A few months back I shared a link to my oldest daughter’s portfolio–she’s graduating with a degree in photography from Bard College in upstate New York. Well, there’s a lot more to her artistic talent than snapping pictures. To the left is a self-portrait she did in the style of Modigliani (an Italian painter/sculptor, 1884-1920, probably best known for his portraits of people with elongated body parts–especially the neck).

The problem with a painting, of course, is that there’s only one original. And since her mother, both sets of grandparents, assorted other people, and I all wanted the original, we had a real problem. I happened across PrintCopia, which has a very cool way of transforming photographs to canvas. I was a little skeptical, at first, after all, we’re dealing with my daughter’s art here… But decided to give it a try.

Went to their website, uploaded a high-res photo, selected the size, and that was it. About a week later, the package arrived and my expectations were low. But when I unpacked the package I was amazed. The quality of the canvas print was wonderful, the wooden internal frame was sturdy, and I really felt like I was holding an original.

So if you’ve got pictures that you think would make great wall-art, consider Printcopia.

Okay, I guess I have to do the full-disclosure thing: Yes, Printcopia comped me—based on the dimension of the picture, I would have been charged around $38.00. But I wouldn’t bother writing about it unless it was well worth it.