Morgan's Mural Blog

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

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...

Feb 29, 2016

A friend recently asked me about my creative process. I had never given it much thought, and writing about it has been enlightening: there is a method to the madness I never noticed. Here is what I discovered:

The Design Process

When I first meet with clients onsite, looking at the wall, ideas flow easily. I see a lot of possibilities. This "spatial intuition" screeches to a halt when I sit down to my computer to actually create the design. For me, the design phase is the most difficult step in bringing an idea to fruition.

To make it over this hump, a deadline is required. I schedule the task on my calendar...

Dec 26, 2015

Another year is wrapping up, like the gifts under the tree
I’ll pause a minute to share my highlights with rhyming bonhomie

In Pittsburg, California, a massive blue heron took flight
In Redwood City, the Commercial Way alley was saved from blight

I painted for businesses that I was proud to have stinted,
like Armstrong Brewery, Jive, Pella and Minted

Just when you thought Portland couldn’t get any more hipster
The World Forestry Center got a makeover on my Oregon tripster

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