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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Saturday
Nov022013

Lots of Free Parking – Sunset, Friday, 1 November 2013

William Van Doren, LOTS OF FREE PARKING. Sunset from Charlottesville, Va. Oil on watercolor block, 13 x 19.

From the top of the Water Street parking garage in Charlottesville. I should note that the free parking was in the air, not on the ground.

Saturday
Sep072013

Sunset Is Where You Find It – Sunset, Friday, 6 September 2013

William Van Doren, SUNSET IS WHERE YOU FIND IT. Sunset from Lynchburg, Va. Oil on watercolor block, 13 x 19.

Lynchburg, Virginia, styles itself as The City of Seven Hills, thereby setting up a rather hopeless competition with a certain world metropolis you may have heard of. It felt like I climbed four of the seven, to catch the sunset before going in to see a benefit concert for the Lynchburg Academy of Fine Arts. When I got to the top, in a parking lot amid rooftops at Sixth and Clay, I still couldn’t see most of the sunset for the tree-lined street on my left. So I decided to paint it anyway, within the trees.

Wednesday
Aug282013

Half a Sunset (Is Better Than None) – Sunset, Sunday, 25 August 2013

William Van Doren, HALF A SUNSET (IS BETTER THAN NONE). Sunset from Lynchburg, Va. Oil on watercolor block, 13 x 19.

 I was down by the railroad track along the James River, while the sun was down behind the city of Lynchburg, Virginia.

Tuesday
Aug272013

Up Hill City – Sunset, Saturday, 24 August 2013

William Van Doren, UP HILL CITY. Sunset from Lynchburg, Va. Oil on watercolor block, 13 x 19.

A view from the western edge of downtown Lynchburg, Virginia.

Thursday
Apr182013

Garage Collage – Sunset, Wednesday, 17 April 2013

William Van Doren, GARAGE COLLAGE. Sunset from Water Street Parking Garage, Charlottesville, Va. Oil on watercolor block, 13 x 19.

From the roof of the Water Street Parking Garage in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Saturday
Dec222012

Solstice in Baltimore – Sunset, Friday, 21 December 2012

William Van Doren, SOLSTICE IN BALTIMORE. Sunset from Mount Royal, Baltimore, Md. Oil on watercolor block, 13 x 19.

This view was from the top of an eight-story parking garage in the Mount Royal area of Baltimore, with a snow flurry just beginning.