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Yesterday evening, I had the pleasure of attending a talk by former NASA astronaut Alan Bean
Now 85, Capt. Bean was the Lunar Module Pilot of Apollo 12 (the second lunar landing in November 1969), and the fourth person in history—out of a total of only twelve—to walk on the moon.

Not only is he a famous and accomplished Navy test pilot, astronaut, and scientist, he's also…
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…an incredibly talented, world-class artist. It's not every day you get to meet an artist who has walked on the moon!
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After leaving NASA in 1981, Capt. Bean—who prefers acrylic paint and is influenced by the works of French Impressionist painter, Claude Monet—began a new career in art. 

One of the interesting things I learned about Alan Bean's work process, is that he routinely uses his NASA space boots and lunar hammer to sculpt a textured surface onto his paintings. He also adds traces of actual moondust from the patches on his Apollo spacesuit—and pieces of gold foil and particles from the heat shields from the Apollo 12 Command Module—to each of his paintings.

Although most of his originals sell for hundreds of thousands of dollars, many paintings are available as limited edition Giclée prints, signed by the artist. Here are a few of my favorites…
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The highlight of my evening was being able to introduce my son—who dreams of one day becoming an aerospace engineer—to Capt. Bean. Prior to last night's talk, I made several prints of my ‘spacewalker’ illustration (shown at the beginning of this email.) I gave one to Capt. Bean, and he graciously signed one each for me…
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…and my son.
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He was also kind enough to sign 'Girl in the Moon' prints for my wife and daughters.
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It was wonderful being able to show Capt. Bean some of my work and chat with him about art. (He got a kick out of my 'Flying Taxi' illustration from several newsletters ago, even joking that I had drawn the flaps, landing gear and engines correctly.)

He's got a great sense of humor, and his talk—which included anecdotes about his buddies Neil Armstrong and Pete Conrad—was entertaining, informative, and inspiring. His recounting of returning to earth from space and being awed by the color and movement of the ocean waves as they splashed against the Command Module gave me chills. "We live in a paradise," he said several times, referring to the innate beauty of our planet.

To keep things in perspective, take a look at this NASA photo of Capt. Bean descending the ladder of the Lunar Module Intrepid
…and these photos of him walking on the moon. Mind boggling!
Capt. Alan Bean: Artist, astronaut, test pilot, scientist…
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…and a genuinely down-to-earth, all-around great guy!

For those who'd like to learn more about Capt. Alan Bean, I recommend reading this 1984 Texas Monthly article, "Tiptoeing On the Ocean of Storms," and visiting the artist's website.
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"Frequently on the lunar surface I said to myself, 'This is the Moon, that is the Earth. I'm really here. I'm really here!'"
–Alan Bean
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1. In 2015, NASA's Project Apollo Archive released more than 8,400 high-resolution photos on Flickr. Here are some unprocessed, 1800 dpi Hasselblad film scans of NASA photographs from the Apollo 12 mission: 46/Y | 47/V48/X49/Z50/Q51/R55/EE. And here's the complete—and searchableNASA Image and Video Library.

2. Astronomer Alex Parker downloaded Hubble's Top 100 Images and used them to recreate Vincent van Gogh's Starry Night. And if you think that looks artistic, check this out: NASA's Juno spacecraft captured this image of Jupiter's cloud tops. Beautiful!

3. From the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum: How Being Deaf Made the Difference in Space Research. Did you know some spacewalking astronauts have reported that space has a strange smell? Here are eight more strange facts about space.
4. As I mentioned earlier, Alan Bean's artwork is influenced by the work of Claude Monet. Did you know that cateracts may have affected the color of some of Monet's later works? 

This week's recommended link: 
Google Blog: 6 Things You Never Knew About Claude Monet.
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5. 119,000 men, women and children await lifesaving organ transplants in the U.S. Today, April 21st, is National Donate Life Blue & Green Day. During this day, the public is encouraged to wear blue and green, hold events and fundraisers, and partner with local restaurants, malls, media, and community organizations in an effort to promote the success of organ, eye and tissue transplantation and the extreme need for registered donors. Click here for things you can do to help.
"Try to forget what objects you have before you - a tree, a house, a field, or whatever. Merely think, 'Here is a little square of blue, here an oblong of pink, here a streak of yellow,' and paint it just as it looks to you, the exact color and shape, until it gives you your own impression of the scene before you."
–Claude Monet
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"One of the great things about the universe is that it's fair." 
–Alan Bean
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Each month I give away one hand-signed, limited edition Giclée fine art print to a lucky newsletter subscriber. (With the exception of the small framed print pictured below, all come matted, but unframed.) Winners—who are notified via email at the beginning of each month—may select one of the prints shown here…
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"But I'm the only one who can paint the moon, because I'm the only one who knows whether that's right or not."
–Alan Bean
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About Me

Hi. I’m D.E.Uhlig. I’m an artist, author, husband and father.

For as long as I can remember, I have loved to draw. Years ago I gave my wife a hand-drawn card for our anniversary, and she loved it so much she made me promise to ALWAYS hand-draw her cards. Then our three kids made me promise to do the same with their birthday cards. And when I posted some of my drawings online, people began asking how they could purchase my work—so I created this newsletter. I believe in something I like to call “The Happiness of Art” and I hope it makes you smile.

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D.E.Uhlig is an award-winning illustrator whose work has appeared in numerous publications including the Kansas City Star, Christian Science Monitor, University Daily Kansan, Editorial Humor Magazine, and World Policy Journal. Commercial illustration and design clients over the years have included Samsung, Sprint, and the Los Angeles Times Syndicate, among others—and his Starbucks RedCup illustrations have been featured on the company's Pinterest and Facebook pages. In 1989, Mr. Uhlig co-founded Uhlig LLC, a leading provider of cross-media publishing and communication services in industries ranging from residential housing to book publishing to cancer care. Mr. Uhlig is married with three children and resides in Kansas City. He is currently working on children’s books, ebooks and apps.

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