The holidays can be especially hard when you lose a loved one. Their absence can be keenly felt in every family activity, and for those family members closest to them, every event and every photo without the departed loved one is a painful reminder.
Preserve Your Memories
However much we feel their absence, we can also often feel their presence. We imagine our loved ones at the table with us for Thanksgiving dinner, telling the same old jokes they always told. We can feel them with us as we carry on holiday traditions like hot cocoa by the fire and walks around the neighborhood to scope out the Christmas lights.
What if you could see your lost loved one taking part in your favorite traditions this year? While you’re holding their memory in your heart and carrying on as your loved one would have wished, it’s likely that you still miss them acutely. Nothing can recreate their presence in your home and in your life, but a physical representation of how they walk beside you every day might warm your heart and help the young children in your life to hold onto the memories they have.
How could this be? Our loved ones who have passed on aren’t in our photos because they’re not here, but they don’t have to be here if you’re turning a photo to a painting. In custom portrait painting, alterations can be made to include people who weren’t present for the photo. You can think of it like photo editing, but more artistic and meaningful, plus an artist can blend your loved one seamlessly into the photo.
This is absolutely possible, even if you’re not much of an artist or you don’t know any artists in real life. Turning your photo into a painting can help you keep a part of loved one close to you, a visible part of your life even though they’re not physically here.
Imagine that you’ve lost a family member in the last year. You miss them every day, and you try your best to hold onto the good memories you have of them. Memories are wonderful, but you’d also like to feel their presence in your life now.
If you’re looking for a way to keep your lost loved one as a part of your family traditions, or you’re looking for a Christmas family portrait that includes someone who is no longer with us here on earth, a custom portrait might be a great gift idea for you or someone you love.
Set Your Own Scene
Picture this: your grandfather loses his wife, your grandmother. As the first Christmas after her passing approaches, her absence is weighing heavily on your grandfather. He misses her, and he really misses her cooking as well. He’s so dreading a Christmas without her famous pecan divinity candy.
You team up with the rest of his grandchildren to plan an epic Christmas surprise. It starts with collecting her divinity recipe and a photo of her with that coy smile that your grandfather loved so much. You order a custom Christmas gift that no one in your family will ever forget, working with an incredibly talented artist to create a perfect rendering of your grandmother in her kitchen, baking up a storm, a smear of powdered sugar upon her cheek. She’s smiling up as if someone she adored just walked into the room, a twinkle in her eye and love obvious on her face.
You don’t need to actually have a picture of the scene you’re looking for. The beauty of custom paintings created from photos is that the artist can piece together the setting and make adjustments to how the subjects of the paintings appear. Maybe you had a picture of your grandmother, another of the kitchen, and you take a picture of the apron she always wore, sending the divinity recipe in, as well, to add a touch of authenticity. Portraits can bring the memories you have that were never captured on film to life.