"The Summer Before The War" by Bruce Brown

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The Summer Before The War #10

Digital paintings by Bruce Brown


"The Summer Before The War, June 8, 2002" by Bruce Brown, form "The Summer Before The War" (2002)

The Summer Before The War
June 8, 2002

Artist's Note: I created "The Summer Before The War" series during the summer of 2002, when it became apparent that George W. Bush was "hell bent" on war with Iraq.

As I travelled through America that summer and fall, I was frequently struck by the almost etherial, out-of-time beauty that I encountered from the shores of the Pacific to the high mountains of the West. It was as if there was a rare, quivering poignancy in the air as America's corporate-controlled mass media and its Christian, dumb-think President ("Stupid President - Stupid War") were beating the drums of war up to a frenzied pitch.

At the time, it made me think of stories I'd heard from my parents of the summer of 1942 -- and seen depicted in the film The Summer of '42 -- a halcyon, almost innocent time before the world forever changed. So here's a look back at America as it was in the summer of 2002, "The Summer Before The War."

-- Bruce Brown
July 4, 2008

P.S. On a technical note, the images in this series began as photographs, were rendered with a combination of artistic brushes in Photoshop 5, and finally hand painted with a Wacom Intuos stylus. Regarding digital painting, see Catalog of Bruce Brown Retrospective (2003).

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