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 “That’s How Strong My Love Is” (1)

Tuesday
Mar302010

Sunset, Tuesday, 30 March 2010

William Theodore Van Doren. Sunset from Stony Point, Albemarle County, Va. Oil on watercolor block, 16 x 20.

Written by Roosevelt Jamison, recorded by O.V. Wright, covered by Otis Redding:

If I was the sun way up there
I’d go with love most everywhere
I’ll be the moon when the sun goes down
Just to let you know that I’m still around

That’s how strong my love is
That’s how strong my love is