There was dust and noise, mud and port-a-potties. Yet this 2000 square foot wall mural was an incredibly fun project. I spent 7 weeks covering the retaining walls around an indoor play space with every trick in my bag: landscapes and people, trompe l’oeil and perspective as well as distressed finishes, rusted cars, lettering, and lots and lots of bricks.
It is crazy, but true, that on Sunday afternoons I would start to get butterflies, butterflies, about going to work on Monday. I loved working on such a large canvas, with such a varied and creative subject.
It amazes me any homeowner could stay so incredibly relaxed through the planning and “ugly stage” of the mural process, particularly when, as in the case with a large wall, the ugly stage lasts a lot longer! I was showered with their enthusiasm, creative ideas, and also given lots of artistic license.
1945 Cadillac in the auto body shop
A View Down Main Street
Boys outside Lo-Lo’s bakery
The daughters did some finger painting in the flowers…
Outside the arcade
1965 Ford Truck
Sara Fina School of Dance
Running to the Soccer Fields
Country Sunshine Store
During this project I realized how much I love being immersed in a big project. I dream in the design at night and paint so much during the day that after work the whole world starts to look like a painting to me.
I hope your new year is off to a great start. Thank you for letting me share my fun with you!
The difference between the impossible and the possible lies in a person’s determination.
Your present circumstances don’t determine where you can go; they merely determine where you start.
We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give.
I will blame it on my kids.
At 8 and almost 11 they are discovering pop music, and come home reciting some pretty crazy lyrics they have learned on the playground. I must admit that as a child, despite my older brothers careful tutelage in classic rock, and my moms daily dousing of classical music, I also suffered a predilection towards Cindi Lauper and Madonna. I turned out more or less okay despite knowing every line in Vanilla Ice, Ice Baby so I have been embracing my kids musical preferences at home. I occasionally join my kids in hollering along at the top of my lungs to Maroon 5 Payphone or Owl City You Don’t Know You’re Beautiful.
However, between the background noise on the jobsite, and my new premium subscription to Slacker Radio, during this project there was a total takeover of “Dance Hits” music into my life. With Slacker, I can cache all sorts of commercial-free channels on my phone each night, and then stream them during the day on my cell phone, even when I am out of cell range.
On this project I quickly discovered that my typical repertoire of non fiction books on tape, ambient, or even coffeehouse type stations were no match for the hammering and table saws in my immediate environment. With Ludacris blasting in my headphones, I didn’t lose the beat even with a jackhammer going overhead.
The result has been listening to Slacker’s “Party Hits” station all day long while I painted this mural. That’s over 200 hours of party hits! I was in a spa/chanting jag for the months prior, trying to rewire my brain to become a more peaceful, enlighted being. If I harbored any hope that what I listened to might influence my thinking, then I should be seriously worried about the repurcussions of my musical descent. I think my brain has been completely rewired, but I will need to get “Call Me Maybe” out of my head before I can sort it all out.
My new favorite “drive to work” song: Brand New Day by Joshua Radin
Ten Easy Steps To Finding Peace:
1. Don’t believe anything anybody tells you about how to find peace.
2. Don’t listen to gurus telling you their system works.
3. Pay no attention to books telling you how easy it is.
4. Don’t put any stock in ten-minute blog posts.
5. Don’t absorb the media that filters the world for you.
6. Don’t listen to governments telling you what you should be afraid of.
7. Don’t listen to businesses telling you what you need.
8. Don’t believe in anything.
9. Don’t even try to find peace.
10. When you’re ready to pay no attention to all of these, just sit quietly in nature. Or pick up a paintbrush.
From the blog of Simon Paul Harrison. Except for the last sentence.
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.