people sketches

Last week I had an 'art date' with a friend and we went out to sketch. I love art dates!

Of course we chatted a lot too, but I did fill two sketchbook pages. I like this one above very much, except for the left corner sketch. i don't know what happened there :)

Yesterday it was Queen's Day, our Dutch national holiday. We celebrate Queen Beatrix's birthday although her official birthday is januari 31. Long story, if you're interested - see text below.

Orange is the national colour of the Netherlands, and many people will wear anything orange they own. The weather was absolutely beautiful yesterday - it was a true summer day. This morning it was raining cats and dogs. We sure were lucky to be celebrating outside in the sun!

Curious about Queen's Day?

Koninginnedag (About this sound pronunciation (helpยทinfo)) or Queen's Day is a national holiday in the Kingdom of the Netherlands. Celebrated on 30 April, Koninginnedag is Queen Beatrix's official celebration day. Though Queen Beatrix was born on 31 January, the holiday is observed on 30 April as it was the birthday of her mother and predecessor, Juliana. Many of the traditional activities are held outside, and observing the holiday in April makes suitable weather more likely.
The holiday was first observed on 31 August 1885 as Prinsessedag or Princess's Day, the fifth birthday of Princess Wilhelmina, heiress to the Dutch throne. On her accession, the holiday acquired its present name, Koninginnedag. When held on 31 August the holiday was the final day of school summer vacation, leading to its popularity among children. Following the accession of Wilhelmina's daughter Queen Juliana in 1948, the holiday was moved to her birthday. Her daughter, Beatrix retained the celebration on 30 April after she took the throne in 1980.
Koninginnedag is known for its nationwide vrijmarkt ("free market" or flea market), at which many Dutch sell their secondhand items. It is also an opportunity for "orange madness" or oranjegekte, for the national colour, when the normally straight-laced Dutch let down their hair,[1] often dyed orange for the occasion.

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