"The Oregonian" today (June 27, 2002) has a really good article on Apollo 12 astronaut Alan Bean.
You can read the full article HERE
"Organizers would have been hard-pressed to find someone more qualified to kick off an event that combines art and space than Capt. Alan Bean, astronaut and former Navy test pilot. For 21 years, Bean has been a full-time painter.
"After I got home from the moon, people were saying to me, 'Why don't you paint the moon?' " he said. "But I liked painting things that were colorful, and the moon is gray, and the sky is black, and we were in white suits. It's not as beautiful as I wanted to make my paintings."
During an idle afternoon, though, Bean began painting a picture of the Apollo 12 commander, Pete Conrad.
Illustrating the moon
"About two hours into it, I said to myself, 'This is what I should be doing. If I'm any good as an artist, I could make the gray moon really beautiful.' "
So Bean was launched on a new mission: using acrylics to record his experiences in space.
"My dream is that these paintings, and the book I did, end up in schools, and the kids there get inspired and say, 'You know, if Al Bean can get to the moon, I can get to Mars or go out to the nearest star or do whatever I want to do,' " he said."
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