Honestly, folks, it just keeps getting better and better. Every project is my favorite, and my latest mural is proof of that pudding. It was so much FUN to paint a mural at my children’s school, a 60′ wall outside the multipurpose room. I am usually spotted on campus in my paint splattered clothes, looking a bit out of place from “normal” society. For a few weeks I got to show off what I do in front of the people I care about most: my kids. Not that they would let on they were proud of their messy old mom; it was “no big deal” at home.
Santa Rita has been around for over 50 years, and many people choose our corner of Los Altos to call home because it is “old school”: friendly and safe, with a small neighborhood school, and lacking in those new-fangled technologies like sidewalks and streetlamps. The undeveloped lots with decrepit fruit trees are fast disappearing, but I wanted to capture an image of what the area would have been like when it was mostly covered in orchards, and overlay that with what defines the school today, which is it’s multicultural identity and emphasis on innovation in education.
Thank you for checking out my latest work. I hope your year is off to a great start. Mine is!
My favorite school principal, Sandra McGonagle turned me on to the blog of Seth Goodin. I LOVE this blog: put it in your RSS feed – so many important ideas for making a difference
in this world!
I enjoyed reading the imperatives for all who come to the TED conferences:
What a great framework for showing up in the world!
WHAT’S ON MY IPOD
My husband, David, who fancies himself as up on the music scene, was mortified when he learned in my last newsletter that Coldplay was new to me. He has since signed me up for Spotify, which will keep me current on what my friends are listening to. So, in an effort to stay on top of the music world, may I recommend to you: Spotify.
I admire Coldplay’s approach to creativity. They are an exceedingly hardworking band. Sometimes I think the hard work and practice to create great works of art is underestimated. I’m just sayin’.
Success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles which he has overcome.
This is very encouraging to me. For better or worse, I am planning MORE how-to videos for 2012. Ever wonder how to paint a field of poppies in an hour? Or how I make those mountains look so realistic? Stay tuned for my next adventure on YouTube!
READ THIS NOW
I highly recommend the book Loving What Is by Byron Katie. I went to a workshop led by Byron Katie this past November, and it has been a huge gift to my life. I can see now that life is wonderful, until I believe my stressful thoughts and make things difficult for myself. I appreciate how she does not impose any particular philosophy, or answers to problems, only the framework for thoughtful self inquiry, to discover what is true for ourselves.
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.