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posted 06-09-2009 09:00 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for 328KF   Click Here to Email 328KF     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I was on artist Paul Calle's website this evening and found that his son, Chris has made a contribution to the Apollo 11 40th anniversary book collection. Advertised as being available July 1: Celebrating Apollo 11: The Artwork of Paul Calle.

It seems that "space art" books have been very popular and well done lately.

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posted 06-09-2009 09:08 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for alanh_7   Click Here to Email alanh_7     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I love Paul Calle's work. What a great artist.

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I had the chance to spend some time with Paul and Chris at SpaceFest in San Diego.

Paul was present for the breakfast, suiting-up, and walkout of the Apollo 11 crew the morning of July 16, 1969. He was in a white cover garment and mask, silently sketching the crew-- the only "civilian" present.

While he was inside the MSOB, I was outside with the crowd of reporters. Paul did a sketch of Armstrong giving a thumb's up, which I assumed was from Armstrong as he entered the van.

Comparing notes as SpaceFest, Paul said that the thumb's up he sketched was given inside the MSOB to the NASA and contractor personnel lining the route to the door. We concluded that there were two thumb's up-- one inside, which Paul sketched, and another outside, which was the cover of Life Magazine (someone's head got in the way of my camera during that moment).

Paul has had some unique opportunities to be an artist-witness to the early age of space exploration (from MA-9 to ASTP). He is a great artist, and a wonderful person, full of good humor and great stories.

Chris and Chris' son are ably following in his footsteps. I look forward to the book.

(An article I wrote about Paul will appear in the upcoming Apollo 11 issue of the Astrophile of the Space Unit.)

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I'm looking forward to this as well...I'm another big fan of Calle's work.

Curious, though, that this is supposedly just a few weeks from release, and Amazon.com doesn't list it yet...

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As long as the famous Armstrong drawing is included in the book, I'm a buyer.

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posted 06-15-2009 01:25 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for ChrisCalle   Click Here to Email ChrisCalle     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
There are MANY Neil Armstrong suiting up sketches in the new book - over 40 of my father's Apollo 11 suiting up pen and ink sketches are represented as well as a beautiful full page spread of THE GREAT MOMENT and many other images.

Through his remembrances of the early years of the space program, my father gives us a unique perspective of what is was like. The book focuses on Apollo 11 and the sketches but gives a full history of the NASA artwork of Paul Calle from his early years when he was chosen as one of the original eight artists to cover the last mission of Mercury, through Gemini and Apollo and even where his artwork is now.

His latest Western painting shows the moon in the afternoon sky, his subtle tribute to the intrepid explorers of Apollo...

If anyone wants information on the book, etc., please feel free to email me at chris@calleart.com.

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posted 06-25-2009 06:52 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for alanh_7   Click Here to Email alanh_7     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I just purchased two limited edition prints of the 'Suiting up' Series by Paul Calle. "Michael Collins" and "Thumbs Up". All I can say is I could not be happier. I love the flow of these drawings. The prints are of a very high quality and are a testament to the skills of a terrific artist. I have always enjoyed Paul Calles work. I am fortune to have a print of "When Trails Grow Cold" one of his excellent mountain man paintings.

I look foreword to Calles new book and I plan to purchase "First Step" and would love to obtain one or both of the "Neil Armstrong" drawings.

Really great work. Thank you Chris.

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posted 06-26-2009 12:27 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Jay Chladek   Click Here to Email Jay Chladek     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I had a chance to meet Paul as well at Spacefest. Given that I grew up after Apollo, I never really had a chance to appreciate Paul's work at that time and indeed for me today he is still something of an unknown. I glanced at a few of those paintings at Spacefest though and Paul certainly is a master of his work. One image of rocket flames right at liftoff particularly caught my eye as the colors were so vibrant, just like what one sees during a real liftoff (which I have seen and pictures tend to wash out those yellows and oranges).

I helped with packing up stuff at Spacefest on the last day and got the opportunity to help Paul and Chris pack up some of those paintings. Both guys are class acts. Who knows, maybe I'll get to see them again at another Spacefest. I'll be picking up a copy of this book as well.

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Jay, thanks again for the help packing up. The image you refer to is POWER TO GO, the launch of the mighty Saturn V which is on the cover of the book. I love a quote Bill Anders gave us for the book - "Having been one of the Apollo 8 crew who made the first manned flight on the mighty Saturn V rocket, I was not able to view the launch from the ground. But, Paul captured exactly what I felt riding on top of that beast".

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posted 07-17-2009 08:53 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for alanh_7   Click Here to Email alanh_7     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I just received my copy of "Celebrating Apollo 11 The Artwork of Paul Calle." I have been glued to it since I opened the packing box.

I could not be happier. This is a very beautiful book. Ninety-six high quality pages featuring this terrific artist's drawings and paintings from his days as a NASA artist.

This book is extremely well put together and laid out. Dozens of Calles drawings are included and no book about his work could be complete with out "The Great Moment". In this case a double page full color spread. Beautiful!

Each drawing, painting and stamp shown has a brief comment by Paul, explaining how he felt or his thoughts on the subject. There are additional excerpts and comments by Walt Cunningham, Michael Collins, Gene Cernan, Alan Bean, Vance Brand, Bill Anders and Dick Gordon and a nice foreword by Andrew Chaikin.

I am a fan of Paul's western paintings, so I was glad to see a small section showing his current work. I was also very glad to see some of Chris Calles work as well. It is obvious talent runs in the family.

But the central focus is the Apollo era drawings and paintings and they speak for themselves. Beautiful work.

My copy was signed to me from Paul and Chris and dated July 16. Fitting.

Chris Calle has done an amazing job putting this book together. Congratulations to him; A fitting tribute to his father, from one talented artist to another. I could not give a higher recommendation.

Thank you to Paul and Chris Calle for signing my copy. This is a great book.

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posted 07-22-2009 09:22 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for alanh_7   Click Here to Email alanh_7     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I was wondering if anyone else has had a chance to look over this book. I would be interested in their thoughts. It really is a great book.

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posted 07-23-2009 02:30 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for heng44   Click Here to Email heng44     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I definitely want to order this book. I assume that orders should be placed by mailing Paul and/or Chris?

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posted 07-23-2009 02:41 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for lm5eagle   Click Here to Email lm5eagle     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
...and a supplementary question to Ed's:

'Will Paul and Chris sign the book, if we order directly from them?'

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posted 07-23-2009 08:08 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for alanh_7   Click Here to Email alanh_7     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
My experience dealing with Calleart has been excellent. This book can be ordered at chris@calleart.com. Chris was very quick getting my copy out to me. The book was issued 15 July I believe and I was reading it 17 July. Regarding personalized signing, I obviously cannot speak for Calle art, but from my own experience, Chris contacted me to ask how I wanted it signed and I was very pleased that both Paul and Chris signed my copy the way I wanted it and dated it July 16. I could not have been happier with the book. As one might expect, Calle art is very easy to deal with and offers excellent service. This book is a wonderful addition to any collection.

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I met Paul and Chris this past Monday (July 20th) at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama. They were there signing their Apollo 11 book. I was second in line with my copy. Chris asked if I wanted it personalized (I did) and both he and his father carried on a very pleasant conversation regarding my name (Jann... and I'm a male). They were courteous and friendly, and I was very impressed. By the way, the book is great!

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Originally posted by alanh_7:
I was wondering if anyone else has had a chance to look over this book. I would be interested in their thoughts. It really is a great book.
I fully agree with you. Got my signed and personalized copy today. It is indeed a very nice art book.

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posted 07-29-2009 11:49 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for heng44   Click Here to Email heng44     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I mailed Chris about two weeks ago but I never received a reply...

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Chris emailed me July 15 to advise my book was being signed and shipped July 16 before he was on his way to Huntsville for the Apollo 11 40th. The service was excellent. I think they travel a lot which may explain it. I know Chris checks this web page from time to time so I suspect he will be back to you shortly.

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I just received my copy today, truly a beautiful book.

I encourage all to get this book. To have Paul draw and express his thoughts during that time is something very special and unique.

Thank you Paul and Chris for sharing your works!

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posted 07-30-2009 03:09 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for GoesTo11   Click Here to Email GoesTo11     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Received my copy today. I won't waste space parroting what others have already posted, so I'll sum up: Beautiful work, beautifully reproduced and presented. (Paul and Chris were also kind enough to personalize and sign my copy at no additional charge, which I find rather refreshing these days.) Just buy it...You won't be disappointed.

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Thanks Chris and Paul -- I received my book shortly after ordering it. Nicely autographed at no extra cost. I highly recommend it.

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posted 08-01-2009 08:39 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Dennis Beatty   Click Here to Email Dennis Beatty     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I plan to purchase the book either way, but out of curiosity, is the book hard or soft bound?

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I plan to purchase the book either way, but out of curiosity, is the book hard or soft bound?

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Harbound, 100 pages.

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I had lunch with Chris Calle yesterday. That is when I received my copy of his book about his father's work in the NASA art project. I wrote a quick review about the book on my space art blog.

The book is a wonderful record of the beauty of Paul Calle's work during America's race to the Moon.

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I received my copy today, and this book is a real treat for space fans and art fans and those who enjoy both.

The book is many things-- a tribute to a father, a family memoir, a history of Apollo, a primer on space art, but most of all it showcases the intersection of Paul Calle's considerable art talent and historical space events.

Paul had the good fortune to be in the right place at the right time with the requisite talent to be the foremost eyewitness space artist of the heyday of the space program.

There are other great space artists-- Robert McCall comes to mind-- but none of them were present in person at so many key events during Gemini, Apollo, and ASTP.

Paul's "suit-up" sketches of Neil, Buzz and Mike are unique historical records. He was the only "civilian" present as the Apollo 11 crew had breakfast and suited up inside the MSOB on July 16, 1969. It would be like an artist in l492 recording his impressions of Columbus leaving on his voyage.

Comments from fellow astronaut artists Mike Collins, Alan Bean, and Alexei Leonov add interest to the book, as do comments by other astronauts such as Bill Anders and Dick Gordon. There is an introduction by Andy Chaikin.

At $29.95 this large format hardcover is reasonably priced. I highly recommend it.

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posted 08-14-2009 10:17 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for alanh_7   Click Here to Email alanh_7     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
In the book "Celebrating Apollo: The Artwork of Paul Calle", he (Paul) talks about a 6x8 foot drawing he completed as a study for a large painting he intended as a tribute to the Apollo 1 crew of Grissom, White and Chaffee. I was surprised to read that the drawing was framed and shipped to NASA and that Calle requested and was refused a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts to complete the painting. I was also very surprised to find out that the whereabouts of the large drawing is unknown.

It seems such a shame this painting was never completed and worse that the drawing now also seems to be lost.

Does anyone know where this drawing may have ended up?

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My signed copy of this book arrived safely in Scotland this week. I agree with all the comments - it's a beautiful book. My copy was wonderfully signed and inscribed, and the shipping was very fast (it took four days from ordering, to having the book sitting on my desk). I've slotted it into my bookcase beside Ed's recent space art book. It's a great addition to any collection.

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If somebody had told me a few years ago that a book with my art would one day be standing in a bookcase next to a book about Paul Calle, I would not have believed him.

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My Calle book arrived today, also in record time. It is a beautiful book and I want to thank Paul and Chris for signing it.

Reading the many annecdotes reminds me of something that happened when I was at KSC for the STS-8 launch. We reporters were touring the Cape when we approached a group of artists, sketching near the launch pad as part of NASA's Art Program. When we passed the group, one of the reporters called: "Can't you guys afford a camera?"

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When we passed the group, one of the reporters called: "Can't you guys afford a camera?"

Modern journalism in a nutshell

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posted 11-06-2009 02:22 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for tegwilym   Click Here to Email tegwilym     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
First, I have really been speechless since last weekend and home all this week with some sore throat flu kind of thing. Ugh!

So my birthday was yesterday. My girlfriend gave me this long cardboard tube which I opened and pulled out a Paul Calle canvas print. Scroll down this page to the Saturn V picture "Power to Go".

I didn't know I was worthy of such a thing! But she likes this kind of stuff also, so I'm sure she wanted it too.

I'll have to get a big frame and put this above the couch in the living room.

What do you think about that? I'm speechless in more than one way!

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I'd say you need to do something equally nice for your girlfriend... like propose.

You just don't let people like that get away son. She's a keeper.

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This book flew in somewhat under the radar when it was released this summer, but don't let that fool you. The book is simply fantastic!

Paul Calle has been involved with space exploration all the way back to Mercury when he first sketched the flight of Faith 7 and throughout the Gemini missions.

The real crown jewels of the Calle portfolio and this book, are the beautiful reproductions of Paul's original sketches done during the Apollo 11 suit-up. Calle was the only artist given access to the crew preflight preparations for launch, and his efforts don't disappoint.

The price is equally impressive at a very reasonable 30 dollars.

Chris Calle in cooperation with the National Air and Space Museum have really outdone themselves with this book, which I believe is one of the best space art book produced in the last 20 years.

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Thanks for the nice thoughts about the book. Doing the research for the book I was amazed at how many paintings and drawings my father actually did during his time as a NASA artist. I am still finding images and sketches I didn't know existed!
One minor correction to the last post though is that I wrote the book in conjunction with the US Space & Rocket Center, not Air & Space.

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Okay Chris, what is shipping to Europe for the book?

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I received my copy this week and would recommend the book highly. It's full of beautiful art that recall the emotions of the time. One of my favorites is the Gemini III capsule sitting on the deck of the Intrepid with the boat's crew milling around. I also enjoyed seeing the progression of the postal projects from initial thoughts to final art.

Superb stuff. GM

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"The Great Moment", by Paul Calle just captures the moment perfect.

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I had lunch with Chris last Friday and picked up my copy direct from him. I've been exceedingly busy, so it is still in the bag, mostly unread. I was impressed with the images I saw. What a great way to get some wonderful Paul Calle Apollo 11 images.

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I received my copy of "Celebrating Apollo 11: The Artwork of Paul Calle" recently. I found the book to be simply amazing, both in the quality of the artwork as well as the context of the stories surrounding the art. I would highly recommend the book to anyone. It will give you insights into the space program as seen through the eyes of one of the greatest space artists of our day. Simply an amazing book!


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