Welcome to The Very Rich Hours, where you can find postings of each day’s sunset. 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.
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William Van Doren, DOOR NO. 3 (Sunset from Stony Point, Albemarle County, Va.) Oil on watercolor block, 13 x 19.
By waiting past the initial stage – a brilliant sunburst and dirty-bright ice white clouds – and then sunset proper – old gold and purple – I came to the twilight, which seemed to have more of the feeling of day’s end. And which brought the moon into the picture.