I love to create site specific, people-specific art. This means I have more fun engaging with the who and where and why of the artwork than just hanging out by myself in my studio with a blank canvas and anything goes. Murals have been the perfect fit for my approach. However, now there is something else that has been brewing that also floats my creative boat: Commissioned fine art.
Here’s how it works: I create a series of paintings that are tailored for you. I visit your house and we imagine the perfect size, placement, color palette and subject. We look through photos, maybe take a hike or a bike ride together and visit the vistas that inspire you most, and figure out what it is about that scene that you love. We look at other pieces I have painted to nail down tone, style, and favorites. I will create two (or more) paintings that bring all the elements together, and you get to pick your favorite.
The Watson Mini-Series
Tim Watson is a runner, so his favorite views usually include a path to run on. I took a hike with Tim and his family along the trail behind the stables on Deer Creek. I snapped photos while Tim described the bulls that often sit under the tree on the ridge. You have to look for them, but they made it into the painting, along with the wintered oaks and fading sunlight of the day.
The Orandi Mini-Series
Linda Orandi comes from a family of pistachio farmers. We created this series to celebrate her family business. We worked from photos, and settled on a square, extra deep canvas that would work well with the modern styling of her home. Though we were not sure exactly where the paintings would end up, I worked the vibrant colors she has on the walls in her house. When I came to hang the paintings, I had chills to see how perfectly they fit in their new environment. This series was a birthday gift to her from her husband. Now that is romantic!
The Sturiale Mini-Series
Nick and Michelle Sturiale were looking for a work of art that celebrated the views of the Santa Cruz Mountains for their dining room. The color palette in their house was soft, mostly neutral creams, so the painting was going to bring a pop of color to the space no matter what. I used very soft blues in the sky and kept the colors subdued in both a golden summery path painting and a vibrant meadow landscape, both up near Montebello Preserve.
The mini-series package includes any canvas size under 5′ wide, an in-home consultation and a field trip if needed. I create two paintings from the subject of your choice, and you choose your favorite. The cost for the first canvas is $3000, and if you would like both, the second canvas can be purchased for an additional $2200.
I prefer to paint two paintings, rather than just one because it allows me creative leeway, and also let’s the clients have the choice in case one of my ideas doesn’t pan out. So far, I have always sold both!
Please e-mail me if you are interested in your own mini-series!
I owe a huge thank you to David Troyer, Molly Black, Kathy Cole, Anne Grimes, Bernadette Clavier, Rosemary Heath, Mikey Kindler, Lauren Kowal, Alice Cox, Leslie Toney, and Cara Kuroda! I asked and I received, big time, amazing referrals from these 2013 clients.
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I love Macklemore & Ryan!
Disclaimer: It is rap. It is also incredibly creative, intelligent, and a blast to listen to. I apologize in advance to the artists- I know a 40-year-old white suburban mom giving a rap artist an endorsement is akin to a death wish.
I was born and raised in West L.A. but my parents sent me to an inner city elementary school where I was one of five white kids, including my brother. The white kids were a slim slice of the pie in middle and high school as well. There is no way, considering my peer group, I was going to emerge from adolescence a country music fan. So, maybe I can get a hall pass for my love of hip-hop and rap. These days, when I can find an artist in that genre who’s lyrics are not completely insulting to women, I call it intelligent and eat it up! Check them out!
I am incredibly inspired by my friends, Jon and Caren McCormack, who struck up a friendship with a man from Kilgoris while on a safari at Kenya’s Maasai Mara game reserve. What started with a small donation for instruments at the man’s church has, over the past 15 years, grown to an impressive organization that has built seven schools and is also addressing community survival through digging wells, planting trees, sewing school uniforms and other economic development projects.
Jon is a fabulous photographer and his photography blog JonMcCormack Photography features compelling photos and stories from his international travel.
I am reminded by their story to continue to reach out and make friends with people who are not from my “tribe”. And to not be afraid to trust. Beautiful works and friendships can bloom from the first steps of reaching out.
Dave and I have officially reinstated date nights. Neither one of us likes to plan very much, so we decided to stick to a set formula: after chair massages, we try an inexpensive restaurant we have never been to before. We have made great dining discoveries, and the novelty makes each date memorable.
A few weeks ago we were looking for a place to eat late, so the places at the top of our “untried” list were already closed. We decided to try a place on El Camino I have driven by hundreds of times, less than a mile from my house: Tommy Thai. The sign and exterior look remarkably uninviting, unless you were in the oil change business.
I pulled open the door with a bit of dread…. and couldn’t have been more surprised. The interior is gorgeous and inviting, and the owners served and cooked the food themselves. I had a plate of authentic Cambodian food that was phenomenal.
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.