The story behind this painting is just of interesting. Basically I bought myself a book called the theoretical minimum by Leonard Susskind and while it is an amazing book by itself the first page alone has an ubelievable amazing quote by one Pierre Simon Laplace, a famous 18th century physicist.
"We may regard the present state of the universe as the effect of its past and the cause of its future. An intellect which at a certain moment would know all forces that set nature in motion and all positions of all items of which nature is composed, if this intellect were also vast enough to submit these data to analysis, it would embrace in a single formula the movements of the greatest bodies of the universe and those of the tiniest atom; for such an intellect would be uncertain and the future just like the past would be present before its eyes"
.... wow! .... just ..... wow! What a profound and even moving statement! When I read this I just knew that I had to paint Mr. Pierre Simon Laplace and am really glad that I did. Not just because I wanted the practice of painting people, but because I wanted to try and embrace through the hint of a smile, the gleam of the eye that profound feeling, inspiration and intellect.
That same undying curiosity, that insatiable desire to understand the universe and its nature. Its interesting the things that I am inspired by and the amazing people who have created this bedrock of intellect and reason. :)
The portrait itself is done completely in oils with an acrylic undercoat. This is also the first painting in which I have done a lot of experimental techniques to create a more life like caricature while still keeping something of a stylistic hand.
The painting itself is 24" inches wide and 33" inches long. It is surprisingly light weighing about 1.56 kg / 3.43 lbs and can hang on a single thumbtack without too much issue.