There’s a lot of people criticizing the recently unveiled portrait of the England’s famous Princess. They say it’s dull, unattractive and makes Kate Middleton look more like Kate middle-aged. For being unattractive, it’s sure attracting a lot of attention! I really like the picture, and think the hemming and hawing has more to do with a misunderstanding of what artworks should do. Think about it, would we be as captivated with the Mona Lisa if there weren’t flaws, if she just looked like some run of the mill hollywood starlet? Hell no! Portraits are done to capture life and, if done right, make someone magically immortal through the portrait. The ideal can’t be magically immortal because it’s never real in the first place. Whether they like the picture or not, the audience senses this and responds. Remember when an amateur restoration botched the formerly classic 19th century Spanish fresco of Jesus? People flooded to the church to see the uglier, updated version. To be alive is to be flawed and even a little weird, when you get down to it. That’s what makes this portrait of Kate Middleton interesting, and worthy of being looked upon at greater length. The painting is Killin’ It!