|Often Alan Bean is described as an artist who flew to the Moon, but that's a stereotypical idea. He walked on the Moon and later flew aboard Skylab as a highly trained astronaut who was completely focused on the success of his mission: no time for sketches, no time for little paintings. It would be a couple of years after his Skylab flight before he began to express his own memories and feelings, as well as
||the memories of his fellow moonwalkers in an artistic manner.
Bean's development as a painter began when he took his first art class while he was a test pilot at Patuxent River, Maryland. Among the early works are flower motifs, abstract flight motifs, and copies of paintings by Cezanne, Degas, and Greacen.