George W. Bush is publishing a book of his strangely beautiful paintings

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George W. Bush is taking a new step in his painting career.

The former president is publishing a book of his paintings depicting various members of the military through Crown Publishing Group, the New York Daily News reports.

"Portraits of Courage: A Commander in Chief's Tribute to America's Warriors," out Feburary 28, 2017, will feature 66 paintings as well as a four-panel mural showing veterans and active-duty military members.

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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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Painting is a regular hobby for Bush, which came to light after a hacker released images of several of his works in 2013, two of which were self-portraits showing Bush in a bathtub.

But leak aside, the art-world response to Bush's painting was surprisingly enthusiastic.

"After spending more than a decade having almost physiological-chemical reactions anytime I saw him, getting the heebie-jeebies whenever he spoke... I really like the paintings of George W. Bush," Jerry Saltz, the art critic for New York magazine, wrote of the early works.

Though they definitely look amateurish, those early paintings have a certain purity of form and even a slightly eerie vibe.

"They are 'simple' and 'awkward,' but in wonderful, unself-conscious, intense ways," Saltz wrote at the time.

Bush later went public with his paintings, even having an exhibition of portraits of world leaders.

If anything, it looks like Bush has sharpened his technique a bit with the new military portraits, though they have the same soft curves and sense of stillness from his other work.

The former president is writing an introduction for the book, and he also wrote stories about each of the subjects, "some of them inspiring, some of them heartbreaking," Crown said, according to the Daily News.

"This is a book about the men and women who have been tremendous national assets in the Armed Forces — and who continue to be vital to the future success of our country," Bush writes in the introduction to the new book, an excerpt of which was released to Associated Press.

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