Morgan's Mural Blog https://www.morganmurals.com/blog/rss en Is a Mural in your Future? Two Offerings... https://www.morganmurals.com/blog/mural-your-future-two-offerings <table border="0" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td align="center"> <table border="0" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td align="center"> <table border="0" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td align="center"> <h2 class="rteleft"> A Morgan Mural is Up for Auction!</h2> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center"> <table border="0" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td align="left"> <p>I enjoy a warm and close relationship with each of my teenagers. It is one of the aspects of my life I am most proud of, even though I am sure I cannot take any credit. It feels like both grace and winning the lottery. If there is any credit due for the outcome, I would like to give a big thank you and shout out to&nbsp;<a href="https://www.handinhandparenting.org/">Hand in Hand Parenting</a>. I found out about them when my children were babies, and the&nbsp; tools and skills I learned through their training dramatically changed how I parented. That is why, this week, I am donating a&nbsp;<a href="https://www.charityauctionstoday.com/auctions/handinhand-6184/items/bedroommural-111941?category_id=0" style="background-color: transparent;">custom mural for the Hand in Hand Parenting silent auction fundraiser</a>, with a $5000 value. This auction is open to YOU, whether you are a parent or just want to support an amazing organization that happens to be changing the world, one parent at a time. The winner of the mural auction item will receive a custom mural of approximately 8&#39; x 12&#39;, or a custom painting*. Your custom Morgan mural expereince is also a tax write off! The winning bid is a fully deductible donation to Hand in Hand, a 501(c)(3).If you have been thinking about a mural for your kids room, dining room, or patio wall, make sure you bid before the&nbsp;<a href="https://www.charityauctionstoday.com/auctions/handinhand-6184/items/bedroommural-111941?category_id=0" style="background-color: transparent;">auction closes on Friday</a>.</p> <p>*If the winner is outside the bay area** I will mail a painting up to 40&#39; x 72&quot; in size.&nbsp;</p> <p>**If the winner resides in Hawaii, Belize, or other tropical destination, they would automatically qualify for the onsite mural experience.</p> <p>I invite you to check out the&nbsp;<a href="https://www.handinhandparenting.org/">Hand in Hand website</a>&nbsp;to discover the many offerings they provide to support the difficult work of parenting.&nbsp;I also recommend the book&nbsp;<em><a href="http://newsletter.morganmurals.com/t/r-l-jtlhjig-akruduij-u/">Listen:&nbsp;</a></em><em><a href="https://smile.amazon.com/Listen-Simple-Everyday-Parenting-Challenges/dp/0997459301/">Five Simple Tools to Meet Your Everyday Parenting Challenges</a></em><a href="http://newsletter.morganmurals.com/t/r-l-jtlhjig-akruduij-x/">,</a>&nbsp;an encouraging reference for navigating the emotional challenges of parenting.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <div> <img label="Image" src="https://www.morganmurals.com/sites/default/files/imgpaste/i1.cmail19.com-montage-for-newsletter.203806.jpg" style="height: auto !important;" width="100%" /> <div class="rtecenter" style="margin-left:auto;"> <em><span style="font-size:14px;">A basement wall transformed in Palo Alto, CA</span></em></div> </div> <h3> &nbsp;</h3> <h2> Second Offering: A Course in Mural Painting</h2> <p>I am offering a master class in&nbsp;<a href="https://www.morganmurals.com/mural-painting-workshop?utm_medium=email&amp;utm_campaign=Is+a+Mural+in+your+Future+Two+Offerings&amp;utm_content=Is+a+Mural+in+your+Future+Two+Offerings+CID_4dac5b4c391ed51402c27fcbb7f041ea&amp;utm_source=Email+Newsletter&amp;utm_term=The+Art+and+Business+of+Painting+Murals">The Art and Business of Painting Murals</a>&nbsp;beginning February 25, 2019. During the week together we will transform a school with mural art while learning the ins and outs of coordinating an exterior mural project. There are four spots remaining for this course.</p> <p><a href="https://www.morganmurals.com/mural-painting-workshop?utm_medium=email&amp;utm_campaign=Is+a+Mural+in+your+Future+Two+Offerings&amp;utm_content=Is+a+Mural+in+your+Future+Two+Offerings+CID_4dac5b4c391ed51402c27fcbb7f041ea&amp;utm_source=Email+Newsletter&amp;utm_term=Apply+for+the+workshop+here">Apply for the workshop here</a>.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <div> <img label="Image" src="https://www.morganmurals.com/sites/default/files/imgpaste/i2.cmail19.com-PandaPainters.210051.jpg" style="height: auto !important;" width="100%" /> <div style="margin-left:auto;"> <div> <div class="rtecenter" style="margin-left: auto;"> <em><span style="font-size:14px;">The 2016 Mural Workshop: The Panda Painters</span></em></div> </div> <div> &nbsp;</div> </div> </div> <p>I just wrapped up this patio mural at a private residence in Burlingame last month. If you have been thinking about taking the leap for a mural, but you are not sure what you want painted, don&#39;t worry I will help you come up with a concept.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <div> <img label="Image" src="https://www.morganmurals.com/sites/default/files/imgpaste/i3.cmail19.com-Garden-Wall-Mural-for-Newsletter.072429.jpg" style="height: auto !important;" width="100%" /> <div style="margin-left:auto;"> &nbsp;</div> </div> <p>The silent auction featuring a Morgan mural closes this Friday, so be sure to&nbsp;<a href="https://www.charityauctionstoday.com/auctions/handinhand-6184/items/bedroommural-111941?category_id=0">bid today.</a></p> <p>Thank you for your support!</p> <p>With love,</p> <img height="49" src="https://www.morganmurals.com/sites/default/files/imgpaste/i8.cmail19.com-morgan-signature-bold-2x.gif" width="160" /> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <div> &nbsp;</div> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>&nbsp;</p> Thu, 15 Nov 2018 00:00:00 +0000 Morgan Bricca 481 at https://www.morganmurals.com Stranded on a Roof in Napa and Other Improbable Adventures https://www.morganmurals.com/blog/stranded-on-a-roof-in-napa-and-other-improbable-adventures <table border="0" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> </tr> <tr> <td align="center"> <table border="0" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td align="left"> <a href="https://www.morganmurals.com/murals/public-murals/beckstoffer_farm__napa" style="background-color: transparent; font-size: 18px;"><img label="Image" src="https://www.morganmurals.com/sites/default/files/imgpaste/i1.createsend1.com-jl_souza-Morgan-Painting.145529.jpg" style="height: auto !important;" width="100%" /></a> <div style="margin-top:0;margin-bottom:0;margin-right:auto;margin-left:auto;padding-top:10px;padding-bottom:0;padding-right:0;padding-left:0;text-align:center;font-size:12px;font-style:italic;line-height:1.5em;color:#5F6C72;"> Photo courtesy of JL Souza and the Napa Register</div> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>You might be surprised to learn it is the first time this has happened to me, but getting stuck on a roof is actually quite an accomplishment. First of all, the battery on your cell phone has to run out of juice. Otherwise, you could just call a lifeline, like those cute guys that live over at the fire department to come rescue you, and that would be a great story. You also have to have the door you entered through to get on the roof locked behind you. This is&nbsp;improbable, unless someone happened to come by and notice the door was unlocked, and do you the unexpected favor of locking it. I had a dedicated scissor lift operator to take me up and down from the sidewalk as needed, to make absolutely certain my current predicament would be impossible, but that day I had decided to work late, and Joseph had gone home for the day. One is not properly stuck unless one has a single remaining option: to holler at the top of your lungs in the general direction of the street below.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <div> <a href="https://www.morganmurals.com/murals/public-murals/beckstoffer_farm__napa"><img label="Image" src="https://www.morganmurals.com/sites/default/files/imgpaste/i2.createsend1.com-Beckstoffer-Mural-Panorama.061341.jpg" style="height: auto !important;" width="100%" /></a> <div style="margin-top:0;margin-bottom:0;margin-right:auto;margin-left:auto;padding-top:10px;padding-bottom:0;padding-right:0;padding-left:0;text-align:center;font-size:12px;font-style:italic;line-height:1.5em;color:#5F6C72;"> A panorama view from the roof</div> </div> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>This mural was commissioned by Andy Beckstoffer, who has been growing grapes for wine in Napa for 48 years. Mr Beckstoffer purchased and renovated the original Napa Register Building located on the corner of Coombs and Main Street, and the mural was the final phase of the renovation. The mural depicts the Beckstoffer farm in Rutherford. Only a sliver of the seventy-foot long mural can be see from the street, but Archer guests with east facing rooms can enjoy the full view.</p> <p>A highlight of the project for me was staying at the newly built Archer Hotel. I would dock them one star in my review because of their slow response time to the concerned citizens telling them there was a woman stuck on their roof. They simply didn&#39;t believe it. When they finally came up to unlock the patio door of my room, which is how I got on the roof, they asked for ID before they would let me in. On second thought, they deserve that fifth star back because their security is so good.</p> <p>&nbsp;You can watch the mural being painted start to finish in this video:</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <div> <a href="https://www.morganmurals.com/videos/beckstoffer-vineyards-mural-downtown-napa"><img label="Image" src="https://www.morganmurals.com/sites/default/files/imgpaste/i3.createsend1.com-Beckstoffer-YouTube-Video.144840.jpg" style="height: auto !important;" width="100%" /></a> <div style="margin-top:0;margin-bottom:0;margin-right:auto;margin-left:auto;padding-top:10px;padding-bottom:0;padding-right:0;padding-left:0;text-align:center;font-size:12px;font-style:italic;line-height:1.5em;color:#5F6C72;"> Click to watch a time lapse of the mural being painted.</div> </div> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The Napa Register sent over J.L Souza, their photo editor, to cover the project. It turns out that he was born on the same island in the Azores, Portugal, where I painted fifteen&nbsp;<a href="https://www.morganmurals.com/murals/public-murals/nature-is-home" style="background-color: transparent;">&quot;Nature is Home&quot; bird murals</a>&nbsp;last summer. I would put my odds of meeting someone from that teeny-tiny island in the middle of the Atlantic even lower than my odds of getting stuck on a roof, but life is full of surprises. J.L. generously featured photos of the mural&nbsp;<a href="https://napavalleyregister.com/news/local/a-blah-second-story-wall-in-downtown-napa-now-radiates/article_6de7f282-51a7-5586-89ba-6efd2a030276.html" style="background-color: transparent;">on the front page</a>&nbsp;of that week&#39;s Napa Register.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <div> <a href="https://www.morganmurals.com/murals/public-murals/beckstoffer_farm__napa"><img label="Image" src="https://www.morganmurals.com/sites/default/files/imgpaste/i4.createsend1.com-Beckstoffer-Farm.150948.jpg" style="height: auto !important;" width="100%" /></a> <div style="margin-top:0;margin-bottom:0;margin-right:auto;margin-left:auto;padding-top:10px;padding-bottom:0;padding-right:0;padding-left:0;text-align:center;font-size:12px;font-style:italic;line-height:1.5em;color:#5F6C72;"> Mural detail of the Beckstoffer Farm in Rutherford, Napa Valley. Photo Courtesy of Bob McClenahan.</div> </div> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>I would love to take full credit for how beautiful the mural turned out, but the truth is, I can hardly do the subject justice. The soft, rolling mountains and spectacular fall colors are the real deal, just waiting patiently to be enjoyed. What an unlikely coincidence that just this morning you were thinking you would like to book a romantic getaway to the wine country...</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <div> <a href="https://www.morganmurals.com/murals/public-murals/beckstoffer_farm__napa"><img label="Image" src="https://www.morganmurals.com/sites/default/files/imgpaste/i5.createsend1.com-Beckstoffer-Small.092249.jpg" style="height: auto !important;" width="100%" /></a> <div style="margin-top:0;margin-bottom:0;margin-right:auto;margin-left:auto;padding-top:10px;padding-bottom:0;padding-right:0;padding-left:0;text-align:center;font-size:12px;font-style:italic;line-height:1.5em;color:#5F6C72;"> The full seventy feet. Photo Courtesy of Bob McClenahan.</div> </div> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>And if you happen to get stuck on a roof, don&#39;t forget to enjoy the view.</p> <p>Cheers,</p> <img height="49" src="https://www.morganmurals.com/sites/default/files/imgpaste/i8.createsend1.com-morgan-signature-bold-2x.gif" width="160" /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>&nbsp;</p> Thu, 25 Oct 2018 21:39:54 +0000 Morgan Bricca 475 at https://www.morganmurals.com The Stoneridge Arcade: Nine murals inspired by local Pleasanton landscapes https://www.morganmurals.com/blog/stoneridge-arcade-nine-murals-inspired-local-pleasanton-landscapes <table border="0" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td align="left"> <p><img label="Image" src="https://www.morganmurals.com/sites/default/files/imgpaste/i1.createsend1.com-NewsletterBanner.092315.jpg" style="background-color: transparent; font-size: 18px; height: auto !important;" width="100%" /></p> <p>This month, I will take a break from my regular storytelling adventures and let the professionals take over. I was thrilled that NBC ran a &ldquo;Bay Area Proud&rdquo; segment about the project I just wrapped up at Stoneridge Creek in Pleasanton. This month, you get too choose: keep reading or take the shortcut and watch this awesome video that Garvin Thomas put together:</p> <div> <a href="https://www.nbcbayarea.com/on-air/as-seen-on/Muralist-and-Photographer-Put-Their-Creative-Minds-Together_Bay-Area-493906681.html" target="_blank"><img alt="Watch the NBC Segment" label="Image" src="https://www.morganmurals.com/sites/default/files/imgpaste/i2.createsend1.com-NBC-Video.093518.jpg" style="height: auto !important;" width="100%" /></a><br /> &nbsp;</div> <p>Garvin Thomas is a &ldquo;one man show&rdquo;: photographer, reporter, writer and news anchor. He has put together and presented over 500 stories about inspiring people in the Bay Area for NBC. It might make production complicated, but Garvin could certainly be the subject of one of his own segments. I collaborated with photographer Ray Rychnovsky on the Stoneridge project and we enjoyed getting &ldquo;mic&rsquo;d up&rdquo; and spending an afternoon sharing the joy of our small project with Garvin.</p> <p>Why did this project happen?</p> <p>Stoneridge Creek found out about me through the Kickstarter campaign I put together back in January to fund painting a mural on a bus for the St Francis Siena Youth Center in Redwood City. Remember the bus project?<br /> &nbsp;</p> <div> <img label="Image" src="http://i3.createsend1.com/ei/r/D2/DD6/B94/csimport/image1.094040.jpeg" style="height: auto !important;" width="100%" /><br /> <br /> <p>One of the donors on that campaing also happened to be one of the owners at Stoneridge Creek Senior Living Community. He had the (fabulous) idea that mural art would be a great addition to the bare walls along this long, outdoor corridor that links residential apartments to the main clubhouse.<br /> <br /> &nbsp;</p> <div> <img label="Image" src="https://www.morganmurals.com/sites/default/files/imgpaste/i4.createsend1.com-Arcade-View-Egret.094133.jpg" style="height: auto !important;" width="100%" /><br /> <br /> <p>The design was for a series of nine landscape murals that celebrated the local nature preserves. The artwork would transition from time of day - midday to dusk- and also season, spring through fall. The client introduced me to a resident who was also a talented wildlife photographer. I met up with Ray on my first day on the job, looked through his photos, and saw that incorporating wildlife images would greatly improve upon my initial concept.<br /> <br /> &nbsp;</p> </div> <div> <img label="Image" src="https://www.morganmurals.com/sites/default/files/imgpaste/i5.createsend1.com-Buck-hallway-view.112610.jpg" style="height: auto !important;" width="100%" /><br /> <br /> <p>I always want my work to be as meaningful and relevant as possible to those who will enjoy the artwork every day. In this case, collaborating with a well-known creative at Stoneridge Creek made the project truly community based. Ray gives talks and exhibitions of his work for the community, sends out photo journal emails, and produces an annual wildlife calendar. Hanging out with the &ldquo;coolest kid&rdquo; on campus also helped me gain early acceptance with the Stoneridge Creek community.<br /> <br /> &nbsp;</p> </div> <div> <img label="Image" src="https://www.morganmurals.com/sites/default/files/imgpaste/i6.createsend1.com-Panel-One-Collage.123119.jpg" style="height: auto !important;" width="100%" /><br /> &nbsp;</div> <p>There used to be a beloved fox family on campus until they started getting into trashes and became a nuisance. Opinions varied as to the fate of the foxes, but everyone recognized the fox in the mural. I also received the feedback that for both the fox and the deer, their eyes followed them - and for some the heads even turned slightly- as they walked by. Residents from the far side of campus would stop by the artwork to determine for themselves whether the wildlife turned their heads to watch them as they walked by.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> &nbsp;</p> <div> <img label="Image" src="https://www.morganmurals.com/sites/default/files/imgpaste/i7.createsend1.com-Deer-Cropped.125247.jpg" style="height: auto !important;" width="100%" /><br /> &nbsp;</div> <div> <img label="Image" src="https://www.morganmurals.com/sites/default/files/imgpaste/i8.createsend1.com-8-Fox-panel.125302.jpg" style="height: auto !important;" width="100%" /><br /> &nbsp;</div> <p>My fluid creative process helps ensure that my art is site-specific. I let inspiration from the immediate environment, everything from overhead cloud patterns and season, to daily interactions with people I meet, influence the content and tone of the artwork. Let&rsquo;s hope I am not in a bad mood when I go to work. I might put a predator and their prey in the same panel. On this day, all the animals were safe.<br /> <br /> &nbsp;</p> <div> <img label="Image" src="https://www.morganmurals.com/sites/default/files/imgpaste/i9.createsend1.com-3-Hare-on-the-Path.125405.jpg" style="height: auto !important;" width="100%" /><br /> &nbsp;</div> <div> <img label="Image" src="https://www.morganmurals.com/sites/default/files/imgpaste/i10.createsend1.com-2-Hawk.125534.jpg" style="height: auto !important;" width="100%" /><br /> &nbsp;</div> <p>The wildlife based on Ray&#39;s photos are a primary feature in each mural. Ray has an abundance of great waterfowl shots because of the creek that runs adjacent to the develpment. Ray and I took a walk to see his favorite spots to photograph, and he loaned me an extra pair of binoculars for the excursion. The level of detail I could see was a revelation; the individual bird feathers, the details in the colors of each reed along the shore. I now keep a pair of binoculars in my glove box. Duh. I&#39;m still learning how to see better, both literally and figuratively.</p> <p>Can you spot where each of Rays photos show up in the murals?<br /> <br /> &nbsp;</p> <div> <img label="Image" src="https://www.morganmurals.com/sites/default/files/imgpaste/i1.createsend1.com-waterfowl-photo-montage.130658.jpg" style="height: auto !important;" width="100%" /><br /> <br /> <img label="Image" src="https://www.morganmurals.com/sites/default/files/imgpaste/i2.createsend1.com-4-Egret-panel.131001.jpg" style="background-color: transparent; height: auto !important;" width="100%" /><br /> <br /> <img label="Image" src="https://www.morganmurals.com/sites/default/files/imgpaste/i3.createsend1.com-5-Ducks-panel.131247.jpg" style="height: auto !important;" width="100%" /><br /> <br /> <img label="Image" src="https://www.morganmurals.com/sites/default/files/imgpaste/i4.createsend1.com-6-Blue-Heron-panel.131436.jpg" style="height: auto !important;" width="100%" /></div> <p><br /> While working at Stoneridge Creek I felt like I had a couple hundred sets of grandparents encouraging me along. At first, a few residents expressed concern about the cost of the project, or the strong colors I used for the base coat. By the end of the project, I didn&#39;t hear those concerns but did notice the arcade had become a popular destination to take visiting family members. An easy hike with great views: what could be better?<br /> &nbsp;</p> <div> <img label="Image" src="https://www.morganmurals.com/sites/default/files/imgpaste/i5.createsend1.com-9-Hawk-and-Hare-Dusk.131616.jpg" style="height: auto !important;" width="100%" /><br /> &nbsp;</div> <p>I love to create artwork that celebrates the wildness that is outside our back fences, and just&nbsp; beyond our freeways. Thank you for walking this leg of the journey with me.</p> <p>Warm regards,</p> <img height="49" src="https://www.morganmurals.com/sites/default/files/imgpaste/i8.createsend1.com-morgan-signature-bold-2x.gif" width="160" /></div> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>&nbsp;</p> Thu, 27 Sep 2018 20:00:00 +0000 Morgan Bricca 474 at https://www.morganmurals.com Time Away is a Good Thing: Inspiration from Summer Adventures https://www.morganmurals.com/blog/time-away-good-thing-inspiration-summer-adventures <table border="0" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" style="border-collapse: collapse;" width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td align="left" class="body-text"> <p>This summer I took a good long break from mural projects. I had other adventures, including a road trip through the northwest with my son (he did most of the driving) and spending a week hiking in Telluride, Colorado. Even though I only went to one museum this summer, the booming popularity in murals, and public art in general, meant I still saw plenty of great art. Some of the pieces I encountered inspired me to stretch my creative efforts in new directions. Here are a few highlights from my serendipitous encounters art this summer.</p> <p>I spent one day as a tourist not far from home, walking around Jack London Square in Oakland to see the nine new murals there. The were created this past spring as part of the Bay Area Mural (BAM) Festival. &quot;Love Letter To Oakland&quot; by&nbsp;<a href="https://dburke.org/Public-Projects">David Burke Studio</a>&nbsp;was my favorite:</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <div style="text-align: center;"> <img class="img-max" label="Image" src="https://www.morganmurals.com/sites/default/files/imgpaste/i1.createsend1.com-Love-Letter-to-Oakland-Street-View.212000.jpg" style="color: rgb(53, 65, 71); display: block; margin: 0px auto; max-width: 600px !important; height: auto !important;" width="100%" /> <div style="margin: 0px auto; padding: 10px 0px 0px; font-size: 12px; font-style: italic; line-height: 1.5em; max-width: 600px;"> &nbsp;</div> </div> <p>The storytelling, visual impact and execution of this mural are all incredibly well done. It is both beautiful and uniquely Oakland.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <div style="text-align: center;"> <img class="img-max" label="Image" src="https://www.morganmurals.com/sites/default/files/imgpaste/i2.createsend1.com-Love-Letter-To-Oakland-Detail-Montage.212013.jpg" style="color: rgb(53, 65, 71); display: block; margin: 0px auto; max-width: 600px !important; height: auto !important;" width="100%" /> <div style="margin: 0px auto; padding: 10px 0px 0px; font-size: 12px; font-style: italic; line-height: 1.5em; max-width: 600px;"> &nbsp;</div> </div> <p>The first stop on the road trip with my son was Portland. I discovered this mural across the street from Powell&#39;s bookstore. It was unsigned, but I recognized the artist right away.&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <div style="text-align: center;"> <img class="img-max" label="Image" src="https://www.morganmurals.com/sites/default/files/imgpaste/i3.createsend1.com-Capax-infiniti.215227.jpg" style="color: rgb(53, 65, 71); display: block; margin: 0px auto; max-width: 600px !important; height: auto !important;" width="100%" /> <div style="margin: 0px auto; padding: 10px 0px 0px; font-size: 12px; font-style: italic; line-height: 1.5em; max-width: 600px;"> &nbsp;</div> </div> <p><a href="https://faith47.com/">Faith XLVII</a>&nbsp;is my favorite public mural artist. She uses greytoned colors, a charcoal and cream color palette with washes of layered paint. Her draftsmanship is always superb. But what I love most about her work is the distinctly feminine feel of the imagery, which is enhanced by the heavy, masculine architecture of the buildings she typically paints on.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <div style="text-align: center;"> <img class="img-max" label="Image" src="https://www.morganmurals.com/sites/default/files/imgpaste/i4.createsend1.com-capax-infiniti-detail.215616.jpg" style="color: rgb(53, 65, 71); display: block; margin: 0px auto; max-width: 600px !important; height: auto !important;" width="100%" /> <div style="margin: 0px auto; padding: 10px 0px 0px; font-size: 12px; font-style: italic; line-height: 1.5em; max-width: 600px;"> &nbsp;</div> </div> <p>I saw this mural at Burnside Brewing in Portland.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <div style="text-align: center;"> <img class="img-max" label="Image" src="https://www.morganmurals.com/sites/default/files/imgpaste/i5.createsend1.com-Burnside-brewing.072213.jpg" style="color: rgb(53, 65, 71); display: block; margin: 0px auto; max-width: 600px !important; height: auto !important;" width="100%" /> <div style="margin: 0px auto; padding: 10px 0px 0px; font-size: 12px; font-style: italic; line-height: 1.5em; max-width: 600px;"> &nbsp;</div> </div> <p>I love the illustrative shapes, the line element, and the modern feel. It reminds me of another mural I love by&nbsp;<a href="https://arcyofficial.com/" style="background-color: transparent;">Arcy</a>,&nbsp;also graphic in nature. The shapes, color, shadow and feel of the background of this piece give it a room enough to feel intuitive and surreal while still feeling clean and modern.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <div style="text-align: center;"> <img class="img-max" label="Image" src="https://www.morganmurals.com/sites/default/files/imgpaste/i6.createsend1.com-ArcyArtMural.072304.jpg" style="color: rgb(53, 65, 71); display: block; margin: 0px auto; max-width: 600px !important; height: auto !important;" width="100%" /> <div style="margin: 0px auto; padding: 10px 0px 0px; font-size: 12px; font-style: italic; line-height: 1.5em; max-width: 600px;"> &nbsp;</div> </div> <p>Vancouver was a highlight of our trip. We had our bikes with us, and the bike path system made seeing the whole city a breeze. I&rsquo;ve never visited a place where good city planning was more evident. It was a beautiful Saturday morning and we were on our way to Granville Island public market when the bike path opened up to this sweet scene with a painted public piano (with a talented musician playing it), colorful street painting by&nbsp;<a href="http://www.emilygray.ca/">Emily Gray</a>, and a row of Adirondack chairs as well as benches from which to take in the view of the city. Wow.&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <div style="text-align: center;"> <img class="img-max" label="Image" src="https://www.morganmurals.com/sites/default/files/imgpaste/i7.createsend1.com-Emily-Gray-Vancouver.074059.jpg" style="color: rgb(53, 65, 71); display: block; margin: 0px auto; max-width: 600px !important; height: auto !important;" width="100%" /> <div style="margin: 0px auto; padding: 10px 0px 0px; font-size: 12px; font-style: italic; line-height: 1.5em; max-width: 600px;"> &nbsp;</div> </div> <p>For a moment, imagine this scene another way: take away the artwork on the ground, the painted piano, the Adirondack chairs. Imagine how different this space would be. How much money do you think the city spent on those three items? And consider the value this activated plaza adds to the community and the tourists who are left with a lasting impression. This is what I am talking about, folks. To me, great art is not about the who and the what, it is about the where and the why. Good public art transforms the whole experience of place.</p> <p>This sculpture, &quot;Non-sign II&quot;, sits at the Canadian/US border.&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <div style="text-align: center;"> <img class="img-max" label="Image" src="https://www.morganmurals.com/sites/default/files/imgpaste/i8.createsend1.com-no-sign.075136.jpg" style="color: rgb(53, 65, 71); display: block; margin: 0px auto; max-width: 600px !important; height: auto !important;" width="100%" /> <div style="margin: 0px auto; padding: 10px 0px 0px; font-size: 12px; font-style: italic; line-height: 1.5em; max-width: 600px;"> &nbsp;</div> </div> <p>I am taken with how something metal and spikey can leave such a soft, surreal impression. What an interesting piece to have at a bureaucratic processing junction. Lots of directional and informational signs abound. Have your passport ready. Do not exit your car. Declare the following items. And then this, &quot;non-sign&quot;. It is wonderfully site-specific.</p> <p>Totally different, yet still completely aligned with it&#39;s enviornment, is this &ldquo;welcome mat&rdquo; mosaic on Bainbridge Island, Washington. It is made primarily from glass and stones picked up on the beaches around the island. Each square of the artwork celebrates an aspect of the community. Coming across this piece reminded me that an item on my bucket list is to learn to paint and fire tiles, so I can create mural mosaics. I love the bold color, ease, and fluidity of paint, but the longevity and durability of working with tile stone and glass materials is appealing.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <div style="text-align: center;"> <img class="img-max" label="Image" src="https://www.morganmurals.com/sites/default/files/imgpaste/i9.createsend1.com-Bainbridge-isalnd-beach-glass.072326.jpg" style="color: rgb(53, 65, 71); display: block; margin: 0px auto; max-width: 600px !important; height: auto !important;" width="100%" /> <div style="margin: 0px auto; padding: 10px 0px 0px; font-size: 12px; font-style: italic; line-height: 1.5em; max-width: 600px;"> &nbsp;</div> </div> <p>My hand started twitching from all the inspiration I enountered during the trip. While waiting in the ferry line on Orcas Island in the San Juan Islands, WA, I started painting the largest canvas I had on hand: my van.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <div style="text-align: center;"> <img class="img-max" label="Image" src="https://www.morganmurals.com/sites/default/files/imgpaste/i10.createsend1.com-Painting-my-Van.072352.jpg" style="color: rgb(53, 65, 71); display: block; margin: 0px auto; max-width: 600px !important; height: auto !important;" width="100%" /> <div style="margin: 0px auto; padding: 10px 0px 0px; font-size: 12px; font-style: italic; line-height: 1.5em; max-width: 600px;"> &nbsp;</div> </div> <p>My van has needed a new paint job for a while. Was I really going to spend thousands of dollars to repaint it silver?&nbsp; The inspiration for the design on my van came to me during a day off a few months back. I was poking around Sausalito with my BFF when I spotted a pair of pants with a print of a dream catcher. I wasn&#39;t looking for anything in particular, which, of course, is when inspiration is most likely to visit. I am not sure why I would see a pair of pants and think ,&quot;that would look great on my van&quot;, but I&#39;ve learned life gets more interesting when I listen to my hunches. I consider the van painting more like an ongoing knitting project that I can pick up anytime; it is certainly not yet finished. There are still dings that need to be masked with paint - I mean art. Also, the &quot;inspiration pants&quot; have rhinestones. My van is whispering to me that she could use a little bling.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <div style="text-align: center;"> <img class="img-max" label="Image" src="https://www.morganmurals.com/sites/default/files/imgpaste/i1.createsend1.com-van-montage.073002.jpg" style="color: rgb(53, 65, 71); display: block; margin: 0px auto; max-width: 600px !important; height: auto !important;" width="100%" /> <div style="margin: 0px auto; padding: 10px 0px 0px; font-size: 12px; font-style: italic; line-height: 1.5em; max-width: 600px;"> &nbsp;</div> </div> <p>After the road trip I headed to Telluride, CO where I met up with four friends I met 25 years ago when I lived in Granada, Spain. It was a dreamy week traversing the incredible natural beauty of Telluride and reconnecting with some of my favorite people on the planet. I was inspired to leave a thank you gift behind on the walls of my friend&#39;s house in Telluride. I combined the dream catcher motif that I had been thinking about with a landscape from our day of paddle boarding and hiking around an alpine lake. It was a dream, and it was caught, at least in paint.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <div style="text-align: center;"> <img class="img-max" label="Image" src="https://www.morganmurals.com/sites/default/files/imgpaste/i2.createsend1.com-Joannas-dreamcatcher.082057.jpg" style="color: rgb(53, 65, 71); display: block; margin: 0px auto; max-width: 600px !important; height: auto !important;" width="100%" /> <div style="margin: 0px auto; padding: 10px 0px 0px; font-size: 12px; font-style: italic; line-height: 1.5em; max-width: 600px;"> &nbsp;</div> </div> <p>I came home from my summer adventures absolutely more inspired for my own work.&nbsp;</p> <p>Labor Day is a great day to celebrate and remember that it is when we are at play, not work, that our best ideas come to us. I believe that taking time off to rest and putter and hike and follow hunches is ironically one of the most &quot;productive&quot; things we can do.</p> <p>Enjoy your day off!</p> <p>With love,</p> <img height="49" src="https://www.morganmurals.com/sites/default/files/imgpaste/i8.createsend1.com-morgan-signature-bold-2x.gif" width="160" /> <p>&nbsp;</p> <div style="text-align: center;"> <img class="img-max" label="Image" src="https://www.morganmurals.com/sites/default/files/imgpaste/i3.createsend1.com-highlights-montage.084344.jpg" style="color: rgb(53, 65, 71); display: block; margin: 0px auto; max-width: 600px !important; height: auto !important;" width="100%" /></div> <div> &nbsp;</div> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>&nbsp;</p> Thu, 30 Aug 2018 16:22:53 +0000 Morgan Bricca 467 at https://www.morganmurals.com Any Rugby Fans Out There? https://www.morganmurals.com/blog/any-rugby-fans-out-there <table border="0" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" style="border-collapse: collapse;" width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td align="left" class="body-text" style="text-size-adjust: 100%; font-family: &quot;Open Sans&quot;, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif;"> <p>This weekend San Francisco is hosting the World Cup for Rugby Sevens. It debuted as an Olympic event in 2016. The teams only have seven players each (compared with traditional rugby&#39;s 15) and each half of the game is only seven minutes, so the total game time is about 16 minutes long, including the two-minute half time. The scores are comparable to rugby scores since defenders are more spaced out. Lots of scoring, lots of speed, every second counts. It&#39;s exciting.</p> <p>Here is a photo of yesterday&#39;s opening ceremony at the Embarcadero plaza:</p> <div> <img class="img-max" label="Image" src="https://www.morganmurals.com/sites/default/files/imgpaste/i1.createsend1.com-2018-07-1917.57.39.122638.jpg" style="color: rgb(53, 65, 71); display: block; margin: 0px auto; max-width: 600px !important; height: auto !important;" width="100%" /> <div style="margin: 0px auto; padding: 10px 0px 0px; font-size: 12px; font-style: italic; line-height: 1.5em; max-width: 600px;"> &nbsp;</div> </div> <p>So why is Morgan suddenly so interested in Rugby? I&#39;ve never mentioned sports before in this blog, and between the Warriors and the Giants, there have been plenty of opporunities. (whoop! whoop!) Hmmm. What&#39;s up Morgan? You guessed it. I have a horse in the race -or more accurately a work of art on display - during the Rugby Sevens World Cup.</p> <p>I was hired to create a mural that would serve as a backdrop for the opening and closing ceremonies, and throughout the weekend as a media backdrop. The theme for this event is &quot;Make Your Mark&quot;, and I turned the words into a work of art which the team captains all signed during the opening ceremony. The artwork will be donated to an elementary school in Oakland at the end of the event.</p> <div> <img class="img-max" label="Image" src="https://www.morganmurals.com/sites/default/files/imgpaste/i2.createsend1.com-Make-your-Mark-with-BeachBlankedBabylonSing.125612.jpg" style="color: rgb(53, 65, 71); display: block; margin: 0px auto; max-width: 600px !important; height: auto !important;" width="100%" /> <div style="margin: 0px auto; padding: 10px 0px 0px; font-size: 12px; font-style: italic; line-height: 1.5em; max-width: 600px;"> &nbsp;</div> </div> <p>&quot;Sevens&quot; tournaments are traditionally known for having more of a relaxed atmosphere than fifteen-a-side games, and are usually called &quot;festivals&quot;. Many fans will get dressed up or put on themed costumes for the events. I experienced the playful culture around the sport firsthand at yesterday&#39;s opening ceremony.</p> <div> <img class="img-max" label="Image" src="https://www.morganmurals.com/sites/default/files/imgpaste/i3.createsend1.com-Rugby-world-cup-montage.131556.jpg" style="color: rgb(53, 65, 71); display: block; margin: 0px auto; max-width: 600px !important; height: auto !important;" width="100%" /> <div style="margin: 0px auto; padding: 10px 0px 0px; font-size: 12px; font-style: italic; line-height: 1.5em; max-width: 600px;"> &nbsp;</div> </div> <p>I gave each team captain strict instructions on where to sign the mural as they went onstage, on the lower half of the mural where it was just blue. In addition to awesome dance moves and stage antics, I also learned these Sevens players are not sticklers with art. The majority of signatures were on the top half of the artwork. The joke is on me, it looks better with the signatures up top anyway.</p> <div> <img class="img-max" label="Image" src="http://i4.createsend1.com/ei/r/D4/FF6/736/csimport/ScreenShot2018-07-20at12.19.39PM.142331.png" style="color: rgb(53, 65, 71); display: block; margin: 0px auto; max-width: 600px !important; height: auto !important;" width="100%" /> <div style="margin: 0px auto; padding: 10px 0px 0px; font-size: 12px; font-style: italic; line-height: 1.5em; max-width: 600px;"> &nbsp;</div> </div> <p>You can check out #makeyourmark on Instagram over the weekend to see how the Rugby fun develops. Exhibit A, Team Fiji.</p> <div> <img class="img-max" label="Image" src="https://www.morganmurals.com/sites/default/files/imgpaste/i5.createsend1.com-Team-Fiji.132024.jpg" style="color: rgb(53, 65, 71); display: block; margin: 0px auto; max-width: 600px !important; height: auto !important;" width="100%" /> <div style="margin: 0px auto; padding: 10px 0px 0px; font-size: 12px; font-style: italic; line-height: 1.5em; max-width: 600px;"> &nbsp;</div> </div> <p>I went into this project knowing very little about Rugby, and less about Rugby Sevens. I have been converted into a fan. Here are three great reasons you should join me as a Rugby Sevens fan and come out to see some World Cup games this weekend (or at least catch a few games on T.V.:</p> <p>1. Short games. So different from the Soccer World Cup. Instead of spending your afternoon on the couch to watch a game, you can be back out mowing the lawn before you finish your first beer. The World Cup is sudden death elimination, so the&nbsp;<a href="https://www.theguardian.com/sport/blog/2018/jul/20/rugby-world-cup-sevens-san-francisco-knockout">stakes are high on every minute of play</a>.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>2. You only have to remember the names of seven players of your favorite team.</p> <p>3. This contributes to World Peace. I&#39;m serious. Watching these amazing athletes from about 30 different countries share their infectious energy for play and sport is what peace looks like. We don&#39;t have it everywhere, all the time in the world right now, but this is a particularly cool example of humans from around the world coming together to celebrate&nbsp;<em>amazing</em>&nbsp;athletic skill. The men and women&#39;s events are at the same venue, AT&amp;T Park, so chalk one up for gender equality to boot.</p> <p>There are still some&nbsp;<a href="https://www.rwcsevens.com/">tickets available</a>.&nbsp;For the couch potatoes, it will be broadcast on NBC.&nbsp;</p> <p>No guarantees on sports coverage in future blogs.&nbsp;</p> <p>Cheers,</p> <img height="49" src="https://www.morganmurals.com/sites/default/files/imgpaste/i9.createsend1.com-morgan-signature-bold-2x.gif" style="color: rgb(95, 108, 114); font-family: &quot;Open Sans&quot;, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 16px; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);" width="160" /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <br /> Sat, 21 Jul 2018 00:00:00 +0000 Morgan Bricca 468 at https://www.morganmurals.com Is Delight Legit? https://www.morganmurals.com/blog/is-delight-legit <p>I recently painted my driveway.</p> <div> <img label="Image" src="https://www.morganmurals.com/sites/default/files/imgpaste/i1.createsend1.com-BeforeandAfterDrivewayb.200724.jpg" style="height: auto !important;" width="100%" /> <div style="margin-left:auto;"> &nbsp;</div> </div> <p>I titled the driveway art &quot;Friday Happy Hour&quot;. I was in the middle of a well deserved sprawl on the couch one Friday afternoon when I decided to watch a TED talk a friend had forwarded to me,&nbsp;<a href="http://newsletter.morganmurals.com/t/r-l-jjldhukk-akruduir-i/">Where Joy Hides and How to Find It.</a>&nbsp; I was so inspired by what I learned that I peeled myself off the couch and started mixing paints. I don&#39;t recommend watching this video if you are susceptible to spontaneous bouts of rearranging furniture or painting your walls bright colors. Unfortunately, I am high risk in both categories. However, ever since my driveway had its makeover, coming home feels...<em>happier.</em>&nbsp;When I get out of the car, I never know what color I might land on...<em>delight.&nbsp;</em></p> <p>I am probably not the first artist to feel this way, but I have insecurities around my art and creative process.&nbsp;Even though I love to make art that just feels good to look at, somehow that doesn&#39;t seem like a legitimate enough reason to make art. Not serious/political/intellectual &quot;enough&quot;. With those &quot;enough&quot; obstacles, how can delight carry a piece through to &quot;worthiness&quot;?</p> <p>I was recently offered an amazing 160-foot long blank canvas, a mural project for the City of San Jose. At the Arts Commission meeting where I was to present my final design, I listened to two other artists share their designs for projects they had been awarded. Both artists led with the worthiness of their art as it related to a political idea for one, and intellectual process for the other. I was in awe of the caliber of both the artists and their art. When it was my turn to pitch my idea, I had the intense urge to apologize for my design; it&#39;s rainbow color palette and imagery that included lots of butterflies and flowers. I felt certain the community that had selected me as the artist would love it, but certainly<em>&nbsp;not</em>&nbsp;the community of imaginary art critics that live in my head. I wanted to present myself as a serious artist but perhaps I had veered off course in creating a design that was crafted simply to be beautiful.</p> <p>In the middle of my stammering and internal withering, an individual that had attended one of the neighborhood input meetings for the mural that the city had organized raised his hand. The man said that he felt that their community had been listened to by the artist, and the design very much reflected the themes that the community wanted to see in the artwork. I have never felt more gratitude for an unsolicited testimonial. After he spoke I regained confidence in my process as a collaborative artist, and I remembered my&nbsp;<em>why</em>. The concept was subsequently approved by the city.</p> <p>Here is a sneak preview of the mural to come.</p> <div> <img label="Image" src="https://www.morganmurals.com/sites/default/files/imgpaste/i2.createsend1.com-MidfiledhavanaDesignThree.182359.jpg" style="height: auto !important;" width="100%" /> <div style="margin-left:auto;"> &nbsp;</div> </div> <p>The local community hopes to install a children&#39;s park in front of the mural. Well meaning adults will argue in favor of the park because kids need a safe place to play, because physical exercise and vitamin D is good for their health, and because research supports the importance of play for brain development and social skills. But the kids? They are going to go play at the park because joy feels good. Sometimes, as adults, we forget that joy and delight might be a perfectly good reason to do something.</p> <p>With love,</p> <img height="49" src="https://www.morganmurals.com/sites/default/files/imgpaste/i9.createsend1.com-morgan-signature-bold-2x.gif" width="160" /> Fri, 29 Jun 2018 17:11:14 +0000 Morgan Bricca 463 at https://www.morganmurals.com Dragons, Glitter, and "Selfie Moments" https://www.morganmurals.com/blog/dragons-glitter-and-selfie-moments <div> <img src="https://www.morganmurals.com/sites/default/files/imgpaste/i1.createsend1.com-selfie-montage.110503.jpg" style="height: auto !important;" width="100%" /> <div style="margin-left:auto;"> &nbsp;</div> </div> <h2> New Interactive Mural at Blach</h2> <p>A group of students at Blach were tasked to help me design a mural for their school. They were unanimous on the following design features:</p> <p>1. The artwork should feature a &ldquo;selfie moment&rdquo;<br /> 2. The mural should feel &ldquo;happy&rdquo;<br /> 3. Their school mascot, the falcon, should be &quot;friendly&quot;<br /> 4. Include glitter<br /> 5. Make it holographic</p> <p>Except for the last item, which I haven&#39;t quite figured out yet, I checked the box on all the requirements. As the final protective coat was drying, I blew rainbows of glitter over the mural, so it sparkles as you walk by.&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <div> <a href="/murals/public-murals/blach_falcon_mural"><img alt="Click to view more photos of this mural" label="Image" src="https://www.morganmurals.com/sites/default/files/imgpaste/i2.createsend1.com-Morgan-in-the-Wings-of-Blach-Mural-2.110722.jpg" style="height: auto !important;" width="100%" /></a> <div style="margin-left:auto;"> &nbsp;</div> </div> <p><a href="/videos/falcon-mural-blach-middle-school">Click here to watch a video about the creation process of the mural.&nbsp;</a></p> <p>The students wanted to include words in the ground art that best represent the school ethos: Enthusiastic, Creative, Curious, Inclusive and Kind. I love the words they chose. If that&#39;s what it means to be &quot;a falcon&quot;, I want in.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <div> <a href="/murals/public-murals/blach_falcon_mural"><img alt="Click to view more project photos" label="Image" src="https://www.morganmurals.com/sites/default/files/imgpaste/i3.createsend1.com-qualities-montage.111609.jpg" style="height: auto !important;" width="100%" /></a> <div style="margin-left:auto;"> &nbsp;</div> <div style="margin-left:auto;"> &nbsp;</div> </div> <h2> A New Castle at Covington</h2> <p>Covington Elementary School saved up a couple years worth of graduating sixth grade class gifts to fund a mural. The entrance to the library had a rounded wall with a striped turret roof. We piggybacked on that architectural suggestion and went &quot;all in&quot; with the castle theme. Lining up for library time just got a little more interesting.</p> <p>It was lunchtime when I was wrapping up to go and taking final photos. When I looked carefully at the photos later I noticed that the kids had organized themselves around the art, preferring the &quot;grassy&quot; squares and spots along the painted river. One girl after my own heart had positioned herself to sit on the bridge, facing the art.&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <div> <a href="/murals/public-murals/covington_castle"><img alt="Click here to see more images of this project." label="Image" src="https://www.morganmurals.com/sites/default/files/imgpaste/i4.createsend1.com-Covington-Best-with-Kids.114230.jpg" style="height: auto !important;" width="100%" /></a> <div style="margin-left:auto;"> &nbsp;</div> </div> <p>Here is a photo of the library before and after:</p> <div> <img src="https://www.morganmurals.com/sites/default/files/imgpaste/i5.createsend1.com-Before-and-After-Montage.114719.jpg" style="height: auto !important;" width="100%" /> <div style="margin-left:auto;"> &nbsp;</div> </div> <p>I am so grateful for the enthusiastic volunteers on both projects that helped me paint the ground. Painting the ground helps integrate the wall art into the surrounding environment and adds playfulness and surprise. So does the peek of dragon&#39;s tail on the left side, and the mouse scurrying into a crack in the wall.&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <div> <a href="/murals/public-murals/covington_castle"><img alt="Click the image to view this project on my website." label="Image" src="https://www.morganmurals.com/sites/default/files/imgpaste/i6.createsend1.com-Covintgton-Montage.115214.jpg" style="height: auto !important;" width="100%" /></a> <div style="margin-left:auto;"> &nbsp;</div> </div> <p>I probably sound like a broken record at this point, but it is truly a privilege to do this work; to play the role of the wizard, transforming plain environments into playful, creative and human centered spaces.&nbsp;</p> <p>Thanks for playing along.</p> <img height="49" src="https://www.morganmurals.com/sites/default/files/imgpaste/i9.createsend1.com-morgan-signature-bold-2x.gif" width="160" /> Fri, 25 May 2018 17:59:03 +0000 Morgan Bricca 459 at https://www.morganmurals.com Tacos, Art and Super Nova Today in Belmont! https://www.morganmurals.com/blog/tacos-art-and-super-nova-today-belmont <p>When Martin Nova was 18 years old, and newly arrived from Michoacan, Mexico, he was picked up on a street corner by a chimney sweep for a days work. He ended up working for this chimney sweep for the next 6 years at $10/ hour. He didn&rsquo;t start making $20 an hour until he had worked 20 years in the business. In the meantime, Martin learned English, started a family, and saved up his money with the dream someday of owning his own business.&nbsp; In 2004, Martin bought a chimney sweep business from a retiring colleague. The business grew and became successful. In 2016 he purchased the exclusive rights to sell several brands of fireplaces under the condition he had to open a showroom within two years.</p> <p>He spent 18 months looking for the right space, and 6 months building out the showroom.</p> <p>Today, April 28, 2018, the Nova Fireplace showroom officially opens.</p> <div> <img class="img-max" label="Image" src="https://www.morganmurals.com/sites/default/files/imgpaste/i1.createsend1.com-Nova-Storefront.071337.jpg" /></div> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Martin wanted his store to be beautiful and engaging for cusomters, so he invested $20,000 in custom mural art throughout the store. In a play on the name of the business, Nova Fireplace, he went with a galaxy theme, including colorful supernova, to cover the entire 700 square foot showroom ceiling.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <div> <img class="img-max" label="Image" src="https://www.morganmurals.com/sites/default/files/imgpaste/i2.createsend1.com-NOVA-ceiling-2.072053.jpg" /></div> <p>&nbsp;</p> <div> <img class="img-max" label="Image" src="https://www.morganmurals.com/sites/default/files/imgpaste/i3.createsend1.com-Nova-Ceilingbackwallmontage.073515.jpg" /></div> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>After many years of sweat and hard work, the opening of this showroom is a dream realized for Martin. There will be a grand opening event there today from 11-4 and you are invited! I will be there from 1-3. Come and enjoy handmade tacos, check out the art and hearths, and congratulate Martin on his journey.&nbsp;</p> <p>Nova Fireplace Grand Opening Celebration<br /> April 28, 2018, 11 am -4 pm<br /> 1336 El Camino Real in Belmont</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <div> <img class="img-max" label="Image" src="https://www.morganmurals.com/sites/default/files/imgpaste/i4.createsend1.com-Martin-and-Morgan.071414.jpg" /></div> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>I hope to see you there!</p> <p>Warm regards,</p> <img height="49" src="https://www.morganmurals.com/sites/default/files/imgpaste/i9.createsend1.com-morgan-signature-bold-2x.gif" style="color: rgb(95, 108, 114); font-family: &quot;Open Sans&quot;, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 16px; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);" width="160" /> Sun, 29 Apr 2018 00:38:25 +0000 Morgan Bricca 456 at https://www.morganmurals.com Morganangelo and the Stanza della Segnatura https://www.morganmurals.com/blog/morganangelo-and-stanza-della-segnatura <p>I recently took on three successive ceiling projects, about two months of work. I realized my plan might be over ambitious when I turned around and tried to find an assistant to help me and discovered that many of the artists I know won&#39;t work on ceiling projects because it is so hard on the body.</p> <p><img class="img-max" label="Image" src="https://www.morganmurals.com/sites/default/files/imgpaste/i1.createsend1.com-Morgan-Painting.191713.jpg" style="width:100%; height:auto;" /></p> <p><span>Painting ceilings captures our collective imaginations. It conjures up images of Michelangelo straining in the cold and damp Sistine Chapel by candlelight, suffering over his ceiling project for four years. By the <a href="http://www.slate.com/articles/arts/poem/2010/01/labor_pains.html" target="_blank"><span>dismal sonnet</span></a>&nbsp;he wrote about his work on painting the chapel ceiling, it&rsquo;s clear he was under physical strain and mental duress, and did <i>not</i> enjoy the work.</span></p> <p><span>I had no intention of being cavalier about the physicality of the endeavor I was undertaking. I planned to incorporate every tip and trick I knew of to make the ceiling work a happy experience. If you are considering painting your dining room ceiling to look like a renaissance masterpiece, or just curious, read on for my best tips for making it through your ceiling project with your head on straight.</span></p> <p><span>It may sound unromantic and not very creative, but when painting a ceiling, efficiency is key. You want to spend more time planning (and have all the details clear with the client) to save time on puttering, false starts and re-do&rsquo;s. I like to have conversations with my clients on a daily basis about the progress so that there are no surprises midway along. I am at a great advantage in this regard over Michelangelo, who had a hard time getting a regular audience with the pope.</span></p> <p><span>A few other ways that Michelangelo&rsquo;s ceiling project is different from mine:</span></p> <p><img class="img-max" label="Image" src="https://www.morganmurals.com/sites/default/files/imgpaste/i2.createsend1.com-michelangelo-versus-morgan1.223236.jpg" style="width:100%; height:auto;" /></p> <p><span>Michelangelo took four years to paint the Sistene Chapel but not because he was a slow painter. He faced chronic inefficiencies. He painted &ldquo;God in the act of Creation&rdquo;, his most iconic scene, in a <i>single day</i>.</span></p> <p><span>For those of you considering a longer project, here are my top three hacks for staying healthy while painting a ceiling:</span></p> <ol> <li> <span><b>Work short days.</b></span><span> It goes against my workaholic tendencies, but I paint a maximum of 5 hours a day when I am working on ceilings. I never quite figured out the four-hour workweek, but once I get past the guilt, I am absolutely enjoying the five hour workday. There is plenty of time in the afternoons for icing my shoulder, massage, yoga or a nap. I don&rsquo;t leave work exhausted. What a revelation.</span><br /> &nbsp;</li> <li> <span><b>Set a timer</b></span><span>. I set a timer every 45 minutes to take a 15-minute break. Imagine that you are in the middle of a video game, puzzle, or line of code, absorbed in the challenge and suddenly, time to stop. I am <i>never </i>ready to put down my brushes. I haven&rsquo;t fully mastered this one, but I know it is key. As my mother used to say, &ldquo;Do as I say and not as I do.&rdquo;</span><br /> &nbsp;</li> <li> <span>&nbsp;</span><span><b>Wear a neck support.</b></span><span> Yes, people will look terribly worried and ask you if you were in a car accident, but a medical neck stabilizer is great. Even less attractive but more supportive is the <a href="https://www.necksolutions.com/neckaid-neck-support.html" target="_blank"><span>Neck Aid</span></a>, which provides a shelf for the back of your head to rest on.&nbsp;It hooks onto your pants and behaves like a pair of over-ambitious suspenders. You might be mistaken for a relative of Mr. Bean.&nbsp;</span></li> </ol> <p><img class="img-max" label="Image" src="https://www.morganmurals.com/sites/default/files/imgpaste/i3.createsend1.com-Mr.-Bean-pants.191929.jpg" style="width:100%; height:auto;" /></p> <p class="p8 rtecenter"><span style="font-size:11px;"><i>Morgan and Chiara taking a break from Botticelli&#39;s Birth of Venus</i></span></p> <p><span>For my ceiling ambitions, I did find a willing assistant. Actually, more like a willing teacher. This is the third time <a href="http://www.chiaraillusione.it/" target="_blank"><span>Chiara Spataro</span></a> has come from Italy to paint with me. This time I flew this trompe l&rsquo;oeil maestro over for a whole month to work on two Italian renaissance ceilings with me. I always start out telling Chiara how I want something done, then say, &ldquo;Wait, how would you do it?&rdquo; Without fail, I learn something new and it turns out beautiful.</span></p> <p><span>I recently read Walter Isaacson&#39;s book on Leonardo da Vinci, and learned that in renaissance Italy artists worked collaboratively at an atelier. There wasn&rsquo;t any personal assignation to a work, and usually many different artisans worked on any given painting. When I started the Stanza della Segnatura ceiling mural, I noticed a big difference in quality and style of the dozen cherubs. The work is attributed to Raphael, and some of the <i>putti</i> are truly sublime. Other <i>putti </i>were clearly assigned to the newest apprentice. I am doing my best to capture the essence of the artwork, but on a few of the <i>putti</i> I took the liberty of making changes. You can see in the progress photo below, the cherub in purple has recovered some modesty, and I removed the &quot;football tackle&quot; cherub on his right altogether.&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><img class="img-max" label="Image" src="https://www.morganmurals.com/sites/default/files/imgpaste/i4.createsend1.com-Stanza_della_Segnatura-progress-comparison2.224148.jpg" style="width:100%; height:auto;" /></p> <p><span>Chiara is taking care of of every aspect of the ceiling except the cherubs. Her work looks effortlessly flawless. Meanwhile, I am struggling through 60 toes, 82 fingers and 10 chins. I think I deserve extra credit for the double chins. Today I worked on making the two suspicious characters in the corner look a little less threatening.</span></p> <p><img class="img-max" label="Image" src="https://www.morganmurals.com/sites/default/files/imgpaste/i5.createsend1.com-Stanza_della_Segnatura-progress-comparison.195503.jpg" style="width:100%; height:auto;" /></p> <p><span>My chiropractor pointed out that most of his patients suffer from neck ailments related to hunching over their devices, and I face the opposite challenge. It sounds to me like painting ceilings would be the perfect theraputic hobby for smartphone addicts.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span>Think of all the&nbsp;<i>putti</i> waiting to be born!</span></p> <p><span>Ciao,</span></p> <p><img height="49" src="https://www.morganmurals.com/sites/default/files/imgpaste/i9.createsend1.com-morgan-signature-bold-2x.gif" width="160" /></p> <table cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0"> <tbody> <tr> </tr> </tbody> </table> Sat, 31 Mar 2018 17:37:07 +0000 Morgan Bricca 452 at https://www.morganmurals.com Hop on the Bus, Gus https://www.morganmurals.com/blog/hop-bus-gus <h2> We did it.</h2> <p>Last month I tried something new:&nbsp; I invited you to fund a mural project, painting a bus for the Siena Youth Center in Redwood City. I had no idea how it would all turn out. I had to fund the full amount in two weeks or nothing.</p> <p>Four days.&nbsp; In four days you helped to fully fund the campaign and I went to work right away. This past Saturday we had our &ldquo;bus inauguration party&rdquo;. There were speeches, the bus drove up to our whoops and hollers, and then Juan offered rides around the block.<br /> &nbsp;</p> <div style=" text-align: center;"> <a href="/murals/public-murals/siena_youth_center_bus"><img class="img-max" label="Image" src="https://www.morganmurals.com/sites/default/files/imgpaste/i1.createsend1.com-Siena-Youth-Center-Back-Right-Side.073023.jpg" style="display: block; margin: 0px auto; " width="100%" /></a><br /> &nbsp;</div> <div style=" text-align: center;"> <a href="/murals/public-murals/siena_youth_center_bus"><img class="img-max" label="Image" src="https://www.morganmurals.com/sites/default/files/imgpaste/i2.createsend1.com-Siena-Youth-Center-Back-Left-Side.072838.jpg" style="display: block; margin: 0px auto; " width="100%" /></a></div> <p><br /> When word got out I painted a design on the roof, everyone ran to an upstairs balcony for a helicopter view.&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;</p> <div style=" text-align: center;"> <img class="img-max" label="Image" src="https://www.morganmurals.com/sites/default/files/imgpaste/i3.createsend1.com-Siena-Youth-Center-Bus-Roof.073001.jpg" style="display: block; margin: 0px auto; " width="100%" /> <div style="margin: 0px auto; padding: 10px 0px 0px; font-size: 12px; font-style: italic; line-height: 1.5em; max-width: 600px;"> I thought I would be able to sneak in a heart on the roof without anyone noticing...</div> </div> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>I didn&#39;t realize I had painted a design that made the perfect selfie shot, but this one nature breathing dragon made it all his own.<br /> &nbsp;</p> <div style=" text-align: center;"> <a href="/murals/public-murals/siena_youth_center_bus" style="color: rgb(9, 33, 235);"><img class="img-max" label="Image" src="https://www.morganmurals.com/sites/default/files/imgpaste/i4.createsend1.com-Siena-Youth-Center-Bus-Breathing-Fire-Side-.073207.jpg" style="display: block; margin: 0px auto; " width="100%" /></a></div> <p><br /> A few highlights from the project:</p> <ul> <li> Watching Rafael, the Youth Center Coordinator, light up as he described the &quot;rivers of opportunity&quot; that opened up for the teens as a result of the mountain biking program they had started. They used to have to caravan in cars, and now the whole group can go together in the new bus with the bike trailer behind. Their first adventure in the new bus will be a mountain biking trip near Donner Lake. It&#39;s a good thing the artwork is designed to be &quot;mud friendly&quot;, maybe even &quot;mud improved&quot;</li> <li> Working for Sister Christina (<a href="/murals/public-murals/siena_youth_center"><em>again</em></a>). There is something about her integrity, heart, and sense of possibility that brings out the best in me, and made it a pleasure to orchestrate this gift.</li> <li> Getting to know my own neighbors better. The bus was parked in front of my house while I painted it. Painting a behemoth vehicle in bright colors turns out to be a great conversation starter.</li> <li> Feeling supported and encouraged by the individuals who stepped forward to donate and also being able to send them tangible &quot;thank you&#39;s&quot; was meaningful for me. I recruited a few capable assistants and together we made 40 &quot;You Are Wonderful&quot; banners for the major donors to the project. I enjoyed the crafting and sending out the love. I hope the banners have second and third lives as they get re-gifted along.</li> </ul> <div style=" text-align: center;"> <br /> <img class="img-max" label="Image" src="https://www.morganmurals.com/sites/default/files/imgpaste/i5.createsend1.com-you-are-wonderful-montage.092937.jpg" style="display: block; margin: 0px auto; " width="100%" /></div> <p><br /> Thank you for taking this adventure with me.</p> <p>With love,</p> <img alt="Morgan signature" height="49" src="/sites/default/files/content-uploads/common/morgan-signature-white.png" width="160" /> Wed, 28 Feb 2018 17:49:10 +0000 Morgan Bricca 449 at https://www.morganmurals.com