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Monday, January 15, 2018

‘Portraits of Courage’ by George W Bush

Disclaimer: I haven’t read the book yet.

You wonder sometimes what a former Commander in Chief is doing these days?
I know he took up paint brushes after reading Churchill’s great essay “Painting as a Pastime”.
After going through these new paintings, I was very impressed how quickly he developed. Well, it’s a completely different style to how I paint, but, I actually like them. 

Of course, you can’t compare him to Ben Quilty, whose splendid portrait exhibition of Australian soldiers in Afghanistan was one of the most touching experiences I’ve ever had. His emotional and emotive brush strokes were work of genius. 

Anyway, back to “43”, well, that’s how President signs on his paintings. 
In this lively interview, he spoke about his love for oil painting, “Painting has changed my life.” Well, that’s precisely how I say about painting. It’s a very fascinating talk and I really enjoyed it. I even feel like having a cup of tea with him, talking about painting, not politics.

Now the book is in my wish list. One thing I hate is its subtitle ‘A Commander in Chief’s Tribute to America’s Warriors’.  
Excuse me? Warriors? That’s disgusting, in my opinion. 

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