Morgan's Mural Blog

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

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

Nov 30, 2015

My work is loving the world.
Here the sunflowers, there the hummingbird- equal seekers of sweetness.
Here the quickening yeast, there the blue plums.
Here the clam deep in the speckled sand.
Are my boots old? Is my coat torn?
Am I no longer young, and still not half-perfect?
Let me keep my mind on what matters, which is my work,
which is mostly standing still and learning to be astonished.

-Excerpt from The Messenger by Mary Oliver

I love this poem because last month, with three sunset murals in the queue, I found myself an avid student of the sky each evening...

Oct 30, 2015

Last month the 49ers hired me to design a mural that celebrated a new STEM lab and program that the 49ers Community Foundation and Chevron have set up at Cabrillo Middle School. I painted the "rough draft" on the wall, and then students, players, and VIP's from the 49ers and Chevron came out to help me paint the mural. It was a highlight of my year to be involved with such a worthwhile and fruitful project. Thanks to the enthusiasm and hard work of the volunteers, the bulk of the mural was finished in one day!

My Crew:

The finished product

The 49ers put together a movie that captures the fun of the day:

Sep 29, 2015
"South City Strong" Mural

South City is thriving, and it has a new star player. Armstrong Brewing is four guys and a gal who got together and decided to put their money on Nick Armstrong’s brewing talents. His talents are many, and many years in the making. As he put it, “I come from a long line of bootleggers”. I come from a long line of tea-totalers, but I couldn't help but notice that Nick and I were in very similar businesses. Here are five observations on the ways making art and crafting beer is alike:

1. You don’t choose a career in beer making or art making if your goal is to make a lot of money...

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