Welcome to The Very Rich Hours, where you can find postings of each day’s sunset. (Currently there are problems with the Squarespace server, so the best place to see every sunset painting is via the Facebook page.) I’ve been painting every sunset since January 1, 2006.


This journal is named for the 15th-century illuminated manuscript The Very Rich Hours of the Duke of Berry (Très Riches Heures du Duc de Berry).


Most of these sunsets are seen from the same vantage point, facing the Blue Ridge, north of Charlottesville, Virginia. Even when I’m traveling and the sunset has to be done later from sketches, all of these works are painted “alla prima” — wet in wet, without later revision or overpainting, in about the same time it takes to watch the sun go down.


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William Van Doren

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Sunday
Apr062014

Up in Light – Sunset, Saturday, 5 April 2014

William Van Doren, UP IN LIGHT. Sunset from Stony Point, Albemarle County, Va. Oil on Arches, 17 x 23.

Saturday
Mar082014

Dragging the Line – Sunset/Twilight, Friday, 7 March 2014

William Van Doren, DRAGGING THE LINE. Sunset from Stony Point, Albemarle County, Va. Oil on canvas, 24 x 36.

Friday
Mar072014

Mano a Mono – Sunset, Thursday, 6 March 2014

William Van Doren, MANO A MONO. Sunset from Stony Point, Albemarle County, Va. Oil on canvas, 24 x 36.

Thursday
Mar062014

The Twilight Formerly Known as Sunset – Sunset/Twilight, Wednesday, 5 March 2014

William Van Doren, THE TWILIGHT FORMERLY KNOWN AS SUNSET. Sunset from Stony Point, Albemarle County, Va. Oil on canvas, 24 x 36.

Wednesday
Mar052014

Mostly Cloudy – Sunset, Tuesday, 4 March 2014

William Van Doren, MOSTLY CLOUDY. Sunset from Stony Point, Albemarle County, Va. Oil on canvas, 24 x 36.

Wednesday
Mar052014

Sunfall on Snowfall – Sunset, Monday, 3 March 2014

William Van Doren, SUNFALL ON SNOWFALL. Sunset from Stony Point, Albemarle County, Va. Oil on canvas, 24 x 36.