I Love the Internet!
Look at the photo above. Looks like an oil painting, huh? Well, I just went outside and took that photo and uploaded to a cool website where you can edit and enhance your photos. I clicked on "oil painting" and viola~done! I modified a thumb-nail sized photo, so there were very few pixels, thus the impressionistic quality, which I love. I also tried it with full size photos from the beach and they looked more real-life painted, if that makes sense.
I plan to print out this flag photo and copy it with real paints to hang somewhere in the house. I've always wanted an oil painting of my home! And my kids....and my dog....and my roses....hmmmm...the possibilities are limitless!
BTW, I painted the banner of the children with the umbrella 25 years ago, copying from a little notecard. I can copy anything, just can't draw from real life.
Try out the website!