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Painting Apollo: First Artist on Another World Hardcover – July 6, 2009
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“Alan Bean and his astroartistry recreate the drama and excitement of man's exploration of the moon as could only be chronicled by one who had been there.”—Neil A. Armstrong
“What one must understand about Al Bean is he is the only artist to have ever walked on the moon. No poet has ever been to the lunar surface, nor any journalist, architect, nor songwriter. In the realm of the arts, it has fallen upon Bean to be the one moonwalker to turn hard data brought back from the moon into something other than numbered photographs. The images that Al has committed to canvas, then, are important, inspiring, and priceless works of art. Not only has he painted the moon, he has been there.”—Tom Hanks
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Many an artist has been inspired by the moon hanging silently overhead. But one artist has a unique perspective on this eternal muse. Alan Bean has walked on it's ghostly landscape. Felt it's pull below his feet. Closed his eyes and felt it's sweet caress. Looked up to see the Earth hanging silently 230,000 miles overhead.
Al Bean was different from most of the other astronauts. They lived for speed and adventure. They liked to hunt or fine tune their sports cars. Bean liked to paint. Never mind that Florida Gold corvette he had. A happy joking gentleman renowned for toasting the Apollo 12 camera. He accidentally pointed it directly at the sun. The camera's delicate receptor tube fried instantly. Ruining it for the rest of us stuck down here. Then later he spent some 54 days up in skylab.
But he really wanted to paint. So paint he did. Realistic and imaginary scenes from various moon missions. Mostly his own (Apollo 12):
'Helping Hands'. He and Conrad dismantle some core tube. 'Home Sweet Home' a sweeping moonscape of the Ocean of Storms with moonlander. A moon self portrait showing himself loping across a crater. 'Houston, We Have a Problem' debris streaming away from the blast. A beautiful 'In Flight' showing Shepard driving a golf ball on the moon. I don't think it went quite that high. But a wonderful moon scape with lander, flag, and craters galore.
And indeed Bean proves to be quite an accomplished artist. His works posses a great feel about them. Good technique, good light adaption. Great color balance (well only he would know that for sure!).Read more ›
Many times the images we have of those remarkable missions show a relatively bleak and nearly monochromatic moonscape. Bean is able to show us the subtile colors and shades that were not tranferable to the image making of the late 60's and early 70's. He is also able to take us on the flights of fantasy that only the men of his unique calibre are able to ingage. He also tries to share his spirital and personal changes in his visual world.
The paintings are reproduced in a high quality printing, with the colors and images coming through in a vibrant and pleasing way.
All in all an excellent book from a man with a very unique talent and viewpoint.
This is a wonderful book of observations, feelings and a product of one very talented, fortunate man - and Astronaut and Artist - WOW !!! how unique!!!
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Painting Apollo really appealed to my daughter who is an artist. We visited NASA at the Cape and missed seeing him the day we were there. Read morePublished on January 10, 2013 by Kindle Customer
Alan Bean amazes me every time he releases a new painting, which is fairly often considering the size and scope of his art! Read morePublished on November 16, 2009 by S. McBee