W loves painting dogs

Back to art and unconditioned expression.
What to think of the art of a former president of the USA?

George W. Bush, pensioner after a carreer in politics and war, took up painting, following in the footsteps of great men like Churchill and Roosevelt. Starting off immortalizing dozens of dogs he has made some incredible progress in little time, according to his art teacher. Taking classes from Bonnie Flood, artist from Cumming, Bush went from the subject of dogs to landscapes in a few weeks, ‘doing a great job’. {Does this qualify his dogs as ‘early work’ or ‘unconditioned expressions’?}

Signing his work a humble ’43’, referring to his spot in the presidential line, could point at an identity struggle, validating his status of ‘artist in progress’ 😉

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2 Responses to W loves painting dogs

  1. masqua says:

    It actually softened my personal estimation of GW Bush when I first learned of his paintings. The dogs as a theme indicate a simple affection and are difficult to dismiss as they seem to be a genuine expression free of any egotistical illusions. In other words, he paints for the pleasure found in creating lasting images of the pets he obviously adores. There’s a purity in that.

    I find myself now of the opinion that ’43’ was less a reckless politician than a willing dupe for the machinations of those who influenced him.

    That said, Adolph Hitler also painted, but his images indicated a runaway ego.

    • thank you Tony, for sharing your thoughts! I agree on the sweetness of the gesture: he obviously loves his puppies and finds them very inspiring (I read he painted them 50 times!). Also, I would call anyone with an urge to paint to action: just do it! It works miracles for body and soul to create.

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