22nd August 2022 Elly and Zoe
Hi, I am Elly. I hope you like this artwork. My granddaughter Zoe, seven years of age, was inspired by sailboats and painted this with some help from grandma😉.
We have a summer house in Friesland. Every year, there are sailboats on the lake called Sneekermeer for a whole week with lots of festivities. We stayed there with Zoe and her little brother Vik. Zoe loved watching those sailboats of different colours. So I decided that we paint together as she was excited by those boats that pass by our home.
The most exciting event is the Skutsjesilen. It is a boat race of skutsjes, a Dutch barge or cargo ship, but now they are heavily prized. From the 18th century till 1930, such boats were popular for cargo. They are 12 to 20 metres long and 4 metres wide and fitted with sails. After WWII, these boats were transformed into houseboats. I think it is exciting living in such boats😂😂, what do you think?
Every year, the race takes place in Friesland, and each skutsje represents a village. The whole area comes alive with lots of festivities organised by the local bars and hotels. We spent a lovely morning together painting this picture, and we hope the readers can feel the festive joy from our painting😊😊😍. We hope local events will inspire you to paint and share them here😊😊.