Come Dance With Me!

By Morgan Bricca September 20, 2011

Please join me on Saturday, October 8 for the grand opening of my show at Avalon Art and Yoga Center! The reception will start at 8 PM, and dancing at 9 PM. Avalon is located at 370 S. California Avenue in Palo Alto. I have created a new series of local landscapes that will be “unveiled” at the show. These landscapes are the basis for a new line of custom mural wallpapers I am creating, which will also be on display.

Stanford Dish Enrance 4′ x 8′ acrylic on panel

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Frequent Flyer Clients

I was looking over my calendar last month and realized about half of my scheduled projects were from repeat clients. Murals are a big investment, and it might seem like a unique, once in a lifetime thing. What was going on?

First of all, I take it as a huge compliment that someone can live with my art for many years, and enjoy the artwork and experience enough to want to work with me again. But I think it is part of a bigger phenomenon: people who have lived with mural art that is specific for them, and specific for their space, can best appreciate how custom art celebrates their interests and makes their space feel special.

Right now I am working at Juana Briones Elementary School, where 4 years ago I painted a 100 foot long mural depicting native Palo Alto landscape and featured the schools namesake, Juana Briones in the mural. From the ripples that come back to me, I know the mural is enjoyed, by the students, teachers, parents and neighbors. The mural is relevant – it is the school’s native environment, the kids study California history and I include many animal and plant species that come up in science and social studies lessons. The other side of the school, the “primary wing” where I am working now, boasts beautfiul raised beds for vegetables, fruit trees, shade trees, and benches. But because they can compare the primary wing to the other side of the school, the side with the mural, they can tangibly sense the dramatic difference a mural would make as a backdrop. So, they have fundraised. Parents, neighbors, and teachers are all contributing independently. They are contributing because they enjoy and appreciate the art that is already making a difference in the school environment, and they know that custom artwork will transform their “primary wing” as well. I look forward to sharing the images from this project with you in next months newsletter!

A Room with a New View

Last month I had the privilege of painting for a repeat client in Los Angeles, Carol Kreitz. About 4 years ago, Carol hired me to paint a 4′ x 7′ painting of her siblings as children, on the beach building a sandcastle. Her parents were touched seeing the happy memory, her neices and nephews argue about which one of the “toys” represents them, and her siblings are endeared by the small details she remembered about their favorite hair bauble or baseball cap. The painting has been enjoyed, and I love that I was able to create something that she treasures.

Carols apartment looks out onto the back of a neighbors garage: a big, blank wall. She had thought about a mural “since she bought the place” and tried to find a local artist that might be a good fit without much luck. (Well, lucky for me I should say.) Carol wanted a garden scene, and when I found out she loved the Huntington gardens, I took a field trip there to gain inspiration for the image I would create on her wall. I have included the before and after images so you can see the transformation.

It is an honor to me that Carol trusted me – twice- to create an image she would be looking at daily for many years to come. She has reported that already there are a lot more neighbors coming by to ogle the artwork. And now she has a blooming, low maintenance garden to look out onto while she eats her breakfast!

Before and after, Carol Kreitz exterior wall mural

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Surprise! Who are you again?

About two years ago I painted a cherry blossom tree in a nursery in San Francisco for Alyssa Phillips. Recently they decided to move out of the city to Black Hawk, CA, and Alyssa was so sad to leave the mural behind!

And here is one for the history books of romantic gestures: unbenknownst to Alyssa, her husband contacted me to come and paint another cherry blossom tree for their new house as a birthday present to Alyssa, on her actual birthday. So I had this great moment where I rang the doorbell, and said “Surprise! Happy Birthday!” And she said, “Who are you again?” “Oh, I am here to paint another mural for you”… (my clients remember my work, not my face, thank goodness…)

But as Alyssa and I hatched out the design for the new room, we morphed it from one cherry blossom tree.. to a whole tree lined street…in Paris! We finished it off with a poised black cat and some vintage streetlamps. Cest la vie!

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If you have made it this far into my newsletter, then you must be a fan, and I look forward to seeing you Oct. 8 at my artist reception!

Blessings to you!

Morgan Bricca
Morgan Mural Studios

IN THIS ISSUE
INSPIRATION

You’ve got to find what you love. Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle.

– Steve Jobs

SHOUT OUT

I’d like to give a shout out to my dear friend, fellow creative professional and “frequent flyer” mural client, Kimberly Perlmutter of Inviting Spaces by Kim. In just a handful of years, she has turned her lifelong passion for gardens into a thriving business. It is beautiful to see the gardens and entryways she is transforming, and also how much joy the whole process brings both to her and her clients. If you have a lifeless entryway or garden, call Kim! 650-776-6123

FUNNY CONVERSATION

I love all the comments and conversations I get to have with students at recess and lunch when kids come hang out and watch me paint. This week a boy sent me fairy hunting. Read about it here.

INVENTION

My daughter likes to cook with me, but she is very sensitive to freshly cut onions. The other day, when I was cutting the onions she ran into her room. A minute later she came out wearing her swim goggles.

And guess what? They worked! My sous chef is now able to help me cut onions!

INSPIRATION II

A possibility was born the day you were born, and it will live as long as you live.

– Marcus Solero

 

Morgan Bricca

Morgan Bricca

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.

WHAT CLIENTS ARE SAYING

Our entire staff enthusiastically appreciates the artistic transformation of our clinic. The kids here for medical services LOVE the murals as well. One of our young patients returned from emergency psychiatric services for a self-harm issue and when she came into our office she had a huge smile upon seeing the mural. It is amazing to all of us how immediately a depressed patient responded to the mural art.

It has been a pleasure to work with you. We love both your work and the positive environment and spirit you have instilled in our kids.  Once again Morgan, thank you so very much from the bottom of my heart.

Warm regards,

Chia-Chen Lee
Juvenile Hall Medical Clinic Pediatrics

Review for Juvenile Hall Mural Project by Chia-Chen Lee

Morgan blew it out of the water.  As a general contractor, I would say my decision to hire Morgan for this mural is one of the best decisions I have made in terms of impact of my work.  Every kid will remember this mural as long as he or she shall live. Watching a child see the mural for the first time is an experience words can’t describe. It’s mesmerizing to them. Adults too, for that matter. It’s a show stopper.  So much better than I could have ever imagined.

I would go out of my very busy way to recommend Ms. Morgan Bricca on every possible level, with no hesitation. Please feel free to call me if you are considering hiring Morgan but can’t quite take the leap. I will be glad to push you in.

Chris Carver
Aquatic Management Group
Raleigh, North Carolina

Mural artist review by Chris Carver

Morgan offers a unique collaborative approach with her clients. On our project, she struck the perfect balance; she listened to our ideas and feedback but very much maintained her role as the creative expert, making us feel comfortable the entire time.

I would absolutely recommend Morgan with no hesitation. With all that she has done, she is going to find the right approach for just about any client.

Jonathan Meyer
VP, Marketing and Community Relations
San Mateo Credit Union

Mural painter review by Jonathan Meyer

We absolutely love our mural! I anticipated that it would add beauty and a much-needed “nature element” onto our campus, I never could have imagined what a huge impact this would have on our school. I have seen countless children, parents, and teachers walk by in awe, totally captivated. Not only does it make our campus a brighter, more beautiful place to learn and play, it reminds our entire community of the tremendous importance of art. This is a gift beyond measure, especially in tech-obsessed silicon valley. Once again, you have exceeded my (already high) expectations!

You are so fun, inspiring and professional to work with and your projects in our kinder yard and now this mural have been my most satisfying collaborations on PTA.

Warmly,

Christy Flahavan
PTA President
Springer Elementary School

Mural Artist Review for Springer Elementary School by Christy Flahavan

The real value and pleasure of working with Morgan was that we connected with her. She was very personable, very sincere, very collaborative, but not one to sit back and let us lead it in a wrong direction. We trusted her completely from the past work she had done for us, and told her, “here is a wall, do something with it – surprise us.” It’s like dealing with a friend.

The murals she has created for us make our home more intimate, warm, and personal. I was surprised at how quickly she worked, how easily it got done, and how watching the process was enlightening. It just flowed; it was like watching a very large masterpiece being created before our very eyes. It was especially interesting when she got into the tonality and the tints. For us, it turned out better than we could have expected. I absolutely recommend her without a doubt.

Mural Painter Review by Sandy Bland

Morgan, the mural you created for our building has been a major attraction for both locals and visitors in Downtown Napa. The transformation of an eye sore, to a work of art, has been nothing short of amazing. I feel a little guilty receiving so many compliments for your work, however that doesn’t stop me from stealing part of your credit. Your attention to detail and sensitivity, bringing the Wappo tribe into the process, unified Napa’s residents with its history. This public recognition of the Wappo Indians is long overdue, reminding us all of a different time in the Napa Valley when nature and people could live harmoniously.

Every day, as I watch children and adults transported to an earlier time in the Napa Valley, I appreciate your ability to be the vehicle for their journey. I hope soon you will return to sprinkle some more fairy dust on another wall, so I can watch your magic talented creations at work.

Thank You,
Michael L Holcomb

Mural Artist Review by Michael L Holcomb

Hi Morgan,

We had an end of the school year party at our house and everyone raved about your mural. I see your name and date, 2012, on it and can’t believe it was 4 years ago.

Just wanted you to know it brings me joy every day.

Warmest,
Josh Weinstock

Mural Artist Review by Josh Weinstock

I have worked with Morgan on five mural projects at our house over the past six years. I love her work and she is a pleasure to work with. Once you see how transformed your space is by the first mural, it is easy to start seeing other rooms that could benefit from a “Morgan”.

Susan Wojicki
CEO, YouTube

Mural Painter Review by Susan Wojicki

Morgan’s work is exquisite. She loves what she does, works extremely fast, and is a true pleasure to work with.

David DaPonte
Architect, HKS

Mural Painter Review by David DaPonte

Without fail, anytime someone comes to our house who hasn’t seen the painting, they comment on it and how much they like it.

Adam King
Director, Intel Corporation

 

Mural Painter Review by Adam King