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 paintings are as seen from the same place, facing the Blue Ridge, north of Charlottesville, Virginia.


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Saturday
Jun282014

In a Fragonard Neighborhood – Sunset, Friday, 27 June 2014

William Van Doren, IN A FRAGONARD NEIGHBORHOOD. Sunset from Hilltop Road, Charlottesville, Va. Oil on Arches, 17 x 23.

I was in an old Charlottesville area near the junction of Blue Ridge Road and Hilltop, and while the French court painter Fragonard might have found the homes not quite grand by Versailles standards, and the architecture just a bit Anglo, the places are plenty nice, and with the great trees and big sky I was reminded of his work, or of the world suggested by it. I love all that romantic Fragonard and Boucher stuff and I don’t care who knows it. Anyone who paints the clouds and trees of high summer — not to mention beautiful women on a swing — is alright by me.

Friday
Jun272014

Downpour Outpour – Sunset, Thursday, 26 June 2014

William Van Doren, DOWNPOUR OUTPOUR. Sunset from Stony Point, Albemarle County, Va. Oil on Arches, 17 x 23.

Thursday
Jun262014

Vector Art – Sunset, Wednesday, 25 June 2014

William Van Doren, VECTOR ART. Sunset from Stony Point, Albemarle County, Va. Oil on Arches, 17 x 23.

Wednesday
Jun252014

The Date of the Painting Is the Same Thing as the Painting – Sunset, Tuesday, 24 June 2014

William Van Doren, THE DATE OF THE PAINTING IS THE SAME THING AS THE PAINTING. Sunset from Stony Point, Albemarle County, Va. Oil on Arches, 17 x 23.

Monday
Jun232014

Conjunction Junction – Sunset, Sunday, 22 June 2014

William Van Doren, CONJUNCTION JUNCTION. Sunset from Stony Point, Albemarle County, Va. Oil on Arches, 17 x 23.

Possibly a redundant title (although it wasn’t, in the original context), but, in any case ... it’s all connected.

Sunday
Jun222014

Solstice Behind the Scenes – Sunset, Saturday, 21 June 2014

William Van Doren, SOLSTICE BEHIND THE SCENES. Sunset from Stony Point, Albemarle County, Va. Oil on Arches, 17 x 23.

A few days around the summer solstice is the only time the sun sets almost as far north as our little local Piney Mountain. In all honesty, although the sun appeared for a while about 45 minutes before sunset, after that everything clouded up and I couldn’t see it at all. But I decided not to let a little thing like that get in the way of a full and accurate description.

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