Morgan's Mural Blog

Feb 28, 2017
"Strange Bird", Minted Headquarters, San Francisco. Design by Katja Ollendorf

Chiara Spataro flew from Italy to come paint this Strange Bird mural with me on the front of the Minted building in downtown San Francisco. During her three week stay, we had a total of four days dry enough to paint. At the very least she returned home well rested.

The "Strange Bird" mural pictured above was designed by San Francisco based artist Katja Ollendorf, winner of the annual mural design competition for Minted featured artists...

Jan 27, 2017
Cranes on Gold Leaf, Pabu Restaurant, Boston, MA

When I read that President Obama spent his last day in office painting a mural with his family at a homeless shelter in DC, it hit home for me: Mural art is enjoying a huge renaissance.

For most of the past fifteen years that I have been painting murals, they have been, honestly, terribly out of fashion. I experienced firsthand the transformation they could offer a room or public space, but I was swimming in a very small stream of interested clients. (May God bless each and every one of them.) Most of my work was children's rooms and schools. Unless you hitched your business identity to themed mural art like Fry's or Trader Joes (I painted murals for both) you would definitely stay within the safe confines of framed art and clean beige exterior walls...

Dec 30, 2016

2016 Rap Up

Another trip around the sun and here we are again
A chance to assess our year with equanimity and zen

Whether you are Bahá’í or nudist, scorpio or cancer
What we do with our time is our own question to answer

For me it is art; the bigger the better
Each mural I paint is another love letter

In 2016 my skills were broadened and stretched
I aimed for something singular with each design I sketched

In the beginning there is a moment of greatness to which I do attest
It’s the moment the client comes forward to give the project a bold “yes”

Nov 22, 2016

This month I held my first master class. My goal was to train a handful of people how to paint an exterior mural so they could share their creative gifts with the world through public art projects. Out of a field of talented applicants, I selected candidates who had already established art businesses, and who could most likely put to use what they learned and expand their art offerings.

I chose the apprenticeship model for this class- out of the classroom and into the world- because I wanted to share all aspects of the work. The “real work”. From the bid to concept development, wall preparation to painting and wrap up, I invited the class along with me through the entire life cycle of the project...

Oct 28, 2016

When you think of the artwork at your local bank, what comes to mind?

Chances are, nothing memorable. Unless, of course, you happen to bank at San Mateo Credit Union in Redwood City. Their new branch features a colorful fifty-foot mural of the downtown areas of Redwood City, and its residents enjoying live music on the square. The mural is not particularly "bankerly". It is painted in a loose style, where everyone is having fun and no one is wearing a suit. But San Mateo Credit Union is not a bank, and the mural is the first hint to everyone who enters the branch that there is a substantial difference between the two...