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?
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.
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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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.
The whole world as we experience it visually, comes to us through the mystic realm of color.
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!
Success is not the key to happiness, happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful.
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.