As if the holidays weren’t reason enough to fight with your neo-con relatives about politics, now you can have George W. Bush right on your tree. The George W. Bush Presidential Center in Texas is selling Christmas tree ornaments emblazoned with a painting of a red cardinal by Dubya himself. He is a semi-decent painter, you know! The ornament read “George W. Bush Presidential Center” across the top and “Christmas 2013″ across the bottom. The $29.98 cost is real score for the faithful in the war on Christmas. We’ll hold our breath for the Jay Leno-emblazoned yarmulke. [Talking Points Memo]
Former bumbling president/current amateur artist George W. Bush has expanded his painting repetoire since we last checked in with him. No longer is Dubya painting creepy portraits of himself in the shower (seriously, that’s actually something he painted) and in the bathtub. Last night he gifted Jay Leno with a portrait he painted of the “Tonight Show” host himself. Dare I say it’s actually good? Okay, good-ish. Please don’t send me hate mail, art students. I wonder where Leno is going to hang it. I feel like a portrait painted by a disgraced former president is a guest bathroom kind of thing.
What else has the most embarrassing president in recent history been up to? He adopted a stray cat named Bob. Also, he also declined to talk shit about President Obama, which was surprisingly classy of him. [ABC News, The Wire]
Yesterday, we told you that the Bush family emails had been hacked and various personal information had been leaked on the internet. Among the spoils? Photos of a few of President George W. Bush’s paintings. Apparently, after ol’ Dubya left the White House and no longer had an ill-advised war in Iraq to run, he got bored and needed a hobby. So he picked up a paintbrush and voila! Though he normally favors painting dogs and landscapes, Bush apparently has gone through a self-portrait phase of late. I wonder if he painted the one on the right in the bath or from memory? Personally, I think George shows a natural affinity for capturing depth, but his attention to detail, particularly when painting his own face, needs work. If I were a collector, I would pass on The Shower, but would definitely consider buying The Bath if it was under $100.
I asked my mom, who’s a wonderful painter (yes, I am biased, but seriously, she’s wonnnnderful), for her artistic critique of Dubya’s work. Here is what she said:
Here is my initial response:
1. Oh my.
2. He could use some lessons in Anatomy, Composition, well … the list goes on.
3. I hate to say it, but some of his paintings look like paintings I’ve seen in galleries. Honestly.
4. I think the fact that he chose to paint himself in the bathroom is curious.
5. I will refrain from further comments lest I lapse into a rage over what he did before he took up painting. I wish he had taken up painting instead of running for President.
Sharp-eyed viewers may have noticed a familiar head on a spike in the 10th episode of Season 1 of ”Game of Thrones”—George W. Bush’s. A prop head of the former president was used as one of the traitors’ heads on spikes, the show’s creators say in their DVD commentary, explaining that its use wasn’t political, io9 reports. “George Bush’s head appears in a couple of beheading scenes,” they say. “It’s not a choice, it’s not a political statement. We just had to use whatever head we had around.” Read more…