We have all survived the doomsday predictions! I hope you are not surprised. Here are some of my year’s highlights in photos.
When the rain continues more than three days, I daydream of sunny, warmer climates. I was spoiled by the weather in Southern California, where I was raised. Here is a mural I painted poolside at an apartment complex in downtown Palo Alto, inspired by a sunny tropical garden in Mexico. Click on the image to see a time lapse video of the creation of the mural.
New Mural in Downtown Los Altos!
Last week I gave the Cranberry Scoop girl in downtown Los Altos a makeover. The colors on the mural were mostly shades of grey, and the paint was fairly falling off the walls after 25 years in a full sun location. Here are the before and after makeover photos:
This year instead of resolutions, may I recommend you take the easy path: no resolutions, just write down your dreams for 2013. Pick stuff that really rings your bell. Post them on your favorite wall. Note to past clients: I hope this would be the wall I painted a mural on! My experience has been that when we start to live out our dreams, the universe smiles back with support. Let the magic come pouring in! Happy New Year!
Morgan Mural Studios just passed a big milestone: I have raised over $50,000 for Trickle Up since selecting them as the recipient of my 10% donation program!
Trickle Up helps the extreme poor in India, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Burkina Fasso and Mali. They provide seed capital grants, ranging from $100-$250, which participants use to start or expand a microenterprise. The recipients are predominantly women with families.
Results reported by recipients from the grant (which also includes training and savings groups) include: the family moving from one to two or three meals a day, the kids going to school or staying in school, being better prepared to handle health shocks, and women having more voice in family decisions. Over 90% of the enterprises started are still in business 5 years later.
I apologize for the loose math, but with an average grant of $175, and an average family size of 5, that is about 1400 people who’s lives have been affected by these small grants!
I selected Trickle Up because I felt that my role in this world as a mom and entreprenuer brought out the best qualities in me of hope, persistence, and creativity. It’s hard to quanitify what, if any, our efforts to do good in the world will yield. I feel it is a privilege just to be in the position of one who can help.
To have a sense of creative activity is the great happiness and the great proof of being alive.
– Matthew Arnold
I found that I could say things with color and shapes that I couldn’t say in a way, things that I had no words for.
It is art that makes life, makes interest, makes importance…and I know of no sub
stitute whatever for the force and beauty of its process.
Every artist was first an amateur.
-Ralph Waldo Emerson
Listen to This
My favorite new dirve to work song in the morning is Brand New Day by Joshua Radin.
Laugh with Lucas
Two jokes for you, courtesy of my 11 year old. They might be better in the retelling.
Did you know that 98% of the population is stupid?
Fortunately, I am in the other 4%
There are two reasons I don’t want to be a toilet:
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.