Here is one great way to spruce up your putting green: paint the most idyllic golf scene, the 13th hole of the Augusta Nationals course, as a backdrop. That should inspire a brilliant put!
Perks of the job: Hanging out in their backyard paradise all week. I was dragging my heels on finishing this project. Also, working with such an enthusiastic client. Talking about the golf green with Josh is like going through colors on a fan deck with Morgan.
The Lobby at Los Gatos Meadows
Los Gatos Meadows is a senior care facility where I painted the “Maggies Place”murals two years ago. They had me back to paint their elevator lobby, which was drab and had a confusing flow due to a big door that wasn’t used for regular traffic, but they were required to keep for fire safety. So, I did my best to make that door disappear! They wanted a soft, sohpisticated, “hand painted wallpaper” look.
Perks of the job: Being referred to as a “young lady” by the residents.
Open Studio Preview
Here is one of my recent paintings that will be on display at my open studio.
A Word on Getting the Word Out
What I have learned in my 12 years painting murals, is when it comes to public and commercial projects, the spark for the idea needs to come through someone other than the artist. Creating art for public spaces is part of the reason I like to paint big murals. However of the maybe 50 businesses and city managed properties I have approached directly, with what I considered to be brilliant ideas, and bubbling full of enthusiasm, I have netted a grand total of 0 of those jobs.
Case in point: When I moved to Los Altos I wanted to make my mark on the town and put a big mural on a big, blank wall that faces the road as you enter the downtown. A colorful and welcoming scene that would celebrate our quaint town. So I worked up some designs, sent out e-mails to the powers that be, showed up at the chamber of commerce and gave them my best sales pitch, and spoke with the artist who created the vignettes that still decorate some areas of Los Altos. The problem is that it doesn’t come off well if an artist is her own salesman, and people really start running if you offer to do it for free. (Free murals are no longer part of my business model.) 5 years later that wall at the entrance to the downtown still sits there blank, staring at me every time I drive in to town.
My point is this: if you see a wall that would be a great place to bring beauty into the world, speak up! Pass along your great idea to the owner and let them know they are sitting on a goldmine of opportunity, and that you know someone who could turn their wall into a landmark! If you are reading this, then you are automatically entered in my Morgan Mural Studios “Referral Rewards Program”, with prizes bigger than a box of cookies, but smaller than a trip to Hawaii. I have learned when it comes to murals, referrals are king. The universe seems to be reinforcing to me that my role is to show up and be of service and to do the absolute best I can with each project. That’s it.
You, my community, are critical to my success. If you like my artwork, it would be fantastic if you spread the word!
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.