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Bush's Painting Teacher, Bonnie Flood, Talks Making Art With Dubya... And More Arts News

Ever since we discovered former President George W. Bush's hidden painting talent, we've been dying to know where he learned to whip up self-portraits and dog renderings. Thankfully, the woman behind the creative transformation of Dubya has come forward to tell her tale of swapping brushes with the world's new favorite outsider artist.

Bonnie Flood is an artist and painting instructor in Cumming, Georgia who, according to Fox News in Atlanta, spent one month teaching George the ups and downs of her craft. Flood is an occasional workshop teacher in Florida, which is how Mr. Bush came to hear of his eventual mentor, and she ventured all the way to Boca Grande to teach the former POTUS and his sister-in-law, Maggie, for up to six hours a day.

So what does Flood have to say about her month in paradise with GWB? "He has such a passion for painting, it's amazing," the art instructor explained to Fox News. "He's going to go down in the history books as a great artist."

She goes on to reveal that Bush has probably painted around 50 dog portraits and that he signs his masterpieces "43", according to Yahoo News. But don't worry, he didn't spend all his time on canine likenesses; Flood praised Bush for his ascension to landscape grandeur, as he eventually painted scenes from his Texas ranch.

You can see a picture of Bonnie and Dubya together on her website here. Let us know what you think of the former president's work in the comments. Are they "laughable" and "eerie" or the work of a master?

by Anonymousreply 803/09/2013

[quote] "He's going to go down in the history books as a great artist."

I'm not sure that's what the history books will remember him for...

by Anonymousreply 103/08/2013

Mr. Bush was thrilled once he began to outperform the art class chimp.

by Anonymousreply 203/08/2013

There's a paintbrush called "The Rigger", which Mr. Bush nostalgically renamed "The Rove".

by Anonymousreply 303/08/2013

His "art" is on the level of the mentally challenged and sociopathic prisoners.

by Anonymousreply 503/09/2013

UGH

by Anonymousreply 603/09/2013

Flood is an occasional workshop teacher in Florida, which is how Mr. Bush came to hear of his eventual mentor. He was in Florida searching for his misplaced copy of his favorite book, "My Pet Goat."

by Anonymousreply 703/09/2013

Adolf Hitler was a painter too, so this is working out very well for us.

by Anonymousreply 803/09/2013
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