Hi all, hope you are having a great weekend and keeping warm in this cold spell. I'm not looking forward to the forecast snow as I tend not to be very good at staying upright in it :).
As an artist I like to keep up with Artists and Illustrator on Facebook and spotted an article about the new portrait commissioned of Kate, Duchess of Cambridge. It has had a mixed reception. Most commentaters on Facebook disliked it, saying it made the Duchess look older than her 31 years. The art critic for the Sunday Times called it "disappointing" and for the Daily Mail said it was "a rotten portrait".
The Artist, Paul Elmsley, is noted for his portraits such as his drawing of Nelson Mandela. He has won numerous awards and is undoubtedly extremely skilled. It is a tough gig however to capture the likeness of someone who has become photographed so often in a way that will please the majority.
My own personal feelings are that she does look in her forties in this depiction. I would also have preferred that the true colour of her eyes was depicted. The worst thing for me however, is the smile that does not reach the eyes and thus appears as a smirk. Not very endearing.
What are your thoughts on the first official portrait of the future British Queen?