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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Friday
Jul042014

Shine Out – Sunset, Thursday, 3 July 2014

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

Heavy storms had just come through ... the vantage point here is a little bit north of my usual spot, with our local Piney Mountain in front.

Thursday
Jul032014

Tutti Frutti – Sunset, Wednesday, 2 July 2014

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

We had a very unusual and amazing combination of a full blazing sunset surrounded by lightning and thunderstorms. Here’s an iPhone snapshot, below, for comparison. iPhone, like many cameras, exaggerates or oversimplifies the contrasts in sky photos, but this gives some idea of what I was looking at.

Tuesday
Jul012014

Radiation Vibe – Sunset, Monday, 30 June 2014

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

I was amazed to find I’d never used this title. Thank you, Fountains of Wayne.

Monday
Jun302014

Form Follows Function – Sunset, Sunday, 29 June 2014

William Van Doren, FORM FOLLOWS FUNCTION. Sunset from Stony Point, Albemarle County, Va. Oil on Arches, 17 x 23.

Sunday
Jun292014

Reading Between the Lines – Sunset, Saturday, 28 June 2014

William Van Doren, READING BETWEEN THE LINES. Sunset from Stony Point, Albemarle County, Va. Oil on Arches, 17 x 23.

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.

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