I recently just finished the portrait of the two sisters I have been working on for over a month now. The younger girl has a teddy bear that is remarkably similar to my own childhood Teddy. This made me feel a real kinship to her while I was painting her. It's strange how intimate painting a portrait is. You spend so much time studying the face of another person, usually someone that you may not even know that well. Drawing might be the most intense form of observation.