13 October 2008

Library Children's Room Mural- in progress

The Russian Prince brings home the Firebird

This week we will be finishing a large children's room mural for the Burlingame Public Library,

Commissioned by the Burlingame Library Foundation, the murals draw inspiration from the "Golden Age of Illustration" the great storybooks of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, like Maxfield Parrish, N.C. Wyeth, Arthur Rackham.

The Burlingame Library is a charming Spanish Revival style building was designed by architect E. L. Norberg and completed in 1931.
The children's room is a large space with soaring, beamed ceilings, textured plaster walls, and a lot of odd angles. This presented a challenge as there is no one focal point to the room, nor is there a large uninterrupted space where one might normally site a mural.
So I designed a mural that uses the architecture
, grates, doors, and arches, as part of the composition.

Work in progress on the north wall.

We painted the murals on canvas in my studio, then glued to the walls and in some areas, additional painting is done on site.
The Foreign Prince, being cut out prior to installation.

installing the castle mural in an arch
The Burlingame Library will "unveil" this mural during their Centennial celebration on Sunday, October 19, 2008.

Lynne Rutter Murals & Decorative Painting


  1. Hy Lynn,

    Chesna Koch here, remember me? (We met at your studio a while back after my move to San Francisco.)
    I just wanted to tell you that I have been hearing rave reviews of your work in the library! I am in a Bible study in Burlingame with a woman named Geralyn, and she was telling me all about how fabulous things were looking. I can see you are almost done! Just wanted to say congratulations and good job! It's so nice when people get excited about the work you are doing!

    Take care,

  2. Brilliant and Beauteous as always!

    Those children are very, very lucky to have all that amazement to stare up at!

  3. I have been really enjoying your progression on this mural Lynne. But then... I always love watching anything you paint evolve! This looks great!

  4. To echo the words that you left on my blog "Wow, just w.o.w"
    Wonderful work, Lynne. I viewed many,many pages on your blog and it's all fab.


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