A River Runs Through It

By Morgan Bricca October 10, 2010

Recreating a Treasured Family Creek

Last month I painted a landscape along a 75′ long retaining wall at the rennovated home of Mary and Kent Gustafson. Their family spends their summers in the cabin Kent went to as a boy, where he would fish in the creek that runs alongside. This is a sacred place to their family, where they spend time relaxing outside of their busy lives. They gained a large, beautiful subterranean living space from the remodel, but the windows looked out onto a plain stucco wall. Now, with their new murals, they can jog (on their treadmill) along the creek scene I have painted, and be reminded of one of the places that makes them happiest. And yes, I did stock the stream with trout.

Recreating a Treasured Family Creek

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Morgan Bricca
Morgan Mural Studios

IN THIS ISSUE
INSPIRATION
The beginning is the most important part of the work.

– Plato

“How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.”

-Anne Frank

WHAT’S ON MORGAN’S IPOD
Michael Franti. I can’t get enough! If you want to feel good, put this guy on your iPod. His latest CD with Spearhead is awesome!

A great lyric here: “We can bomb the world to pieces but we can’t bomb it into peace.”

I danced for 4 days straight at Strawberry Music Festival during Labor Day Weekend. My favorite bands from the event were:

Railroad Earth

Martin Sexton

Girlyman (I like their promo line: Imagine the Indigo Girls got together with Paul Simon and created Peter, Paul and Mary – only sexier.)

SHOUT OUT TO…
My children’s local public school has a new principal, Sandra McGonagle. She gets two thumbs up from me as well as a “Shout Out” for being willing to spark dialog about how to foster creative thinking and engaged students among other topics in her weekly newsletters. Here are some tidbits you might enjoy that I found in her missives:

Math Class Needs a Makeover

The Awareness Test

She also turned me on to the book Mindset: The New Psychology of Success which is inspiring me to embrace a growth mindset in life!

GOOD READS
Talent Is Overrated by Geoff Colvin

Colvin proposes that skill mastery comes from focused, enthusiastic practice; quality of as much as quantity of practice. From where I sit, I couldn’t agree with him more.

I just wish I had more time to practice being patient!

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.