Morgan's Mural Blog

SF Bay Area muralist Morgan Bricca discusses her latest mural paintings, as well as musings on life, work, and spirituality.

Jun 29, 2018

I recently painted my driveway.

I titled the driveway art "Friday Happy Hour". 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, Where Joy Hides and How to Find It. I was so inspired by what I learned that I peeled myself off the couch and started mixing paints. I don'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...

May 25, 2018
New Interactive Mural at Blach

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:

1. The artwork should feature a “selfie moment”
2. The mural should feel “happy”
3. Their school mascot, the falcon, should be "friendly"
4. Include glitter
5. Make it holographic

Except for the last item, which I haven't quite figured out yet, I checked the box on all the requirements...

Apr 28, 2018

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’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. 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...

Mar 31, 2018

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't work on ceiling projects because it is so hard on the body.

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 dismal sonnet he wrote about his work on painting the chapel ceiling, it’s clear he was under physical strain and mental duress, and did not enjoy the work...

Feb 28, 2018
We did it.

Last month I tried something new: 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.

Four days. In four days you helped to fully fund the campaign and I went to work right away. This past Saturday we had our “bus inauguration party”. There were speeches, the bus drove up to our whoops and hollers, and then Juan offered rides around the block.

When word got out I painted a design on the roof, everyone ran to an upstairs balcony for a helicopter view...

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