I painted this mural over the summer, but I have been saving it for a rainy day. I created this “Santorini inspired” mural for Leslie and Chris Toney after careful deliberation over what was the dreamiest setting they could imagine. This trompe l’oeil mural would become the new view from their kitchen sink, so we wanted it to be relaxing but still add a nice pop of color. The mural includes their cute pup, Cappucino, and their aloof cat sitting on the patio wall. I thought to myself, “How wonderful it will be for them to contemplate a postcard perfect scene on a cold and rainy day in February.” Click on the image to view a close-up.
I feel a deep sense of peace inside when I get to paint the landscapes of so many beautiful destinations. This next mural though just made me feel giddy inside when I was painting. The happy piggies I painted, inspired by Toot and Puddle from Holly Hobbie books, are equally matched in exuberance and temprament of the 5 year old girl who occupies this very pink room. Getting to know Elizabeth (she was my “assistant” while I painted the mural) was so much fun. I realized I need to have more 5 year olds in my group of friends.
The Coles had me back to paint the room of Abigail, Elizabeth’s older sister. Abigail adores horses, and provided me with her copious research of which breed of horse should be in which order of the lineup. This mural fit in perfectly among the horse posters, horse calendar, and photos of Abilgail with horses that already decorated the room. Neeeigh!
This week I am off to LA to paint a 4 wall mural of Dodger Stadium in a boys room. I learn so much about the world through each mural…last month it was horse breeds and architecture of Greece, and this week it is studying details of a baseball dugout during gametime, and how to express through paint the faces of 30,000 enthusiastic fans. The world is endlessly interesting!
The Contra Costa Times wrote a nice piece about the mural I painted at the Children’s Hospital in Oakland. Read all about it.
Did you know that Facebook hired a mural artist to paint their headquarters, and he was paid with Facebook stock. That stock is now worth 200 million, making it the most money paid for any piece of artwork ever…a mural. Wow!
I am currently readingOut of Our Minds by Ken Robinson. Here are some quotes from the book:
“The relationships of thinking and feeling are at the heart of the creative process in all fileds, including the arts and sciences.”
“Being creative is not only a matter of inspiration. It requires skill, craft in the control of materials and a reciprocating process of critical evaluation.”
“It is not what interests artists or scientists that distinguishes them from each other, but how it interests them.”
“Creativity moves through different phases. Trying to produce a finished version in one move is usually impossible. Not understanding this can make people think that they are not creative at all.”
“My starting point is that everyone has huge creative capacities as a natural result of being a human being. The challenge is to develop them. A culture of creativity has to involve everybody, not just a select few.”
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.