Description Dawn, 20 January 2009 features William Theodore Van Doren's iconic painting of sunrise on President Barack Obama's Inauguration Day, as Van Doren saw it from the Iwo Jima Memorial across the Potomac River. The panoramic view of Washington includes the Memorial Bridge, the Jefferson and Lincoln Memorials, the Washington Monument, and the Capitol, where the new president would be taking his oath of office at noon. The original painting used for the poster is 18x24, oil on prepared Arches watercolor block.
William Van Doren, Albemarle County, Virginia Member Since April 2009 Artist Statement Artist at The Very Rich Hours – http://www.veryrichhours.com/. In addition to other work, I’ve painted every sunset for over seven years – since January 1, 2006 (and many before that, starting in 1995). Most are painted from the same place, facing the Blue Ridge, in Virginia, north of Charlottesville. Otherwise I paint the sunset view from wherever I happen to be. Even if painted later from a sketch, these paintings are done “alla prima” in around the same time it takes to watch the sun go down. A new sunset painting is posted each night at theveryrichhours.com and Facebook (/theveryrichhours).