Alan Bean went to the moon on the Apollo 12. He went on several missions and then retired from NASA in 1981. He started to paint the moon and almost nothing but the moon. I remember hearing a story about him on the radio a long while back. In my memory it portrayed him as a man obsessed, who exorcised his demons by painting the moonscapes of his youth. It turns out (after a little internet research) that he seems fairly well adjusted and is just an enthusiastic painter. However, the fact remains, that he does, almost exclusively, paint only the moon. He even mixes the moondust from his old spacesuit into the paint.
The reason for my thoughts turning to Alan Bean came about because of my obsessive photography of ranunculus. I mean, I don’t even post all the photos I take on here but if you were to look through the memory stick you’d find a lot.
At the moment, the start of peony season isn’t really exciting me that much since it means the beginning of the end for ranunculus season but I’m starting to worry that I might overdose on these guys and they’ll lose their charm. (This will never happen).