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 a 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.
charcoal on tinted paper, 18" x 14" © Fergus A Ryan, 2016
Private collection, Italy
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