Field Trip to Mexico

By Morgan Bricca November 28, 2014

I hope you are enjoying your Thanksgiving weekend!

I just returned from a trip to Guanajuato and San Miguel de Allende, Mexico with my mom and my daughter. We had a fantastic time. In Guanajuato we had a “hotel snafu” which resulted in us having to find new hotel at the last minute. I left my mom and daughter safe with the taxi driver as I dashed around to check room availability. There were two hotels on the same street, with the same size room and beds, and the same price. One was plain to the point of stark. The other had hand painted tiles, hand wrought ceiling beams, unique metalwork sconces, and a wood engraved armoire. Like the other room, there was no art on the walls, yet it oozed with charm. Which one would you pick?

Even if you don’t consider yourself a “visual person” or “artistically inclined”, it is a stupid question, right? Weloved our little hotel room in Guanajuato.

On our trip there were at least a dozen decisions like this daily: which restaurant, which park, or which street was most interesting to us? I noticed price point, prominence or efficiency were secondary to me. Given a choice, I gravitated toward the option that offered the most humanity, the most care, the most art. We ate at an expensive restaurant aimed to please tourists but it was stiff and unremarkable in the food and décor. The next night we found a small restaurant off a side street and as soon as we stepped in I was enamored. The restaurant WAS the art and every wall offered something visually and texturally amazing. Before we even sat down I knew the meal was going to be a highlight of my trip.

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I may be more visually sensitive to the environment than most, but to me art is so much more that what is hanging on the walls. Art is the humanity, the care, and the thoughtful design of the space. And why not? Creating a space of care for yourself or for other to enjoy does not have to be an expensive endeavor. Whether you have a fine art collection, bought your favorite piece at a discount store or your children’s artwork is your favorite thing to put on your wall, take the time to curate an environment for yourself that resonates with you and delights your soul!

Nicole’s Room – Try This at Home!

I collaborated with Svetlana Donets for her daughter’s room in their new home. We were aiming for a super soft garden backdrop with a bold and dynamic element in the foreground. And sparkles. Lot’s o’ sparkles.

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If you want to really delight your young daughter: sparkles. It is one of the easiest tricks in my bag. A past client and his daughter developed an advanced sparkle delivery tool. Owing to the young inventors age-induced speech impediment it was aptly named a “farkle gun”. While I think it would violate the patent that is certainly pending, I will share with you the basic recipe: Insert and tape a straw to one corner of a plastic baggie filled with sparkles. Cut a hole on the other side of the baggie so when you blow through the straw: watch out! Sparkle heaven! How to get the sparkles to stick on the wall? Use a clear faux finish glaze. It acts like glue and dries clear. The glaze may have a slightly different sheen than your wall so be sure you either “sparkle” the whole wall or paint the glaze in a specific shape (Hearts! Stars! Her name!). Nicole’s mural also has glow in the dark highlights, so day or night it has a touch of magic.

Svetlana and Morgan

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Alex’s Room

After a successful collaboration in Nicole’s room, we jumped into a four wall mural for Svetlana’s son, Alex. He was only a baby but we wanted to create something that would grow with him throughout his childhood. I painted a nature scene, the idyllic backdrop for a boy’s life that might be spent fishing or climbing a big tree, but left out the cartoon airplanes or cars that might make the room feel “babyish” to a ten year old. With this kind of open ended backdrop she can hang airplane models from the ceiling or removable stick-on hot air balloons or pteradactyls to match Alex’s changing interests. The mural can be a canvas for Alex’s interests and daydreams to populate the landscape. In the meantime, the parents can enjoy the peaceful respite of rolling hills, hawks, frogs and cloudscape while they rock their infant son to sleep.

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It is not December yet, so I am going to ignore Christmas organizing for one more day and instead intend to snuggle up at home with my family!

Sending blessings to you and your family,

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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