William Van Doren

Metaphysical sunset painter, self-taught. Painted every sunset for eleven years, 1-1-06 to 12-31-16. Experimenting with sunsets since 1995. Author, 47 Minutes on Christmas Eve (Third Edition). Currently completing The Sunset Chronicles: Paintings and Notes from Four Thousand Nights. 

 

See recent paintings on my Facebook Page@714bastille on Twitter; Instagram @williamvandoren.

 

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Friday
Feb132009

The Sunset (October 1995)

Sunset drags streamers over the horizon, pulls air out of the air, burns color down to ash, consuming every last obstacle of atmosphere, displacing place with time, only to kill time with space. It’s the accumulation of incident carried off for distillation. It brings seizures of realization. Not even slightly romantic in itself, it’s the wrap – sweet, sad, or muddled. It’s the truth. Because it’s the end, it’s the truth.

Tuesday
Feb032009

Sunset, Wednesday, 28 June 1995

Stony Point, Albemarle County, Va. Oil on paper, 4 x 6.

This weird little thing is a one-of-a-kind entry in the Book of Days. Below the date, my note on the back says “Imaginary – sky was completely gray.”

I believe the sky that night was a seemingly uniform overcast, covering even the mountains; I know for sure that I didn’t yet know what to do in that case. This, then, comes just before my acceptance of the idea that I’d paint sunset skies no matter what they were like – that this wasn’t a matter of “painting sunsets” but of painting the sky at sunset.

Sunday
Feb012009

Sunset, Monday, 19 June 1995

Stony Point, Albemarle County, Va. Oil on watercolor block, 4 x 6.From the first week of the series.

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