Welcome to The Very Rich Hours, where you can find postings of each day’s sunset. (Currently there are problems with the Squarespace server, so the best place to see every sunset painting is via the Facebook page.) I’ve been painting every sunset since January 1, 2006.
This journal is named for the 15th-century illuminated manuscript The Very Rich Hours of the Duke of Berry (Très Riches Heures du Duc de Berry).
Most of these sunsets are seen from the same vantage point, facing the Blue Ridge, north of Charlottesville, Virginia. Even when I’m traveling and the sunset has to be done later from sketches, all of these works are painted “alla prima” — wet in wet, without later revision or overpainting, in about the same time it takes to watch the sun go down.
William Van Doren, COLD WAVE. Sunset from Lynchburg, Va. Oil on watercolor block, 13 x 19.
Based on a glance out the car window crossing the John Lynch Bridge into Lynchburg, Va. I had a sunset all sketched out, from a few minutes earlier, riding in the car up in Amherst County ... then I saw this, for only a second or two, and my sketch was just a few lines. But this was the one.