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Blog - Wednesdays With Myron

Wednesdays With Myron - Changing Gears (1956)

In Okinawa I made many enemies because I went into maintenance control with my own ideas. A major warned me that the men would punish me and he couldn’t protect me. He suggested I stay in the prop shop and I wouldn’t have any problems. So I opted for the trouble. I just never slept [...]

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Wednesdays With Myron - The Ruskin School of Drawing, Oxford, England 1956-1960, Part I

The Ruskin School of Art, Oxford, England I went to The Ruskin in Oxford, England. It wasn’t part of Oxford University; it had some affiliations but it was really a finishing school for English debutantes who wanted to meet and marry young undergraduates who had Lords for fathers. They all had thick ankles with peaches and [...]

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Wednesdays With Myron - The Ruskin School of Drawing, Oxford, England 1956-1960 Part II

Present day street view of 95 Kingston Road, Oxford, EnglandHe showed me the front room. It was a very large and square and it opened out to the street and had a bay window. In the window was a table and chairs. I also had an armoire. There was a meter-driven gas fireplace that you [...]

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Wednesdays With Myron - The Ruskin School of Drawing, Oxford, England 1956-1960, Part III

So this was the book that John Mason was generous enough to give me. I saw him from time to time in the pub. He got married and by this time I had met a German exchange student who was studying banking in Oxford. He and I and John had become very friendly as [...]

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Wednesdays With Myron - The Ruskin School of Drawing, Oxford, England 1956-1960, Part IV

The teachers at The Ruskin didn’t work too hard. They would come in one or two days a week. They were based principally in London. It was laid back. They mostly just walked around and chatted. They would come by and say, “That looks very nice.” And then they would engage you in some interesting [...]

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Wednesdays With Myron - The Ruskin School of Drawing, Oxford, England 1956-1960, Part V

One summer vacation, while I studied at The Ruskin, I took a trip to Florence, Italy, with a young student named John Stevens. While on the train from the Port to Paris to change trains, we met an Italian girl named Emma Bionde. She was in tears, her mascara running down her face and [...]

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Wednesdays With Myron - The Ruskin School of Drawing, Oxford, England 1956-1960, Part VI

When I was finishing up my time at the Ruskin, we had to submit a portfolio for the diploma we would get from the University of Oxford. It was really the only time the link between the University and the Ruskin existed. I’m not sure. Along with the portfolio, we had to submit and essay [...]

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Wednesdays With Myron - Boston (1960-1963)

I graduated from the Ruskin and went back to the States. I didn’t want a job other than anything that involved drawing or painting. I wanted to pursue my studies in art for my own purposes and I wanted to be able to build a body of work. I had a cousin that lived in a [...]

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Wednesdays With Myron - Spain (1963-1965)

When we first left Boston, we first went to Barcelona. We spent a month in the Hotel Inglis in the city of Valencia while I drove about the countryside trying to find a house to rent in a country where no one rented houses...they lived in the houses they owned. It was winter, wet, [...]

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Wednesdays With Myron - Paris (1965)

Upon arriving in Paris, I went to the American Student Center where I met a young woman who, much to my surprise, was the daughter of the then Governor of Maine. So we chatted and she told me the person I wanted to speak to Mrs. Sargent, married to the Reverend Sargent. Reverent Sargent is [...]

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