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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Tuesday
Jul212015

Stillness Is the Move – Sunset, Monday, 20 July 2015

William Van Doren, STILLNESS IS THE MOVE. Sunset from Stony Point, Albemarle County, Va. Oil on Arches watercolor block, 17 x 23.

Title from the song by Dirty Projectors.

Tuesday
Jul212015

Lazy-Hazy-Crazy – Sunset, Sunday, 19 July 2015

William Van Doren, LAZY-HAZY-CRAZY. Sunset from Stony Point, Albemarle County, Va. Oil on canvas, 24 x 30.

From the Nat King Cole song, and if this becomes an earworm for anyone, I sincerely apologize. I don’t know about “Lazy,” but “Hazy” definitely applied. Although the sun was nowhere visible in the soupy gray haze, at about 93° (34°), its presence was everywhere felt. As for “Crazy,” I have nothing to say.

Monday
Jul202015

Sun in the Bank – Sunset, Saturday, 18 July 2015

William Van Doren, SUN IN THE BANK. Sunset from Stony Point, Albemarle County, Va. Oil on canvas, 24 x 30.

This sunset, in Lynchburg, Virginia, was difficult to see, not only because of trees and houses, but because the sun disappeared in the typical midsummer blue-gray haze. But we mustn’t let a little thing like that stop us.

Sunday
Jul192015

Referred Light – Sunset, Friday, 17 July 2015

William Van Doren, REFERRED LIGHT. Sunset from Stony Point, Albemarle County, Va. Oil on canvas, 24 x 30.

Anything resembling symbolism was unconscious and unplanned and probably has more than one meaning.

Friday
Jul172015

That Evening Sun – Sunset, Thursday, 16 July 2015

William Van Doren, THAT EVENING SUN. Sunset from Stony Point, Albemarle County, Va. Oil on canvas, 24 x 30.

Thursday
Jul162015

Flyby – Sunset, Wednesday, 15 July 2015

William Van Doren, FLYBY. Sunset from Stony Point, Albemarle County, Va. Oil on canvas, 24 x 30.