Monday
Jan302017

Scratchpad – Sunset, Sunday, 18 December 2016

William Van Doren, SCRATCHPAD. Sunset from Stony Point, Albemarle County, Va. Oil on canvas, 20 x 24.

Monday
Jan302017

Sand Cast – Sunset, Saturday, 17 December 2016

William Van Doren, SAND CAST. Sunset from Stony Point, Albemarle County, Va. Oil on paper, 7 x 7.

Monday
Jan302017

Heavyweight Heights – Sunset, Friday, 16 December 2016

William Van Doren, HEAVYWEIGHT HEIGHTS. Sunset from Stony Point, Albemarle County, Va. Oil on paper, 5 x 6.

Monday
Jan302017

Sunrise, Washington, D.C., 20 January 2009, Barack Obama’s First Inauguration

William Van Doren, DAWN DAY ONE. Sunrise, Washington, D.C., from Lee Custis Mansion, Arlington, Va. Oil on linen, 36 x 48.

This seems like an appropriate time to reflect on the presidential inauguration that took place eight years ago. Laura and I attended Barack Obama’s first inauguration, having scored tickets for one of the not-too-far-away sections from our newly elected congressman. We would have been there in any case, but the trip was also planned so that I could make sketches for a series of paintings of that day’s sunrise and sunset over Washington, paintings I finished in the ensuing weeks and which I hope can be shown again this year in a gallery exhibition. Prints of three of the most representative paintings are still available here; a small album from the day can be found on my Facebook art page; and there’s a slide show on this site of 21 paintings in the collection.

Monday
Jan162017

Polar Lights – Sunset, Thursday, 15 December 2016

William Van Doren, POLAR LIGHTS. Sunset from Stony Point, Albemarle County, Va. Oil on paper, 7 x 7.

Monday
Jan162017

Various Fields – Sunset, Wednesday, 14 December 2016

William Van Doren, VARIOUS FIELDS. Sunset from Stony Point, Albemarle County, Va. Oil on paper, 5 x 6.