Morgan's Mural Blog

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

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...

May 31, 2016

One of my favorite "before and after" shots ever:

This "learning labyrinth" was completed with approximately six gallons of paint and 30 total volunteer hours from about 12 volunteers. It took just one day to transform a bare bones play yard into a giant game board with a colorful garden context and educationally engaging activities.

Between school budget cuts and the drought, many playgrounds in California lack grass or gardens, leaving black asphalt, cream buildings and metal chain link fencing as the primary visual elements. Using the blacktop as a canvas for art is a great way to make a space meant for kids feel, well, meant for kids...

Apr 28, 2016

To me, magic is when an event unfolds in a way that is unexpectedly sublime. My most recent mural project on the side of a commercial building in downtown Napa, was, beginning to end, full of magic.

To make it easier for people to quickly understand what this 60' wide mural in downtown Napa was about, I titled it "Tuesday Morning, 1720". Here is a list of some magical things that happened while painting this mural about the indigenous Mishewal Wappo Tribe of Napa Valley:

• Doubters - A handful of people approached me the first day and incredulously asked, “Are you going to paint this whole wall by yourself?!” Thank you for the set up...

Mar 21, 2016

I said it before in this blog that my clients are the ones with the big ideas, they are the change makers and visionaries, and it is my privilege to play midwife in bringing their ideas to fruition.

This months featured instigator is Chia Chen. Chia manages the medical clinic at Juvenile Hall in Santa Clara. Up until a few weeks ago, the medical clinic was visually stark, similar to the rest of the Juvenile Hall. The focus of the facility is safety and legal considerations, and the logistics related to meeting those obligations. Aesthetics is not top of mind in these priorities.

However in the medical clinic, mental health becomes an important component with respect to safety of staff and students...

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