“You know that rustic, old world Tuscan look? That is not what we are looking for.”
Thus began Morgan’s collaboration with Sonia and Rajeev Rai to transform their great room ceiling into a masterpiece with ornate scrollwork, richly layered gold leaf and over 400 Swarovski crystals. This is fabulous all the way and the results are stunning! They will finish off the trim with gold leaf molding, LED lighting, and a long chandelier with hanging crystals in the middle.
On this project I had two awesome assistants: Pedro Fernandez and Chiara Spataro. Both have mural businesses in their home countries of Spain and Italy, respectively. It was easy and fun to work alongside such seasoned creatives. While they were enjoying living out their dreams in the bay area, I was imagining my studio was magically relocated to Lake Como, Italy, where Chiara is from. We broke for strong coffee every day at 11, and had long lunches in the early afternoon. Va bene, va bene.
Live at the Four Seasons
It was a privilege to paint at the annual gala fundraiser for the Raphael House. If you ever wanted to see Morgan painting in a dress, here it is!
I added some “Aloha” flourishes inside and out of this playhouse designed by Cara Kuroda, currently on display at the Stanford Shopping Center. These playhouses will be auctioned off as a fundraiser for Rebuilding Together Peninsula: Dreams Happen. The big event is June 1. I hope to see you there!
I just finished the book Imagine by Jonah Lehrer. I was highly skeptical of a thick hardbound book with the tagline “How Creativity Works”.
By the end of the book I was reading the coda, the footnotes, acknowledgements, and back to reading the intro I had initially skipped. I devoured it!
If you like any of Malcolm Gladwell’s books, you will probably like this book.
Thoughtful criticism is an important part of the creative process, it makes the creation better.
Aha’s typically don’t come from thinking harder. They come from a change of focus, new perspective or mindset, or taking a hot shower.
Positive moods, daydreaming, and exposure to the color blue can double your creative output.
Foul temperament and depression help people slog through the refining process of creativity better.
Because of these two things, it is highly advantageous to be bipolar if you are an artist! (He cites an amazing study: two thirds of sample influential European artists were bipolar. Wow!)
Cross discipline study, exposure to new or challenging ideas, being an “outsider”, or living in a city all positively correlate with increased creativity (in the form of patents).
The most creative teams are comfortable with each other, but not too entrenched with long working relationships.
An analysis of what makes Silicon Valley so successful creatively.
And so much more! Read the book!
Despite a lack of natural ability, I did have the one element necessary to all early creativity: naivete, that fabulous quality that keeps you from knowing just how unsuited you are for what you are about to do.
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.