Morgan's Mural Blog

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

Oct 28, 2016

When you think of the artwork at your local bank, what comes to mind?

Chances are, nothing memorable. Unless, of course, you happen to bank at San Mateo Credit Union in Redwood City. Their new branch features a colorful fifty-foot mural of the downtown areas of Redwood City, and its residents enjoying live music on the square. The mural is not particularly "bankerly". It is painted in a loose style, where everyone is having fun and no one is wearing a suit. But San Mateo Credit Union is not a bank, and the mural is the first hint to everyone who enters the branch that there is a substantial difference between the two...

Sep 30, 2016

Large scale, site-specific artwork is a broad enough category to include more than a few novel adventures. Last month, TRG, an architecture and interior design firm, hired me to create a series of paintings for their new open office space in San Mateo. Their signature strength is contemporary home design, so I embraced a new creative process and style to deconstruct the contemporary design and celebrate it on these six foot by six foot canvases.

I first met Leslie Lamarre, co-owner of TRG, in 2010, when she hired me to paint a New York Yankees graffiti mural for a teenage boys room. Her design for the room went on to win many awards. Knowing a good thing when I see it, I put to use all of her good ideas for my sons room, installing turf instead of carpet, painting a Giants graffiti mural and continuing a grey and orange theme throughout...

Aug 31, 2016

The questions I am asked most frequently about my work could be categorized as "what if it goes wrong" type of questions. "Tell me about the projects that crashed and burned." "Does the artwork ever just not turn out?" "Do you ever disagree with your clients input? What do you do then?"

The answer is as you would expect: Yes. Humans on all sides of the table are messy and projects don't always unfold exactly as planned. Every project is a learning adventure and there are always unexpected twists and bumps along the way to keep things exciting. For example? Read on...

The Poppy Debate
Jul 31, 2016

This summer I took myself to Europe for three weeks. My intention was an art immersion, old and new, and to return with fresh ideas for my own work. It was liberating to spend day after day following my muse, no set agenda. Here are a couple observations I took home from my travels.

The Street Art Tour

During my time in London I took a guided tour of the street art in Shoreditch, a formerly working class neighborhood that became an epicenter of the street art movement. It’s now a very trendy place to live and work. (Art can do that to a place.) Street art is typically unsanctioned "guerilla art" created with spray paint...

Jun 10, 2016

I am in the middle of a big transition in my life. After two graduations on Wednesday, I am now the parent of a middle schooler and a high schooler. I can see my role is changing from being household CEO to household janitor who talks to herself. My kids are thriving. They are absolutely ready for the next phase. I have mixed emotions. Their graduations punctuate the end of a very sweet, albeit all consuming, time in my life: being the mother of young children. From packing lunches, walking them to school, chaperoning field trips, volunteering in the class and at school events, I was all in. The friendships and strong school community that I have become a part of the past nine years at Santa Rita have made it far and away the best chapter of my life...

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