Have you ever needed a particular gift but couldn't find it anywhere? My wife and I needed a New York themed photo album to gift to family visiting from over seas. The only problem was not finding something that suited us.
We happened upon simple kraft covered photo albums at a local bookstore. Why not paint a New York scene? So, to complement their winter visit to New York, I painted a winter view of Central Park. I masked the edges with masking tape to result in nice clean edges when it was all done. I went directly to paints working from photo reference to give it that plein air effect.