One of the most popular uses for canvas printing has always been the family portrait. Photos of the whole family together or each individual, makes for instantly affecting and emotionally resonant wall art that not only captures your family at a moment in time, but celebrates your love and bond with everyone who enters your home.
Of course, we all know that such portraits often look the same, with everyone posed and smiling. There’s certainly nothing wrong with your standard family portrait as a great piece of canvas art, but why not have a little fun with it? There’s no law that states you have to make your family portraits look like everyone else’s. Here are a few ideas inspired by fine art and classic images that can elevate your family portraits beyond the ordinary.
Family Portraits Canvas Printing from Classic Paintings
In the old days before photography, only the very wealthy and powerful could afford to have portraits created, and that meant that portraiture attracted the greatest artistic minds in the world. Many of those family portraits now hang in your local art museum and have been studied and celebrated as masterpieces.
With a little creativity, and a little Photoshop magic, you can replicate these classic portraits in your own family photos – and then make them into your own museum wall through the magic of canvas printing. Here are some fun suggestions for starting places for each family member.
Portrait Inspiration for the Whole Family
Dad. You have to go with the classic Rembrandt Self-Portrait for the father in the family. Whether or not you have to commit to the costume is, of course, up to Dad, but just getting the pose, the tone, and the lighting to match up instantly makes this a portrait to remember.
Mum. Can you do anything beside The Mona Lisa? In fact, this is one portrait where it’s easy to paste Mum’s pose onto the original painting’s background, creating an instantly-recognisable (and incredibly fun) moment for anyone who walks into the room – and ideal for canvas art.
The Kids. For boys, the obvious choice is The Blue Boy. While most boys will baulk at the rather fancy costume, you can get the effect by having them dress nicely in a blue-themed outfit and striking the pose. For girls, The Girl with a Pearl Earring is iconic for a reason – a beautiful pose, classic and enduring.
No one will imagine you have a time-travelling master painting your portraits, but they will recognise your portrait inspirations and be delighted at them. Get the most out of using canvas printing for your family portraits by reaching back in time and drawing inspiration from the greatest artists in history!