I always try to support the arts, and fellow artists. So today I thought I would leave you with a peek at my friend Shawn Barbers newest book "Forever and Forever". It was released not too long ago. It is published by 9mm books, and you can get it through his website I have listed on my "Links I like" to the right of my blog. If you haven't had a chance to visit Shawn's site you should. Even if you are not a fan of the subject matter tattoo's (there is some nudity contained on his website), his technique is incredible. He also offers instructional videos on his painting techniques if you are interested. Shawn and I both attended Ringling School of art and Design in Sarasota Florida. Even though I was a few years younger he allowed me to tag along with him and his friends. I eventually became very dear friends with many people I met through him, and was able to participate in many sketch sessions with all of these amazing artists. Shawn was kind of like a big brother to me. Dean and I had a chance to visit with Shawn on his trip to the Reno Tattoo convention that is held in Down Town Reno every year. He is the catalyst for why I started working on art again. He said there were no excuses for putting off creativity, no matter how many commitments or responsibilities I had. I am glad I have taken his advice. My art has become my way to unwind after I have all the kids in bed. It is a way for me to still feel like I have half a brain, it challenges me to think outside the box and push myself a little harder. I have also found that if I set my mind to something that I can accomplish that goal, even with three kids. It helps to have a supportive husband. I am grateful every day for Dean. He really wants me to follow my dreams and he helps in any way possible to make them happen. Shawn is also an instructor at the Art school in San Fran. He and his wife reside in downtown San Francisco. One of these days he has promised to paint a picture of my girls. I can't wait to add that one to my already amazing collection of art.