with all levels of experience and skill, from aspiring ‘artists’  to those with 30+ years of experience, “ARTISTS”.

If you are the type of person, who like me, at one time thought, “I can’t paint, I cannot even draw a straight line”, turns out you don’t need to be able to draw a straight line.  Just buy a few basic supplies at your local art store and experiment, have fun, socialize and learn.  Never know what may happen, you may possibly discover a hidden talent? 

The opportunity to share my passion with people gives me great joy.

I enjoy using the computer and internet for it's many tools, from Photoshop to surfing, the PC has been invaluable.  I find new inspiration and help via websites and blogs every time I log in onto the WWW.

Wednesday, 7 March 2012

YouTube video I made

Dog Haircut Video

I made and published my first YouTube video, starring "The Dude".  Another 1 will be coming soon, stay tuned.

Tuesday, 6 March 2012

Small Art Display happening...

I'm so excited, my art is going to be on display at the Strawberry Hill Library for the month of March.  Starting tomorrow afternoon and going until March 31st.  Come by and check it out if/when you have time.  This will be my first display ever and first showing in quite a while.  There will be a small sample of my work, more can be seen on Facebook or my up and coming website...stay tuned for more info on the site :)

Strawberry Hill

Strawberry Hill library
7399 - 122nd Street
Surrey, BC    Click here for Map
Wheelchair accessible.

Monday to Thursday: 9:30 am to 9 pm
Friday: 9:30 am - 5 pm
Saturday: 10 am - 5 pm
Sunday: 1 - 5 pm
Note: Libraries are closed on holidays

Art will be for sale and my contact information will be posted along with my Bio, perfect timing for my business cards to come in. Just checked the mail and there are here and look awesome!!  Thanks to VisatPrint @ for a swell job printing them.

Marney Smithies

Friday, 2 March 2012

Plastic and Plush website

pretty neat site for sure! check it out @" About Plastic and Plush", unique toys and great art!