I recently came across PaintYourLife.com, a website and company that can convert your favorite photos into painted or hand-drawn works of art. You can order something done in Oil, Watercolor, Charcoal, Pastel, Acrylic, or Pencil. If you want, they’ll ship it to you in a tube, or you could have it framed.
The site is very user friendly, and they’ve got a ton of pictures to browse. This is my favorite image from their site:
Depending on the type of art and the service you choose, your custom painting can arrive in anywhere from 1 to 4 weeks. You can preview your painting before receiving it. You can buy gift certificates for your friends. And you can provide special instructions for the artist, as is the case when you want the painting to be different in some way from the photograph. I always insist on adding Scarlett Johansson to every painting I commission!
I think one of the rules of giving great and unique gifts is to make them personalized and memorable. Secretly ordering a professional piece of art based on a photograph is a neat way to surprise someone. Won’t they be thrilled to be immortalized on canvas? I think so. And if the Dorian Gray effect occurs, so much the better!
These days, with so much digital this and digital that, it’s highly comforting to be able to relax and enjoy a quality painting on the wall that isn’t of strangers, or flowers, or clowns. It’s of you and your loved ones, and it looks terrific! Thank goodness for PaintYourLife.com.