Landscapes, Seascapes and Pirates!

By Morgan Bricca July 13, 2011

Tranquility Landscape

Karen and Erik Zucker commissioned me to paint this for over their fireplace in their living room. At first, they were interested in another painting I had finished, of the Stanford dish area. However, once I explained to them how fun the custom painting process was, that we could design it to be the exact size they need, in the right color palette for the room, that we could include their dog and a bit of vineyard in the distance, and that my comissioned paintings are the same pricing as my finished work (I like to reward the brave of heart), they commissioned this painting. I think I want to paint another one just like it for my hearth… What would your dream landscpae be?

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A Pirate Submarine

One of the best parts of my job as a mural artist is the co-creative aspect of my work. On a recent project, my co-creator was six-year old Maya. She had lots of cool ideas, and together we pieced them together to create her dream hideout in a crawl space closet off of her bedroom. In her mind, the closet was a pirate submarine that needed a high tech control panel (although there was some disappointment the buttons didn’t really work and she could not play video games on the screen). These pirates also collected fish and rare sea life, and then took notes on what they fine and see (including four mermaids playing hide and seek) on the handy corkboard that was on board the ship. These days, high tech pirates and collecting tropical fish are both loaded subjects. I enjoy seeing the world through the imagination of a six-year old. Reality is much more flexible.

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Paradise Nursery

Last month Ban and Albert Yalda invited me down to San Diego to paint the nursery for their soon-to-be-born daughter. They chose a soft La Jolla Shores inspired landscape. I hope Ban can hear the waves break on the shore as she rocks her daughter to sleep.

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Blessings to you!

Morgan Bricca
Morgan Mural Studios

IN THIS ISSUE
Why A Mural?
There are lots of options out there in terms of framed art, wallpaper, faux finish… why would you choose a mural? I interviewed past clients on why a mural was the right choice for them and made a video with their responses. Watch the video now.
Inspiration
The whole world as we experience it visually, comes to us through the mystic realm of color.

Hans Hoffmann

In the News
Last month I had a great write up in the Los Altos Weekly called “Wall to Wall Beauty”. Read the article here!
Shout Out To…
The anonymous donor of a half dozen fruit transport containers from Costco left on my front porch a couple weeks ago. The person must know me well because few people know how much I covet these trays to mix my paints in. They have 15 half cup molds that are great for keeping peaches from getting bruised or for mixing all the colors of the rainbow. You cannot buys these trays from the company, they are made exclusively for Costco.

Now you have my inside tip for the best paint trays ever. If anyone lives nearby and wants to recycle their plastic stone fruit containers from Costco, they will be very well received on my doorstep!

What’s on my iPod
I have been listening to the Sacred Awakening Series while I paint. I enjoy the thoughtful speakers who come from a variety of spiritual paths, but they all share great hope for my individual capacity to advance down my own spiritual path. No one told me there was no hope for me – what a relief! There is a library of 75 speakers, and you can download any of the 50 minute interviews for free. Some of my favorites: Adyashanti, Cheri Huber, Ocean Robbins, Julia Butterfly Hill, Robert Browning, and Sadhguru Jagsi Vasudev. Check it out!

 

Inspiration II
Success is not the key to happiness, happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful.

Buddha

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