Nepi, the duomo

Nepi, the duomo (cathedral)
Charcoal on tinted laid paper, apx 18" x 14"

There was a magical moment while I was drawing this. From a large open window high in the building to the right the sound of 'Gabriel's Oboe' filled the air and echoed around the courtyard. I just spotted a grey head above the sill with the instrument, and there was one of those very special wordless exchanges, before I continued drawing. I was put in mind of that memorable and completely wordless Aer Lingus TV advertisement from the 80s, 'You're Home', that featured a 747 and the melody of Gabriel's oboe. I had flown all the aircraft in the ad, and it was quite emotional hearing it played now so beautifully in the Italian air at Nepi. Here's the ad (why does this make me cry?):

To see all of my Italian plein air oil sketches visit 'An Italian Journey' on my website.


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Fergus Ryan

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View all my Artist Daily images and associated chat HERE ____________________________________________________________ Everything I look at I make a mirror of  Wherein to see my soul in all its seasons.  Patrick Kavanagh To see clearly is poetry, prophecy, and religion all in one. John Ruskin The Presence of Absence I am moved by a sense of the lingering 'presence of absence', the suspension in unbreathed time of reveries of unforgetting, lost presences, and the melancholy of traces. My inspiration in recent years comes from twentieth-century American realism, especially the somewhat disturbing and isolated moods of Andrew Wyeth. There are similar resonances in western Ireland's remote Atlantic landscapes. After a career in flying, my art studies have consisted of extended workshops in the United States with some prominent artists, Koo Schadler (egg tempera), Joe McGurl and Don Demers (oils, en plein air), Stan Miller (watercolour and egg tempera), and David Kassan (charcoal and oil portraits), and in Ireland with Carey Clarke, past president of the Royal Hibernian Academy (oils). In 2013 I spend the summer in Italy studying landscape painting with Israel Hershberg as part of the Jerusalem Studio School master class. In the Spring of 2015 I participated in the 6-week intensive programme of drawing and painting. I have exhibited at the Royal Hibernian Academy's annual exhibition in Dublin, with works in egg tempera (Buttermilk, Tidepool), acrylic (Extra Room andTerminus), and oils (Dreadlocks, Liminal, Lightkeeper and Reflection). Sudden Breeze was featured in International Artist magazine's Feb/Mar 2009 edition (65) landscape competition, and an 8-page article on my landscape paintings featured in International Artist June/July 2012 issue, number 85.  My website is  My Facebook art page is here. A video of some of my paintings is here on YouTube.