William Van Doren

Welcome to The Very Rich Hours, a series of sunset paintings I began in June 1995, and including every sunset since January 1, 2006. Along with two years (2006–2007) of consecutive daily sunrise paintings, the number of works in the collection exceeds 5,000.


Most of these sunsets were observed from the same place, facing the Blue Ridge, in an area known as Stony Point, north of Charlottesville, Virginia.


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TABULA ROSA (THE RED SERIES)

VAN DOREN ON THE SUNSET SERIES

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Wednesday
May252016

Indistinct Gray-White Clouds Parted to Reveal Seven Castles on Seven Hills Except I Don’t Have Time to Paint Seven Castles on Seven Hills So Here Are the Indistinct Gray-White Clouds – Sunset, Friday, 20 May 2016

William Van Doren, Indistinct Gray-White Clouds Parted To Reveal Seven Castles on Seven Hills Except I Don’t Have Time to Paint Seven Castles on Seven Hills So Here Are The Indistinct Gray-White Clouds. Sunset from Stony Point, Albemarle County, Va. Oil on canvas, 28 x 30.

Monday
May232016

Roy Orbison Said His Blue Angel Could Make the Sky Bluer Than the Navy’s Blue Angels and They Really Had Something Going Until the Arrival of Actual Blue Angels – Sunset, Thursday, 19 May 2016

William Van Doren, ROY ORBISON SAID HIS BLUE ANGEL COULD MAKE THE SKY BLUER THAN THE NAVY'S BLUE ANGELS AND THEY REALLY HAD SOMETHING GOING UNTIL THE ARRIVAL OF ACTUAL BLUE ANGELS. Sunset from Stony Point, Albemarle County, Va. Oil on canvas, 28 x 30.

Monday
May232016

It Was a Dark and Murky Sky That Gave Us Little Evidence of All That Lay Behind It Trying To Get Our Attention – Sunset, Wednesday, 18 May 2016

William Van Doren, IT WAS A DARK AND MURKY SKY THAT GAVE US LITTLE EVIDENCE OF ALL THAT LAY BEHIND IT TRYING TO GET OUR ATTENTION. Sunset from Stony Point, Albemarle County, Va. Oil on canvas, 28 x 30.

Monday
May232016

There Were Basically Two Ways to Look at the Clouds and the Rain and This Wasn’t One of Them – Sunset, Tuesday, 17 May 2016

William Van Doren, THERE WERE BASICALLY TWO WAYS TO LOOK AT THE CLOUDS AND THE RAIN AND THIS WASN’T ONE OF THEM. Sunset from Stony Point, Albemarle County, Va. Oil on canvas, 18 x 20.

Monday
May232016

The Suns However Many Finally Hid Out in a White House Above the Mountains But You Could Tell They Were There Because They Kept the Lights On – Sunset, Monday, 16 May 2016

William Van Doren, THE SUNS HOWEVER MANY FINALLY HID OUT IN A WHITE HOUSE ABOVE THE MOUNTAINS BUT YOU COULD TELL THEY WERE THERE BECAUSE THEY KEPT THE LIGHTS ON. Sunset from Stony Point, Albemarle County, Va. Oil on canvas, 18 x 20.

Tuesday
May172016

The Colors of a Single Cloud Defined the Sky and Sang Something I Still Don’t Understand – Sunset, Sunday, 15 May 2016

William Van Doren, THE COLORS OF A SINGLE CLOUD DEFINED THE SKY AND SANG SOMETHING I STILL DON’T UNDERSTAND. Sunset from Stony Point, Albemarle County, Va. Oil on canvas, 18 x 20.