This is sure to drive those afflicted with Bush Derangement Syndrome even crazier.
George W. Bush’s art teacher says he is “going to go down in the history books as a great artist.” And, she seems serious.
Atlanta-area artist Bonnie Flood tells local television station Fox 5 that she spent six hours a day for a month teaching the former president how to paint.
She says the 43rd president proved to be a quick-learner. “He has such a passion for painting, it’s amazing,” says Flood.
During the six weeks she spent with Bush, Flood taught him proper brush strokes and how to mix paint.
She wasn’t so sure about her pupil when she was began teaching him. “He started off painting dogs. I think he said he painted 50 dogs,” Flood said. “He pulled out this canvas and started painting dogs and I thought, ‘Oh my God, I don’t paint dogs!”
But he quickly started painting fewer dogs and more landscapes, and Flood was impressed. She was even more impressed with Bush’s sister-in-law, Maggie, who also took lessons. Flood says Maggie may be even more talented than Bush.
Flood occasionally conducts workshops in Florida, and that’s where Bush heard about her.
She said she didn’t really know what to call the former president until she noticed something in particular. She says, “I called him ’43’ because that’s the way he signed his paintings.”