Rollin’ Home by Astronaut-Artist Alan Bean

Rollin' Home by Alan Bean

Rollin’ Home by Alan Bean

Statement by the artist, Alan Bean:

“Rollin’ home, rollin’ home, at the light of the silvery moon. I’ll be happy as a king, believe me, when I go rollin’ home”: These are the words of an Ol’ English drinking ballad. Pete has just rolled Yankee Clipper “heads-up” relative to the north pole of the Earth, and Pete, Dick and I can now see planet Earth out our front windows. We are headed back home, and we all feel like kings.
Except for a couple of lightning strikes during our launch, all has gone well. About 45 minutes ago, the service module engine again performed perfectly, increasing our speed 3,042 feet per second. This increased velocity moved us out of lunar orbit and sent us on the way back to our rendezvous with planet Earth some three days from now.

It sure felt good when our rocket engine fired. We could not hear any noise, but the thrust banged us back into our couches and held us there for the entire two minute and eleven second burn. I always felt our crew was so well trained that we could fly the mission as planned. The question that crept into my mind from time to time was, “will our spacecraft continue to perform as it has been designed to do, or would something break?” We were flying in the most complex machine which was ever built. I knew every vehicle, every machine, fails eventually, the question is, when?

Because of orbital mechanics, we had to perform the trans-Earth burn on the far side of the Moon. As a result, Mission Control, back on Earth, was not able to monitor our spacecraft systems as they could during other critical maneuvers. This was OK with us, but it was always preferable to have as many expert eyes as possible on our spacecraft.

We had been heads down, with the moon at the top of our windows, for the burn. This allowed us to see the lunar horizon out our forward windows to ensure we were at the precise attitude. When the burn was complete, Pete pitched our spacecraft slightly so the we could look out the hatch window and see the Moon as we were leaving it.

What an incredible sight. It looked to me like we were going straight up on the fastest elevator imaginable! After just a few minutes we could see the Moon as a big round gray ball outside the hatch window. It was magnificent, and we humans need it out there circling the Earth every 28 days.

I read somewhere that our Moon not only helps light the night sky, the gravity of the moon acts as a gyroscope, keeping the earth’s axis steady at 23.5 degrees. This stability has given life a chance to arise amidst a cycle of regular seasonal changes.

The Process used by Artist Alan Bean:

Prior to painting the image, Alan Bean covers the surface on which he will work with a texturing material. He then uses exact replicas of his Moon boots to make footprints across this surface to replicate the Apollo boot prints remaining on the moon today. Next he uses the same geology hammer he worked with on the Apollo 12 mission to dig into the painting’s surface. Finally, a sharp edged bit from one of the core tubes is used to make round indentations in the surface. All of these come to amazing 3-dimensional life in this striking Fine Art Edition.

About the Artist/Astronaut Alan Bean:

Artist Alan Bean, Astronaut, Apollo 12

Alan Bean

Apollo 12 astronaut, artist and explorer Alan Bean was the 4th man to walk on the moon and the only astronaut to become an artist.


His incomparable experience of being an eyewitness of outer space inspired him to return to earth and interpret and share it with others through art.  Bean’s paintings are truly unique: each bears signature imprints of his moon boots and core sample testing poles on the surface of the paint.  Indeed, he even adds moondust to his paints!  This artist/astronaut’s paintings are not just pictures: they are truly historic documents of art.

Alan Bean is sought after not only for his art but also by the media for his recollections of the Apollo program and by leading corporations for his motivational speaking.  The critically and popularly acclaimed Greenwich Workshop Press book Apollo: an Eyewitness Account continues to garner attention following its Apollo 30th anniversary 1998 publication.

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Long Time Service and Legacy Award Presented to Picture This! – Chamber of Commerce

Picture This, Long Time Service and Legacy Award, Sherwood Park, Alberta

(L-R) Rollie & Carol LaMarche with chamber president Dave Stanley-Smith

Picture This – Winner of the 2016 Long Time Service and Legacy award – Chamber of Commerce

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About Picture This! framing & gallery:

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Passage of Promise by Guy Combes

Guy Combes, elephants, wildlife

Passage of Promise

Passage of Promise: Amboseli elephant herds, with Kilimanjaro in the background.

Proceeds from the sale of each of these prints go to Amboseli Trust for Elephants. ATE’s research arm, the Amboseli Elephant Research Project, has made many important contributions to elephant research over the years. The knowledge gained from the AERP team has profoundly altered the way we think about, conserve and manage elephant populations. Our research has highlighted the ethical implications of dealing with sentient, long-lived, intelligent and social complex animals and our knowledge base provides powerful and authoritative support to elephant conservation and advocacy campaigns worldwide. For more than four decades AERP’s presence has helped ensure the survival of the elephants as well as the Amboseli ecosystem.

AERP research covers many areas including: social organization, behavior, demography, ecological dynamics, spatial analyses and mapping, communication, genetics, human-elephant interactions and cognition. Our long-term datasets underpin all these research topics.

The Amboseli Trust for Elephants was started by Cynthia Moss, an American who is well known in the conservation world for coordinating groundbreaking research into elephant communication, intelligence and social behaviour. Now the organization coordinates outreach to educate local communities, monitors poaching crime, and runs research programs in the greater Amboseli area. This an area in Kenya, at the foot of Mount Kilimanjaro, where elephants congregate in high numbers. A recent continental elephant census has revealed that elephant numbers have fallen more dramatically in the last five years than ever before in history, which makes the work the folks are doing at ATE more important than ever.

About the Artist, Guy Combes

Artist Guy Combes

Artist Guy Combes

Guy Combes (AFC, SAA) was born in Kenya in 1971, the son of renowned wildlife artist, Simon Combes. His art background came not just from his father, but an interest in exploring different forms of media and commercial application.  His education included sculpture and design at college in England where he also majored in history of art.  He returned to Kenya in 2001 and quickly rekindled his love for Africa and her wildlife, becoming involved in a number of conservation causes for which he now tirelessly campaigns, including Soysambu Conservancy – his Kenyan home-away-from-home – and preserving the rich mosaic of biodiversity in the Great Rift Valley.

In 2011 he completed five years as Artist in Residence at the Hiram Blauvelt Art Museum in New Jersey and this gave him the opportunity to reach an American audience, not only with his art, but also his experience of Africa.   He is a signature member of both Artists for Conservation and the Society of Animal Artists, and his work has been both awarded and accepted into national museum shows, galleries and tours.  He regularly revisits Kenya where he leads expeditions for artists and groups of conservation biology students from the US.  He has lectured at zoos and universities on the East Coast including Yale and George Mason, with whom he has set up research programs at a facility he helped develop at Soysambu Conservancy, and now regularly gives art workshops in Canada, the US and England.

America is where he has found his niche, and the future for Guy will involve his time being spent working on artistic projects that bring awareness to international audiences, while developing his own field knowledge on the ground in Kenya in order to inform himself and the people he is so passionate about showing it to.

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The Art of Roger Arndt

Quiet Blue by Roger Arndt

Quiet Blue by Roger Arndt

Roger Arndt’s hallmark scenes of towering Rocky Mountains, western forests, Pacific shores and gardens have captured the attention of fine art collectors world wide. His work is distinguished by a luminous and mystical quality that stirs inspiration in all who see his work.

Roger Arndt began to see the world through an artistic eye at the age of twelve, when he set out on his journey into the world of fine art.  In the early 1970’s, at the age of fourteen, Roger became inspired by the art of Loren D. Adams, Jr., a well-known seascape artist who was working out of Vancouver’s Granville Island district. Roger became an apprentice to Adams and through careful observation, and Adams’ mentoring, Roger nurtured his own talent. He learned how to put paint on canvas and express his vision through his brushes.

Roger Arndt, Landscapes, Canadian Art

The Summer Island

In those early years, the artist focused mainly on seascapes while his talent blossomed and grew. In his late teen years, Arndt discovered his love for the Rocky Mountains. He spent several months each year exploring Alberta’s Lake Louise, Jasper, and Athabasca regions, hiking and camping at the base of towering mountains and ancient glaciers. Roger Arndt  was moved by the power and majesty of the mountains. His soul inspired, he began to paint these vast and glorious monuments. He also become fascinated with west coast Haida totems. He wanted to add structure to his paintings, and after studying the history of totems at the University of British Columbia, he began to incorporate them into his ocean paintings.

The Painting Process of Roger Arndt

Roger is a smooth brush oil painter who utilizes a centuries-old Flemish technique that was

Roger Arndt, Canadian Art, landscapes

Mt. Robson (front)

once practised by European Masters. Preparation of an oil painting is a laborious one. First, a panel is coated with many layers of oil primer, then hand-sanded to achieve a surface that is as smooth as glass. Arndt  moves on to create an image in conceptual drawings, conceived from his own photos, sketches, memory and imagination.  Before starting the formal painting process, Roger prepares a scaled down, loosely painted oil study to test composition and colour elements.

His attention to detail is paramount, from the time he conceptualizes the image in his mind and prepares his boards, to the finishing and framing of the completed piece. A Roger Arndt painting is a timeless work of art that marries the breathtaking subject matter of Canada’s West with fine craftsmanship and quality.

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“Trouble” by Bonnie Marris

Wolf art, Trouble, Bonnie Marris

Trouble by Bonnie Marris

Trouble – Winner of the 2016 Masters of the American West Patrons’ Choice Award

In a family where Dad can strike instant regret with just his glare, this child knows it’s in big trouble. Mom is very satisfied to take a break and watch the fireworks.

A Bonnie Marris canvas is a private moment with the untamed, an intimate glimpse of the elusive side of the wilderness. And to many, the wolf personifies a wilderness complete. Without it there, there is no balance. For Bonnie, getting into a natural environment and seeing the animals on their own terms is as important as knowing the animals themselves.

In Marris’ Fine Art Edition Giclée Canvas “Trouble”, it is easy to see that passion for her subject is only eclipsed by her mastery of the elements of colour, composition, light and emotion. Artist, subject and art each aligned in magnificent perfection.

About the Artist, Bonnie Marris

Artist Bonnie Marris, wildlife, wolves

Bonnie Marris

Beyond academic training and emotional involvement, art requires another element for which there is no substitute: experience. Each year, Bonnie makes two major trips, and countless smaller ones, to observe and learn about the wildlife she loves. In 1980, one such voyage took her to Alaska, where she lived in the wilderness for six months.

In the artists words:  “For instance, gray wolves on the tundra—the vast, vast tundra with the wind and other forces of nature at their most extreme—that’s what makes them what they are. To stand not far from a grizzly that is so overpowering, so beautiful and so large . . . to watch it pull up a small tree with a swipe of its paw and just a few minutes later see it delicately picking blueberries with its black lips. . . Alaska changed me; it gave me the biggest incentive to paint and increased my interest in the predators: the cats, bears, coyotes, wolves and foxes. They exist on so many levels. Their moods show in their eyes and we can learn so much from them.”

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A Prayer For My Brother by William S. Phillips (9/11 Tribute)

Murray Phillips, 9/11, World Trade Center

A Prayer For My Brother

Fifteen years ago the attack on the World Trade Center heightened our awareness of many important things but it was the first responders’ selfless commitment to saving the lives of others, at risk to their own, that stood apart. Their actions drove home to the country at large that first responders live and work in every community with the same, but often unrecognized, commitment. William S. Phillips is intimately familiar with this level of dedication; he was a firefighter before he became an artist. The events on 9/11 shook him to his core.

“You become a firefighter because you are driven by a sense of community and purpose,” Phillips relates. “Firefighters always have, and always will be, walking into that burning building looking to save lives.”

Bill’s approach to “A Prayer for My Brother” was that of a fellow firefighter from Oregon paying homage not only to those that died in service in New York City, but to firefighters throughout America, He wanted this work to commemorate and support firefighters nationwide.

National Fallen Firefighters Foundation

Since its initial release, “A Prayer for My Brother” has provided funds to the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation ( in fulfillment of that goal. The organization’s mission is to honour and remember America’s fallen fire heroes and to provide resources to assist their survivors in rebuilding their lives.

“The self sacrifice continues in every corner of this country and beyond,” says Phillips.”Some of those men and women rushing into buildings today may have been only a child when 9/11 occurred. Still, it is the same spirit of community and purpose that drives these firefighters today as it did that fateful day in New York City ten years ago.”

When “A Prayer for My Brother” was released, no one was sure what the reaction to the image would be. Phillips’ art not only embraced by the firefighting community, but by the communities in which those firefighters lived. Galleries and individual citizens from across North America purchased and donated the image to local firehouses. Some organized fund-raisers, auctioning off the privilege of donating the image to the local firehouse to raise funds for that town’s first response needs.

If you are looking for a way to honour the sacrifice and loss through art, we encourage you to take the opportunity to let your local firefighters know you are a community that recognizes their commitment to the well being and safety of others by presenting them with a print or canvas of William S. Phillips’ “A Prayer for My Brother.

About William S. Phillips

artist william phillips

William S. Phillips

“Aviation was my first artistic love,” says William S. Phillips, “but my true, enduring love remains my Christian faith, home and family. So it is my pleasure to combine all of it in my work. The historical aviation subjects, I research; the contemporary and nostalgic subjects, I live.”  Phillips grew up loving art but never thought he could make it his livelihood. At college he majored in criminology, and he had been accepted into law school when four of his paintings were sold at an airport restaurant. That was all the incentive he needed to begin his work as a fine art painter.

Bill Phillips is now the aviation artist of choice for many American heroes and the nostalgic landscape artist of choice for many collectors. Bill’s strengths as a landscape painter are what gave him an edge in the aviation field: respect and reverence for a time and place. When one sees his aviation pieces, thoughts are about the courageous individuals who risked their lives for our freedom. In Bill’s nostalgic works, the viewer understands fully what that freedom is . . . the precious values that make life worth living.

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