Well, like him or loath him, Donald Trump certainly knows how to capture the limelight. There have not been many days in his first term when he has not been on the tv or making a headline.
In his latest at the US Polling Station, he doubted the legitimacy of the postal voting system. So, what should we now read into that comment, or should we just ignore it as another one of his Trumpisms?
It was not that long ago that he inferred that there could be some benefits from disinfection as a medication for Covid-19.
I was sat at home watching the news trying to glaze over all the doom and gloom which was offered to us by the media, when again, the attention was drawn to the US with the President stood at his daily press briefing. This was back in April 2020 a long time before he had any signs of the illness, let alone being admitted to hospital to be treated for the virus.
I chuckled to myself knowing the media frenzy that was about to ensue. This comment flashed around the world immediately with countries condemning the comments, politicians being asked if they endorsed his idea with some of them left to flounder as they avoided that illusive direct answer.
There is something in this I thought. Chatting with mates on Zoom confirmed my new project, as the conversation centred around the image of Trump in hospital. I didn’t go as far as some of the suggestions with Trumps limp hair dangling over his face revealing his bald head perhaps with an inappropriate tattoo confirming a true political belief, laid up on a bed in a hospital corridor somewhere, with his wife searching frantically for their health insurance documents.
So, I started sketching my ideas on a canvas not really thinking what the image would subsequently become. As usual, I took photos and videos of the progress and filed them away and continued adding fine layers of quality oil paints, one on top of the other to create the photorealism depth I enjoy creating. The whole process took 2 months to complete and was finished by the end of June.
Around the beginning of October, it was reported that the President was showing symptoms of Covid-19 and shortly after was admitted into hospital. Of course, the stay was not long, and he soon returned triumphantly to rally the US towards the forthcoming election like only Donald Trump could do.
And now, with a week to go, after 4 years of a different type of politics in the US, he may very well defy the odds and pull a rabbit out of the hat, and return for a second term.
One benefit for me if he is voted back into office, is that I have the next great controversial idea to paint in my mind. Not sure which US political party it will please more, that may be down to interpretation. But what the hell, it could be a long winter!
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