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Cumming artist teaches George W. Bush how to paint

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CUMMING, Ga. -

An artist in Cumming spent a month teaching former President George W. Bush how to paint.

Bonnie Flood said that President Bush has a passion for painting and shows real potential as an artists.

"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!"

Flood, who does most of paintings at her home in Cumming, occasionally conducts workshops in Florida. That's where the former President heard about her. The next thing she knew, she was packing up her paints to spend a month in Boca Grande with President Bush.

She said that she spent about six hours a day with the President, mixing paints and teaching him proper brush strokes. She says she wasn't intimidated but admits she really didn't know what to call him until she found the magic number.

"I called him '43' because that's the way he signed his paintings. "When I really wanted him to do something, I would say, 'Mr. President you know that you don't do it that way.'"

She says the President learned quickly and soon started painting fewer dogs and more landscapes.

"He has such a passion for painting, it's amazing," Flood said. "He's going to go down in the history books as a great artist."

President Bush's sister-in-law, Maggie, also took lessons. Flood said that Maggie might be even more talented than the former President.

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