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For those who don't know anything about painting, in order to be a "master" painter you have to be able to paint still life, landscape and portraiture. I have accomplished 2 of those things. I am no "master". I can draw ANYTHING, I have mastered that. Painting is a different story. That's why I am interested in portraits.
So, let's break this painting down. It is really interesting that this painter didn't do a full body portrait. Princess Kate is a beautiful and very thin woman, He didn't choose to show her body. Notice the neckline, a very prim and proper bow. (can we say Puritan?). Nothing to detract from that face. Notice the hint of earring. That is important. It looks very much like earrings inherited from Princess Diana. They were from a suite Diana received as a wedding present. I only know this because I am also a metalsmith. I studied jewelry intensely in college for my thesis, the hint of Diana in that painting is not lost on me. It is subtle, but it is there, probably intentional. There is something "austere" about this painting. Other than that earring, there is nothing of luxury about this painting. Nothing that would tell you that she is a "royal" The somber, dark clothing and background, tells us that she, (not clothes or fashion) is important, at least for this portrait. Another nod to Diana, as she used to wear those bow collars all tied up around her neck. Like a noose? Interesting. Kate's mouth is closed along with her neckline. Don't say or show too much. Everything is dissected and under the microscope. It's strange that such a young person looks so old in this painting. I like that this painting is just her. This is what you take away from this portrait, it looks simple, but it is complex. Notice those big blue eyes. She takes in everything and the joke is on you, with that closed mouth smile. The humor in that painting is what gets me.
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What really interested me was what else was going on across the pond.
Thousands march in London against threat to close Lewisham Hospital Accident & Emergency unit - World Socialist Web Site
Thousands of people were marching in the street in England, because a hospital was being closed. Happens all the time in America, but
no one is marching in the street, not after Occupy. Not in America.
No one gives a damn, to get mad enough to march in the street for a hospital closing in America. You never see that in the news.However in England, and here in the US, Jobs Deficit: Austerity Politics Threaten Obama's Economy
The moral of this story is that austerity will not save us from our economic downfall. We will only fall faster into the abyss.
The 1% "let them eat cake" attitude is what Kate Middleton is smiling about.