William Van Doren

Welcome to The Very Rich Hours, a series of paintings in response to each day’s sunset. I began these in June 1995, and the series includes every sunset since January 1, 2006.


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


Currently the first pages to be updated with the most recent paintings are my Facebook Page@veryrichhours on Twitter; Instagram @williamvandoren.

 

 

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VAN DOREN ON THE SUNSET SERIES

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Wednesday
Aug102016

Under Marine Layers – Sunset, Tuesday, 9 August 2016

William Van Doren, UNDER MARINE LAYERS. Sunset from Stony Point, Albemarle County, Va. Oil on Arches 140# watercolor paper, 17 x 23.

Tuesday
Aug092016

Um Chagga Lagga – Sunset, Monday, 8 August 2016

William Van Doren, UM CHAGGA LAGGA. Sunset from Stony Point, Albemarle County, Va. Oil on Arches 140# watercolor paper, 17 x 23.

Title from the Pixies.

Monday
Aug082016

Macro Micro Above Below – Sunset, Sunday, 7 August 2016

William Van Doren, MACRO MICRO ABOVE BELOW. Sunset from Stony Point, Albemarle County, Va. Oil on Arches 140# watercolor paper, 17 x 23.

Monday
Aug082016

A Few Small White Clouds Started Turning Pale Rose Then Gray and Pink Then Smoke Purple and Crimson Then All Gray and We May Think They’re Gone But They’re Still Changing – Sunset, Saturday, 6 August 2016

William Van Doren, A Few Small White Clouds Started Turning Pale Rose Then Gray and Pink Then Smoke Purple and Crimson Then All Gray and We May Think They’re Gone But They’re Still Changing. Sunset from Stony Point, Albemarle County, Va. Oil on Arches 140# watercolor paper, 17 x 23.

Monday
Aug082016

Gathering Rainclouds Illustrate a Principle of Painting: If You Think You Know What’s Going to Happen You Absolutely Do Not Know What’s Going to Happen – Sunset, Friday, 5 August 2016

William Van Doren, Gathering Rainclouds Illustrate a Principle of Painting: If You Think You Know What’s Going to Happen You Absolutely Do Not Know What’s Going to Happen. Sunset from Stony Point, Albemarle County, Va. Oil on Arches 140# watercolor paper, 17 x 23.

Friday
Aug052016

Clouds Building in Like Some Peculiar Theory of the Cosmos – Sunset, Thursday, 4 August 2016

William Van Doren, CLOUDS BUILDING IN LIKE SOME PECULIAR THEORY OF THE COSMOS. Sunset from Stony Point, Albemarle County, Va. Oil on Arches 140# watercolor paper, 17 x 23.

I know what this probably looks like – and all I can say is about that is this work takes guts – but the approach was influenced by a line from David Bowie’s “Always Crashing In The Same Car”: Going round and round the hotel garage.