I love to paint trees. From a decorating perspective they serve as great anchors to a room because they introduce a strong unifying element. They can transform a bare corner and are a nice way to add color and life to a room. But they also add a lot of “psychic” nourishment. Trees are living models of being anchors, rooted, full of beauty, grace. Each one is unique, and has it’s own character. I have been painting a lot of trees and also have received lots of inquiries from my website about trees. If it is a trend, I think it is a good one.
Here is a “dream tree” that I painted in my own dining room. I painted the wall first with a magnetic primer so that I can easily collage images and text over the top with the help of magnets instead of more permanent adhesive. The idea is to create a “family dream collage” where everyone contributes to mapping out our dreams for our life.
The quote on the bottom right reads, “There is no end to the adventures we can have if only we seek them with our eyes open.” -Nehru
The Original Dream Tree
It is a fantastic idea, but like most great ideas it came to me through a client. Molly Naughton called me with her “crazy” idea, and I said “Wait, that is not crazy, that is AWESOME!” and, the idea has been expanding and morphing ever since. Here is the tree I painted for Molly. She ordered photos printed on magnetic paper to put on the bottom area of the wall to represent what members of her family wanted to accomplish (trips and fun stuff, I think), and then will order photos to put in the branches of the mural when they have a photo of themselves successfully completing their dreams.
I painted this cherry blossom tree for a 6 year old girls room. Honestly, I think it is appropriate for any age. (Can I have one in my room?) Spring is epitomized by cherry blossoms. Delicate, full of promise, and termporary. Cherry blossoms are simultaneously elegant and inviting. I painted this tree with a great abundance of flowers, instead of the restrained Zen style. I hope Emma enjoys it until she is off to college! Click here for more images of this mural.
Cherries and Fairies
One more cool twist on the theme. Another young girl wanted cherry blossoms and fairies. We created a secret hideout at the base of the tree (under the bunkbed) for her as well. Click here to see more images of this mural.
The Art of Living
I have one last quote from James Michner’s autobiography, that I just wanted to share with all the very special people on my newsletter list:
“The master in the art of living makes little distinction between his work and his play, his labor and his leisure, his mind and his body, his information and his recreation, his love and his religion. He hardly knows which is which. He simply pursues his vision of excellence at whatever he does, leaving others to decide whether he is working or playing. To him, he is always doing both.”
Thank you to all of you for being a part of my creative adventure!
Happiness comes when your work and words are of benefit to yourself and others.
ON MY NIGHTSTAND
Soul Pancake by Rainn Wilson
I had already read through the book before I connected that it was a pet project by the same Rainn Wilson who plays the quirky geek in “The Office”, which I love.
He wrote the book and started the online community of Soul Pancake to “chew on life’s big questions”. I loved the artwork, quotes, and collage style. Lots of creative food for thought sandwiched in with the big questions. The book is a lot of FUN.
“As you go through life, make this your goal:
Keep your eye on the doughnut and not on the hole.”
(I like words of wisdom that extol the virtues of doughnuts.)
Morgan Bricca is a mural artist living and working in the San Francisco Bay Area. Her clients run the gamut from professional creatives, including architects and designers to building owners, school administrators and community advocates. When she is not making art, Morgan enjoys sipping boba tea with her kids and taking naps on the couch.