Anyone can paint watercolor portraits, using the light and dark shadowing of anyone's face.
Not being an art major, I was a little skeptical. But the step-by-step tutorial proves she's right! All you need is a digital photo printout (faces plus partial bodies seem to work best); plain paper; a pencil; your computer ..and of course, a set of watercolors. You could do it with a 99-cent kids set, or a professional watercolor palette: good results, either way.
Go here for full details. Why not do a portrait (or two) for a Christmas present?
(Elise does custom work, too.)