Welcome to The Very Rich Hours, where you can find postings of each day’s sunset, which I’ve been painting since January 1, 2006. This journal is named for the 15th-century illuminated manuscript Très Riches Heures du Duc de Berry


Most of these sunsets are from the same place, facing the Blue Ridge, north of Charlottesville, Virginia.


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Wednesday
Mar042015

The Gray Veil – Sunset, Tuesday, 3 March 2015

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

Last night I heard a podcast of the Irish author Anne Enright reading a story by John Cheever (“The Swimmer”), and in discussing the story she said something that really struck me. It might seem obvious, but there was something about the way she put it. She was responding to a question concerning Cheever’s dreamlike or surreal qualities. “It’s a terrible thing,” Enright said, “to ask a writer to limit their words to life itself. I mean, we live life. What you put on the page isn’t a representation of life. It’s words, and you can go anywhere, do anything, say anything you like.”

Tuesday
Mar032015

Pools and Currents – Sunset, Monday, 2 March 2015

William Van Doren, POOLS AND CURRENTS. Sunset from Stony Point, Albemarle County, Va. Oil on Arches watercolor block, 17 x 23.

Sunday
Mar012015

Escapement – Sunset/Twilight, Saturday, 28 February 2015

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

Sunday
Mar012015

SkyMountainSky – Sunset, Friday, 27 February 2015

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

Friday
Feb272015

Remember To Let Her Under Your Skin (Mostly Cloudy) – Sunset, Thursday, 26 February 2015

William Van Doren, REMEMBER TO LET HER UNDER YOUR SKIN (MOSTLY CLOUDY). Sunset from Stony Point, Albemarle County, Va. Oil on canvas, 24 x 30.

Friday
Feb272015

Approach of Snow – Sunset, Wednesday, 25 February 2015

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