George Bush's advice: Don't paint your mom or wife

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A portrait of Russian President Vladimir Putin which is part of the exhibit "The Art of Leadership: A President's Diplomacy," is on display at the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum in Dallas, Friday, April 4, 2014. The exhibit of portraits of world leaders painted by former President George W. Bush opens Saturday and runs through June 3. (AP Photo/Benny Snyder)
A detail of a portrait of Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh which is part of the exhibit "The Art of Leadership: A President's Diplomacy," is on display at the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum in Dallas, Friday, April 4, 2014. The exhibit of portraits of world leaders painted by former President George W. Bush opens Saturday and runs through June 3. (AP Photo/Benny Snyder)
A portrait of Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki which is part of the exhibit "The Art of Leadership: A President's Diplomacy," is on display at the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum in Dallas, Friday, April 4, 2014. The exhibit of world leaders painted by former President George W. Bush opens Saturday and runs through June 3. (AP Photo/Benny Snyder)
A portrait of former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi which is part of the exhibit "The Art of Leadership: A President's Diplomacy," is on display at the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum in Dallas, Friday, April 4, 2014. The exhibit of world leader portraits painted by former President George W. Bush opens Saturday and runs through June 3. (AP Photo/Benny Snyder)
A detail of a portrait of former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert which is part of the exhibit "The Art of Leadership: A President's Diplomacy," is on display at the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum in Dallas, Friday, April 4, 2014. The exhibit of world leader portraits painted by former President George W. Bush opens Saturday and runs through June 3. (AP Photo/Benny Snyder)
A portrait of Afghan President Hamid Karzai which is part of the exhibit "The Art of Leadership: A President's Diplomacy," is on display at the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum in Dallas, Friday, April 4, 2014. The exhibit of world leader portraits painted by former President George W. Bush opens Saturday and runs through June 3. (AP Photo/Benny Snyder)
A detail of a portrait of former Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf which is part of the exhibit "The Art of Leadership: A President's Diplomacy," is on display at the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum in Dallas, Friday, April 4, 2014. The exhibit of portraits of world leaders painted by former President George W. Bush opens Saturday and runs through June 3. (AP Photo/Benny Snyder)
A portrait of Russian President Vladimir Putin which is part of the exhibit "The Art of Leadership: A President's Diplomacy," are on display at the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum in Dallas, Friday, April 4, 2014. The exhibit of portraits of world leaders painted by former President George W. Bush opens Saturday and runs through June 3. (AP Photo/Benny Snyder)
A portrait of former British Prime Minister Tony Blair which are part of the exhibit "The Art of Leadership: A President's Diplomacy," is on display at the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum in Dallas, Friday, April 4, 2014. The exhibit of portraits of world leaders painted by former President Goerge W. Bush opens Saturday and runs through June 3. (AP Photo/Benny Snyder)
A self portrait of former President George W. Bush which is part of the exhibit "The Art of Leadership: A President's Diplomacy," is on display at the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum in Dallas, Friday, April 4, 2014. The exhibit of world leader portraits painted by the former president opens Saturday and runs through June 3. (AP Photo/Benny Snyder)
FILE - In this April 4, 2014 file photo, portraits of former Presidents George W. Bush, left, and his father, George H.W. Bush, both painted by George W. Bush, are on display as part of "The Art of Leadership: A President's Diplomacy" exhibit at the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum in Dallas. Bush has said that an essay by Winston Churchill on painting inspired him to take lessons after leaving office. (AP Photo/Benny Snyder, File)
A portrait of King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia, left, which is part of the exhibit "The Art of Leadership: A President's Diplomacy," is on display at the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum in Dallas, Friday, April 4, 2014. The exhibit of world leader portraits painted by former President George W. Bush opens Saturday and runs through June 3. At far right is a portrait of former and late Czech President Vaclav Havel. (AP Photo/Benny Snyder)
THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH JAY LENO -- Episode 4570 -- Pictured: (l-r) Former President George W. Bush during an interview with host Jay Leno on November 19, 2013 -- (Photo by: Stacie McChesney/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
FILE - This Feb. 19, 2014 file photo shows former President George W. Bush speaks at the George W. Bush Institute at Southern Methodist University in Dallas. Bush has found painting as his new passion to fill the void in his life after he left the White House. In an interview on NBC’s “Today” show, Bush tells his daughter, Jenna Bush Hager, “I paint a lot because, as you know, I’m a driven person.” (AP Photo/LM Otero, File)
DALLAS, TX - APRIL 4: Paintings of former president George W. Bush are on display with photographs as part of the exhibit, 'The Art of Leadership: A President's Personal Diplomacy' at the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum on April 4, 2014 in Dallas, Texas. The exhibit opens to the public on April 5 and features paintings of 24 world leaders. (Photo by Stewart F. House/Getty Images)
DALLAS, TX - APRIL 4: Members of the media take photographs inside the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum for a preview of the art painted by former president George W. Bush. The exhibit, 'The Art of Leadership: A President's Personal Diplomacy' on April 4, 2014 in Dallas, Texas. The exhibit opens to the public on April 5 and features paintings of 24 world leaders. (Photo by Stewart F. House/Getty Images)
THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH JAY LENO -- Episode 4570 -- Pictured: (l-r) Former President George W. Bush during an interview with host Jay Leno on November 19, 2013 -- (Photo by: Stacie McChesney/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
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WASHINGTON (AP) - George W. Bush doesn't readily offer political opinions, but when it comes to portraits, he has some broad-brush advice:

"Never paint your wife or your mother."

Bush's new book about his father includes a portrait he painted of his dad, the 41st president.

Bush tells CNN's "State of the Union" that "I think it's nice," but his tough-to-please mother "kind of wasn't" happy with it.

The 43rd president also painted his wife, Laura. The verdict?

She didn't like it and neither did one of their daughters, "so I just scrapped it."

Well, maybe not.

"I may have saved it although they probably think I destroyed it."

Bush has said that an essay by Winston Churchill on painting inspired him to take lessons after leaving office.

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