Feeling the Goodwill in Sunnyvale

By Morgan Bricca March 3, 2014
It's a bird... It's a plane...

I am currently creating a series of murals celebrating the history of Sunnyvale on three sides of a Goodwill building in the historic downtown area. The response has been amazing! Lot’s of shout-outs from drivers and people walking by, offering support and encouragement as I paint. I worked closely with the historical society when developing the content, but I am being watched like a hawk by Sunnyvale “old timers” that come out to share with me firsthand their memories. Yesterday, I had a nanogenerian arguing with me about whether the sprinkling trucks were used on crops or only roads, and I sent him over to the Heritage Museum to debate it with the docents there. I wanted to tell him “Sir, I’m not the boss, I just work here”.

Click here to read yesterdays Mercury News article about the project.

The Sprinkling Wagon

The Well-Fed Artist

Almost everyone has someone in their family that was/is an artist. We are the creative types that are can easily keep ourselves occupied with observation, experiementation, and a drive to create. While that pretty much sums up all humans, making a living as an artist is not for everyone. To dymistify the unique challenges faced by artist entreprenuers (entreprenartists?), I created a series of three videos to share my best insights for success. The three videos cover:

Taking the Leap: Is becoming a professional artist right for you?

First Steps: Getting Your Art Business Started

Gain Momentum: Fine Tune your Art Business to Thrive

If you know of anyone pursuing (or considering pursuing) a career in the arts, feel free to pass them along.

I will be out painting on the corner of E. Washington and S. Sunnyvale Avenues all the dry days next week, completing the third mural. Stop by and say “hello”!

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IN THIS ISSUE
New Merit Badges
I passed my tests to become a licensed painting contractor! I am still waiting for my actual license number to be issued to me… One thing I learned in the process is this government regulation agency is in no rush. I hope the being a licensed contractor will add further credibilty to my profile when I bid on large commercial and public works projects in the future.

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I am grateful to my 2013 clients who provided testimonials for Morgan Mural Studios on the Houzz.com website. As a result of so many 5 -Star reviews, I received a “Best of Houzz 2014” award. Whoo hoo!

Inspiration
I am inspired by artist Seb Toussaint! Seb went in to a run down slum in Jakarta, and in 15 days painted almost that many amazing graffitti-style murals. He based the content of each mural on a particular word chosen by the family who’s dwelling he painted.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=COcB4k8Bq1k

Beautiful artwork, video, and storytelling.

This is something I want to do! I have been taking the steps to undertake a project like this this year. Hold me to it! I’ll keep you updated…maybe through a kickstarter campaign.

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Let yourself be silently drawn by the strange pull of what you really love.
It will not lead you astray.

-Rumi

A bird doesn’t sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a song.

-Maya Angelou

Remodeling and Home Design

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