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.


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Entries in Piney Mountain (85)

Sunday
Sep012013

Rain, Power Lines, and Piney Mountain – Sunset, Saturday, 31 August 2013

William Van Doren, RAIN, POWER LINES, AND PINEY MOUNTAIN. Sunset from Stony Point, Albemarle County, Va. Oil on watercolor block, 13 x 19.

Wednesday
Jul032013

Fire and Rain – Sunset, Tuesday, 2 July 2013

William Van Doren, FIRE AND RAIN. Sunset from Stony Point, Albemarle County, Va. Oil on watercolor block, 13 x 19.

It had been raining for hours and would keep on raining all evening and all night. When I went out at sunset, this is not what I expected.

Saturday
May182013

Low Clouds Over Piney Mountain – Sunset, Saturday, 18 May 2013

William Van Doren, LOW CLOUDS OVER PINEY MOUNTAIN. Sunset from Stony Point, Albemarle County, Va. Oil on watercolor block, 13 x 19.

Wednesday
Feb132013

Misty Mountain Hop – Sunset, Wednesday, 13 February 2013

William Van Doren, MISTY MOUNTAIN HOP. Sunset from Stony Point, Albemarle County, Va. Oil on watercolor block, 13 x 19.

Odd as it sounds, nearby Piney Mountain almost seemed to evaporate in the mist.

Saturday
Jan262013

Snow Flurries Over Piney Mountain – Sunset, Friday, 25 January 2013

William Van Doren, SNOW FLURRIES OVER PINEY MOUNTAIN. Sunset from Stony Point, Albemarle County, Va. Oil on watercolor block, 13 x 19.

Thursday
Jan172013

Snowfail – Sunset, Thursday, 17 January 2013

William Van Doren, SNOWFAIL. Sunset from Stony Point, Albemarle County, Va. Oil on watercolor block, 13 x 19.