Garden of Eatin’

By Morgan Bricca August 20, 2011

Alta Vista Elementary School in Los Gatos had a big blank wall that faced the street, just behind their promising school garden. It was a perfect storm for Morgan’s paintbrush! They wanted playful images to appeal to the primary grades, with BIG insects and garden inspired elements, but it had to be attractive enough to appease both the neighbors and parents in the school community. I had fun painting 3’ tall strawberries, and a 5’ long lizard. Perks of the job included having two assistants to help prep the wall and paint sunflowers, and also having so many neighbors and families stop by to give me encouraging feedback.

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Oakland Children’s Hospital NICU project

There is a room in the Oakland Children’s hospital where hospital staff bring parents when they have devastating news to deliver, or drastic decisions to make. The room is windowless and bare, with a spare computer on a tray in the corner. It is not a happy space. Then Peggy Thomas came along. You can read more about this amazing woman on my recent blog post. Essentially, she had a vision of what the room could, and should be. And despite limited means and experience with mural projects, took it upon herself to transform the space. She wanted to incorporate the history of the hospital but, more importantly, create an image of beauty and safety that would comfort both the hospital staff and families dealing with a crisis. Perks of the job were working with Peggy, and having her serenade me on the guitar. So sweet.

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Landel Elementary School – Ms. Brommitt’s Bench

Ms. Brommitt was a beloved first grade teacher for over 30 years. When she passed away from cancer last year, the school community wanted to celebrate her special contribution to the school. They considered a plaque or a bench, but then someone on the PTA suggested a mural. Great idea! I interviewed her closest allies on staff to find out what made Cheryl unique, and what images might best represent her. We came up with this sweet scene, painted on the wall outside her classroom. Perks of the job: great music coming from the playground before school (it energized me and the kids) , and meeting Mario Tejeda, the school custodian who brought to his work such a big heart and warm smiles for everyone.

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I am enjoying the peak of summer fruits, weather, and low key lifestyle. I hope you are too!

Blessings to you!

Morgan Bricca
Morgan Mural Studios

IN THIS ISSUE
INSPIRATION

If you are what you should be, you will set the whole world ablaze!

-Saint Catherine of Siena.

ON THE WEB

A boy’s nursery I painted last year was featured on the website Ohdeedoh.com. You can check it out here. The site is fairly popular, and it is a bit strange reading so many reviews (mostly glowing, of course) about my work.

Thanks for showcasing the nursery and the kind words, Anne!

ON MY BOOKSHELF

The Legacy of Luna: The story of a tree, a Woman and the Struggle to Save the Redwoods by Julia Butterfly Hill

I just finished “the Legacy of Luna” by Julia Butterfly Hill about her two year tree sit in an ancient redwood to save it from being cut down and to raise awareness on clear cutting practices of the logging industry at the time. Despite aggressive attacks from all sides (record-breaking bad weather, abuse from loggers, infighting from her support system) she stuck with her deep convictions and on her path to successfully saving Luna, became an inspiration to many and gained popular support that brought about change in the logging industry.

Julia is a great example of following an inner compass. She maintains her ideals without being in judgement of others, and without regard to whether what she was felt compelled to do was popular. She learned she had to be flexible, like the trees in a storm, but she was nothing if not tenacious and rooted in her commitment to save Luna, the ancient Redwood she sat in.

I came away from reading this very inspired about the power each of us have to make a difference.

My So Called Freelance Life: How to Survive and Thrive as a Creative Professional for Hire by Michelle Goodman

This book is funny and useful for newbies and old hats (like me, ouch) making a living outside “the cube”. If you are on the freelance path, I highly recommend it!

IN THE NEWS

Erin Mallory wrote a nice article about what I do forLocal magazine. Check it out here!

VERY FUNNY

I hope you enjoy this youtube creation. It had me in stitches.

“Gettin’ Real in the Whole Foods Parking Lot”

INSPIRATION II

Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.

– Gandhi

 

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