Category Archives for Dike Mysticism

The van Doesburg Dike

Primary colors, indeed
I think you will not be too surprised when I tell you that land-water-agro visionary Wim Kol and I were working on another Dike Temple painting this week. We wanted to do a van Doesburg style rendering this time.

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And the dike goes on…

Land-water-agro visionary Wim Kol and I finished our second Dike Mysticism work this week. Or maybe I should say: we declared it finished for now. It has come out quite different from number 1. In hindsight, we were surprised about that, and we were thinking about how it had happened.

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Dike Mysticism 7 – End game

What am I working on? Last week land-water-agro visionary Wim Kol and I finished our first Dike Mysticism work. As usual, we are still not quite sure we have finished the work. But we do suspect we may have. Thinking about the earth in this painting, should it be lighter in colour?

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Dike Mysticism 6 – The end game

Tonight land-water-agro visionary Wim Kol and I struggled a bit with our Dike Mysticism work. Two weeks ago we had the black lines printed over our acrylics and the results were not quite what we had hoped for.

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Dike Mysticism 5 – The sky is up

Tonight Dutch architect (and land-water-agro visionary) Wim Kol and I finished the second to last phase of the first phase of the Dike Mysticism project. In the post before this one, I described how we stressed the clouds in the the sky with white acrylic paint and a palette knife, after we discovered that sanding was not the answer.

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The Dike, part 4 – Sanding isn’t the answer

The story of the mystical dike continues. Today Wim Kol and I tried to distress the clouds, but it wasn’t as easy a we thought it would be…

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Dike Mysticism III – Getting closer

Dominant clouds
Wim Kol and I are getting closer to finishing our first canvas in the ‘Dyke Mysticism’ series. Last night we added the abstract clouds to the yellow sky. The week before we had solidified the dike itself with a more opaque blue-green.

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Dike mysticism, continued

Wim Kol and I took the next step in our Dyke mysticism project. We set up Wim’s architectural design on canvas, my usual format, 90 x 90 cm.

Then we looked at the palette of a painting by Dutch artist Jannes de Vries. Jannes de Vries was a member of ‘De ploeg’. An expressionist movement in the northern Dutch province of Groningen. They were most active from the 30’s to the 50’s of the last century. Strongly inspired by German expressionism from the 30’s, especially Kirchner. My wife Anneke and I are fortunate enough to own several paintings by Jannes de Vries.

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Dike temple process

What have I been working on? About half a year ago I started a cooperation with Dutch architect and eco-agro-water visionary Wim Kol. We are basically producing works on 90 x 90 cm. canvases now, using a variety of techniques.

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