#6162 PostNL EUROPA Stamps - Vogels in Nederland (Birds in the Netherlands)
I always try to send my cards with a special stamp, like this one: Vogels in Nederland (Birds in the Netherlands)
Issued on 23 April 2019 by PostNL, 6 international stamps with total amount of € 8,70
PostNL has released new stamps on 23 April 2019 for international destinations, with illustrations of the Goldfinch (Putter) and
the Bohemian Waxwing (Pestvogel). These two colourful birds have an ancient name in Dutch history. Both (watercolour) illustrations
were made by Michelle Dujardin, the stamp design by art director Yvonne Warmerdam.
On the stamps sheet Birds in the Netherlands, the illustrations of the goldfinch and the waxwing are included in the stamps to fill the screen. The illustrations by Michelle Dujardin have her characteristic minimalist style: realistic, with a slightly abstract-impressionistic touch. Michelle: "The Putter and the Pestvogel (literally Plague Bird) have been deliberately contrasted. They go well together, all 2 start with P and both have a striking nickname. And they are also a nice contrast - one loved, the other feared. While both are very beautiful birds". For both bird drawings, Michelle used photos to properly capture the feathers, the colours and the shape. "But I always take the liberty to draw my own version of the birds.
With a build-up of colours that you don't always see at first sight", says Michelle.
Michelle Dujardin works as a self-employed illustrator. After getting her degree in psychology, she decided to get back to drawing and painting, which she's always had a passion for. She tried to find a new way to combine her interests in art and the human spirit and combined her knowledge on psychology with her creative talent.
The Birds in the Netherlands stamp sheet has 6 stamps in 2 different designs, with international value indication 1 for mail up to and including 20 grams with an international destination. On the tabs on the left and right, next to the Priority logo, there is a reference to the CEE App, which can be used to listen to the distinctive birdsong.
Putter (Goldfinch - Carduelis carduelis) on the left:
The Putter (Goldfinch) has been shown in paintings as a beloved pet since the Golden Age. With a chain chained to a small cage, the bird was taught to draw its own water with a small bucket (thimble). Hence the nickname Putter, to draw (water). Fortunately, the Putter flies free again, these times in search of his beloved thistles.
Pestvogel (Bohemian Waxwing - Bombycilla garrulus) on the right:
The Pestvogel (Bohemian Waxwing) visits the Netherlands as a guest in winter. Sometimes in large numbers, sometimes it is a bird that is scarce in this cold season. In the Middle Ages he was seen as the bringer of disaster and the innocent bird got a negative name (Plague Bird). Unfortunately, this was never corrected in the centuries that followed.